Patates Yahni: A Traditional Greek Potato Stew Recipe

I love potatoes served in many different ways. And patates yahni is no exception to the rule. Patates yahni is the name of the traditional Greek potato stew recipe. This is a dish you should definitely try if you are a potato lover.  

Patates yahni is healthy, cheap, and easy to make. As my kids also love this, it is an absolute family favorite. Ideal if you are a vegetarian, this patates yahni recipe requires the following ingredients: potatoes, onion, olive oil, garlic clove, carrot, canned tomatoes, oregano, salt, and pepper. 

This patates yahni recipe serves 4 persons. It takes around 20 minutes to prepare and one and a half hours to cook. 

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Patates Yahni: Ingredients

  • 6 potatoes
  • 1/4 cup of Greek olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped fine
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 2 large carrots, sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano

Patates Yahni: How to Make

  1. Start this authentic Greek potato stew recipe by washing well the potatoes under fresh water.
  2. Peel, cut, and place the potatoes in a bowl with cold water. 
  3. Take a pot and add the olive oil. Bring to boil over medium temperature and lightly sauté the onion, garlic clove, and carrots. 
  4. Add the tomato paste diluted in 1 cup water. 
  5. Cook for about 10 minutes. 
  6. Add the potatoes, one more cup of water, salt and pepper, and the oregano. 
  7. Cover the pot and simmer for 1 hour or until the potatoes become tender and are easily pierced with a fork. The sauce should be thick and red, with all the water absorbed.
  8. Serve while patates yahni is still hot. 
I like eating this dish with some feta cheese and fresh bread. Enjoy!