Masala French Fries: A Crispy Indian Twist On The Classic!

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French fries are a universal comfort food, but have you ever tried them with an Indian twist? Indian spices add a whole new dimension of flavor, taking your fries from ordinary to extraordinary. This recipe will show you how to make crispy, golden fries packed with the warmth of Indian spices.


French Fries Recipe (Crispy & Perfect)
French Fries Recipe (Crispy & Perfect)

3 large russet potatoes

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder (adjust for heat preference)
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh cilantro (optional, for garnish)

  • Instructions:

    1. Prepare the Potatoes: Wash and peel the potatoes. Cut them into even-sized sticks, about 1/4 inch thick and 2-3 inches long. You can use a knife or a mandoline for this step.

    2. Soak the Potatoes: Soak the potato sticks in cold water for at least 30 minutes. This helps remove excess starch, leading to crispier fries.

    3. Dry Thoroughly: After soaking, remove the potatoes from the water and pat them dry with a clean kitchen towel. Excess moisture will prevent them from crisping properly.

    4. Heat the Oil: In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. You can test if the oil is hot enough by dropping a small piece of potato in. If it sizzles and floats to the surface, the oil is ready.

    5. First Fry (Optional): For extra crispy fries, you can do a double fry. Fry the potatoes in batches for 2-3 minutes, until they are slightly softened and par-cooked but not browned. Remove the potatoes from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain them on paper towels. Reduce the heat to medium-low after frying each batch.

    6. Second Fry: Once all the potatoes are par-cooked, increase the heat back to medium-high. Fry the potatoes in batches again, for 3-4 minutes per batch, until golden brown and crispy.

    7. Spicing Up the Fries: While the second batch of fries is cooking, prepare the spice mix. In a small bowl, combine the turmeric, chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, and garam masala.

    8. Seasoning the Fries: Once the second batch of fries are golden brown, remove them from the oil and drain them on paper towels. Immediately sprinkle the hot fries with the spice mix and toss gently to coat them evenly. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

    9. Garnish and Serve: For a burst of freshness, garnish your Indian-style fries with chopped fresh cilantro. Serve them hot with your favorite dipping sauce, like ketchup, mint chutney, or tamarind chutney.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):

    Calories: Approximately 300 (depending on oil absorption)

  • Fat: 15g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Sodium: Varies depending on salt amount used

  • Conclusion

    These Indian-style fries are a delightful way to enjoy a classic dish with a new twist. The combination of crispy potatoes and warm Indian spices creates an addictive flavor profile. So next time you’re craving fries, give this recipe a try and experience the deliciousness of Indian cuisine with a familiar comfort food.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. Can I use a different type of potato?

    Yes, you can use other types of potatoes like Yukon Gold or sweet potatoes. However, russet potatoes are the best choice for achieving crispy fries due to their lower moisture content.

    2. How can I make these fries vegan?

    Simply substitute the vegetable oil with any vegan cooking oil, like canola oil or avocado oil.

    3. What dipping sauces pair well with these fries?

    Ketchup is a classic choice, but you can also try Indian chutneys like mint chutney or tamarind chutney for a more flavorful option. Raita, a yogurt-based dip with cucumber and spices, is also a refreshing accompaniment.

    4. Can I bake these fries instead of frying them?

    Yes, you can bake the fries on a preheated baking sheet at 400°F (200°C) for 20-25 minutes, flipping them halfway through, until golden brown and crispy. However, frying will achieve a superior level of crispness.

    5. How can I reheat leftover fries?