Chatu Batibasa

May 29, 2019mayurisjikoni
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May is when participants of Shhhh Cooking Secretly had to find an apt dish from the Odia Cuisine with the ingredients given by their partners.Orissa as it was known before and now known as Odisha, is a state that I’d love to visit one day. When one talks of Odisha then Bhubaneswar and Puri , the land of Jagannath Temple comes to mind. Other reasons to visit the state is for the art and craft, the beaches, the wildlife and Kalinga Architecture, home to both the white and Bengal tigers, to watch Odissi dances and to enjoy the cuisine. Odisha borders four states, Jharkhand in the north, West Bengal in northeast, Andhra Pradesh in the southwest and Chhattisgarh in the west.

Recently Odisha suffered from a severe cyclonic storm Fani, India’s strongest cyclone in 20 years. Though the devastation was widespread, due to technology and evacuations it is said that only about 40 lost their lives. Rebuilding efforts are their way from donations have been pouring in.

Coming to Odia Cuisine, rice is the staple food and food is prepared with minimum amount of oil and spices. Many of the sweets are chenna (paneer based). Panch Phutana or panch phoron is the common spice mixture used in many dishes. It consists of cumin, mustard, fennel, nigella and fenugreek seeds.

Some very famous dishes from Odisha Cuisine are the following:

  • Chenna Poda, a baked sweet dish made from chenna (paneer)
  • Chakuli Pitha a dosa like breakfast dish
  • Dalma – all time comfort dal preparation with some vegetables added to it
  • Pakhala Bhaat where cooked rice is allowed to ferment in water usually consumed during summer with roasted vegetables or fish
  • Ghanta – a mixed vegetable preparation usually served with rice or roti.
  • Khatta – sweet and tangy chutneys made from tomato, raw mango or elephant apple.
  • Badi Chura – crushed badis are used to make a dry preparation and can be enjoyed with pakhala bhaat
  • Dahi Maacha – fish is prepared in yogurt
  • Chingudi Jhola – prawn curry
  • Kankada Jhola – crab curry
  • Aloo Potol Rossa – a pointed ivy gourd and potato curry
  • Saaga Moonga – leafy greens are prepared with lentils
  • Besara – vegetables or fish is cooked in a mustard curry
  • Dahi Kanji – is a tangy soup like dish
  • Rasabali – fried cheese balls in thick milk
  • Pahala Rasagulla  – special brown rasagullas
  • Dahi Bara- Aaloo Dum-Ghuguni – lentils in yogurt with curries
  • Khasta Khaja or pheni,  Lord Jagannath’s favorite sweet
  • Kheer sagar – little cheese balls in thick sweet milk
  • Cheena Gaja -sweet syrupy dish made from cottage cheese and semolina
  • Arisa Pitha – made from rice flour, jaggery and fried
  • Manda Pitha/Enduri Pitha – Manda pitha is made from semolina and usually with a filling. Endure pitha is made from rice flour. Both are steamed
  • khicede or khichdi which is the main offering at the Lord Jagannath temple
  • Gupchup or what we know as pani puri
  • kanika – a sweet rice which is usually prepared as offering for Lord Jagannath.
  • Santula – mixed vegetables are boiled to make a simple yet delicious curry
  • kadali manja rai – plantain stem is cooked in garlic, coriander, cardamom and cinnamon

I initially was not planning to participate as I was not sure I’d get all the ingredients required to make an Odia dish in Bali. I had panch phoron at my Bangalore home but forgot to carry it. Sujata my partner for this cuisine gave me mustard seeds and ginger as my secret ingredients. Sujata who blogs at Batter Up with Sujata, has a wide selection of cookies, cakes and traditional recipes. I gave Sujata semolina and milk to make an Odia dish. She made a very delicious traditional Odia sweet dish, Rasaballi.

I decided to make Chatu Batibasa using the secret ingredients she gave me. Bati means vessel and basa means steamed in Odia. This is a traditional Odia dish which is generally cooked over chullah where the wood or coal fire is about to die down. The ingredients are mixed together in the traditional bati and allowed to cook slowly without any water. While women go about their work the curry or sabji cooks on its own. A variety of vegetables like eggplants, radish, pumpkin, traditional greens and fish can be used to make batibasa.

I used a mixture of mushrooms(chatu) and potato to make this delicious, easy to cook dish.

batibasa 2

batibasa 1


batibasa 3


Serves 4

Recipe Idea: Culinary Xpress

500g mushrooms, I used half button mushrooms and half white crab mushrooms

2 medium potatoes

I large onion, finely chopped

1 large tomato, finely chopped

6-8 cloves of garlic

2-3 red chilis finely chopped

1″ inch ginger, cut into small pieces

½ – ¾ tsp salt

1 tbsp oil (use mustard oil if you have any)

2 tbsp yellow mustard seeds (rai)

1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)

½ tsp turmeric powder

¼ tsp red chilli powder

2 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped

  1. Soak yellow mustard seeds in  2 tbsp water.
  2. Wash the mushrooms to get rid of any grit and soil. Wipe them dry on a tea towel or kitchen towel.
  3. Cut the button mushrooms into quarters or halves depending on the size.
  4. Cut the white crab mushrooms into half or leave them whole.
  5. Peel, wash and cut the potatoes into cubes.
  6. Grind or crush the soaked yellow mustard seeds, cumin seeds, garlic, and ginger into a paste.
  7. Add turmeric, red chili powder and salt to the paste and mix well.
  8. Put a wok, karai or a pan over medium heat.
  9. Add the mushrooms, potato, onion and tomato into the wok, karai or pan.
  10. Add the paste.
  11. Mix well.
  12. Cover the pan and lower the heat.
  13. Let the steam realized from the mushrooms, onion and tomato cook the batibasa till done.
  14. In between just check that the mixture is not sticking to the pan.
  15. If the water dries up add about ¼ cup water or less.
  16. Add coriander and serve immediately with some rice, roti or paratha.


