Marathi Culture and Festivals

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Batata kisacha pola

Hash brown potatoes - Marathi style!

Tapioca pearls, a.k.a. Sabudana, are available in Indian grocery store. I used the ‘regular’ variety but can be replaced with ‘instant’ sabudana.


Potatoes grated - 2 large

Sabudana soaked - 2 tsp.

Green chilli chopped - 2

Salt - 1 tsp

Oil/ Ghee - for shallow frying (2-3 tsp)


Mix and mash potatoes, sabudana, chilli and salt.

Heat a flat non-stick pan, then add potato mix and flatten it (like a pizza).

Add oil/ghee on sides, cover and cook for about five minutes.

When ‘pola’ turns brown, it is ready to eat.

Serve with a slice of lemon, yogurt or buttermilk.

Makes two servings

 Sabudana Kheer

Tapioca pearl dessert


Sabudana (soaked) - ½ cup

Sugar - 5 tb.sp

Milk (2%) - 1 ¼ cup

Water - 1 cup

Cardamom powder - ½ tsp.

Saffron - few strands


Wash and soak sabudana for few hours (or half an hour for the instant variety).

Boil water in a sauce pan. Add sabudana and stir. Cook for five minutes till sabudana turns transparent. Add sugar, cardamom, and saffron. Add milk after turning the stove off.

Makes two servings and can be served either warm or chilled.

Garnish and share your kheer pics with us send them to kokatayash@gmail.com