  • Add vegetables of your choice to make a batibasa.
  • I used mushrooms that I could get, use traditional ones if you find some.
  • Remember to cook the curry over very low heat.
  • You can use brown mustard seeds instead of yellow ones.

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  • namscorner18

    May 30, 2019 at 3:29 am

    Slow cooked recipes are always more flavorful and delicious. Chatu Batibasa looks so tempting. We learn a lot by exploring different cuisine.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 1, 2019 at 11:56 am

      Thanks Narmadha and yes I too have learnt so much from this group.

  • Desislava Markova

    May 30, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Oh wow this look so YUMMY! Need to try it. | Fashion Blog | by Dess

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 1, 2019 at 11:53 am

      Thanks Desislava.

    2. poonampagar

      June 11, 2019 at 7:13 pm

      I love reading your blogs di. They are so informative. This slow cooked mushroom and potato curry sounds flavorful with a simple and easy recipe.

      1. mayurisjikoni

        June 12, 2019 at 2:11 am

        Thank you so much Poonam.

  • The Girl Next Door

    May 31, 2019 at 9:36 am

    I love this recipe! It sounds so delicious, and yet the curry looks supremely flavourful. 🙂 It would make for a wonderful side for rotis and rice alike, I’m sure. Glad to see you managed to find some ingredients and cook for the challenge even while travelling.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 1, 2019 at 11:51 am

      Thank you so much Priya. Normally we find the recipe and buy the ingredients accordingly, here I had the ingredients and had to search for the recipe 🙂

  • Vasusvegkitchen

    May 31, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Good information about Odisha and its famous food 👌, Chatu Batibasa bowl looks very tasty and healthy. Mustard and cumin paste adds very unique flavours which I can feel it 🤗, as I was not big fan of that flavour when I first tasted food in Odisha. But later it become my favourite, now I am missing it alot.. ❤️

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 1, 2019 at 11:49 am

      Thank you so much Aruna. I too was a bit worried how that much amount of mustard would taste in a dish, but we loved it.

  • Alka Jena

    June 2, 2019 at 3:17 am

    I love your dedication towards what you believe in and that reflects in the dish you made . Keep cooking and keep shining.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 2, 2019 at 10:43 am

      Thanks Alka.

  • Priya Satheesh

    June 12, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Perfect ! I love mustard flavoured dish but never tried using mushroom in it. Loved the addition of two varieties in this recipe.. Must try recipe i guess.. Will try sometime.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 15, 2019 at 2:08 am

      Thanks Priya, we loved it with mustard.

  • Renu Agrawal Dongre

    June 13, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    I like the fact how versatile this recipe is, can be made with any vegetables. Though I loved those mushrooms , adds a different texture to the dish

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 15, 2019 at 2:07 am

      Thanks Renu, my next try will be with other veggies.

  • shobhakeshwani

    June 13, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    The sabzi looks delicious.. It is very rare to see any other variety of mushrooms except button mushrooms in India.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 15, 2019 at 2:07 am

      That’s true Shobha.

  • Sujata Shukla

    June 14, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Your post took me back to my childhood in West Bengal, with my mother making rotis and subzi over the chula. Food had a special taste in such an environment. I must try this Chatu Batibasa, slow cooked and just as you have described it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 15, 2019 at 2:06 am

      Thanks Sujata.

  • Pavani

    June 15, 2019 at 3:15 am

    The recipe sounds very interesting and it looks absolutely delicious and loved the way you explained it. Bookmarking this recipe as my hubby likes dishes with mushrooms a lot.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 17, 2019 at 5:45 am

      Thanks Pavani, please try it out.

  • Priya

    June 15, 2019 at 9:06 am

    i love Mushrooms and this slow cooked sabzi looks amazing. The use of button and crab mushrooms must be giving such an interesting texture to this sabzi…gimme a bowl as is 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 17, 2019 at 5:44 am

      Thanks Priya, both mushrooms made the curry taste delicious.

  • Batter Up With Sujata

    June 15, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Loved this dish and as well as your dedication. I am very happy that you have Participated this month and shared this wonderful recipe. Really loved this simple yet mouthwatering recipe. In Bengal we also make a bati chochchori like this Batibasa. Lovely share.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 17, 2019 at 5:44 am

      Thanks Sujata.

  • Seema Doraiswamy Sriram

    June 22, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    This is an incredible slowcooked recipe. Mushrooms and potato sound really good together as well. It is interesting to know the origins of this recipe and how it is cooked in the dying embers.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 24, 2019 at 4:49 am

      Thanks Seema, a style of cooking that is fast dying out in the fast world.

  • Sasmita Sahoo Samanta

    June 27, 2019 at 6:41 am

    Ahaaaaa so flavorful dish it is. Use of this varieties of mushroom is stealing the show. I love to pair with some rice dal combo. Awesome share di

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 28, 2019 at 9:17 am

      Thanks Sasmita.

  • sizzlingtastebuds

    July 21, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    This is such a delightful treat for mushroom lovers, mayuri ! would go well with hot fulkas for sure..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 23, 2019 at 10:53 am

      Thanks Kalyani.

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