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Spicy, baked potato ‘fries’

Potatoes – a dirty, dirty word these days! I hear people around me constantly saying, ‘Lay off the potato, if you want to lose weight’, ‘Stop eating potatoes if you are diabetic – far too much sugar’ and many more such ‘telling offs’ on a regular basis. But then, having grown up in North India, it is unimaginable to think of a ‘sabzi’ without the addition of the humble potato and to be fair, it does make a dish go far….really far.

Anyway, since I would never, ever act on such advice, and insult the amazing potato family, I quickly move to my kitchen planner and add a gorgeous snack to be served for my family and friends over Diwali. FRIES…Very crisp, golden and finger-licking good. Want some? Go on then, indulge yourself with fries…Here is my take on the recipe:

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large potato
  • sea salt to sprinkle (as per taste)
  • 1/2  tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tbsp  ghee
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon or to taste chilli powder
  • Curry leaves (optional)

METHOD

  • Wash and dry the potato really, really well – don’t leave any moisture. Leave the skin on, adds to the crispiness.
  • Use a mandoline to slice them extremely thin or alternatively, use your hands and the powerful knife.
  • Remove all moisture by patting them dry, really well (very, very important for the crispiness factor!)
  • Now, in bowl, add the veg oil, ghee and all the spices and salt. Now, add the very finely sliced potato and bake!
  • Get your oven up to the highest setting
  • In the middle layer of the oven, place these potato sticks on a parchment paper, ensuring there is no over lapping (another important factor for crispiness)
  • Bake for about 10 minutes but do shake it around in between and keep an eye on it – remember, they are very thin and hence cook really fast! So, pour yourself a cuppa in the kitchen itself and hang around on fries duty.

No oven? Fear not…Grease your microwave tray – then lay out the potato crisps- even layer, no over lapping and cook for 2 – 4 minutes and check. All this will depend on the power of your microwave, so keep checking and cooking.

Serve straight away in cones made out of yesterday’s newspaper…It’s got to be eaten the right way…is all about presentation, isn’t it and the taste of course!

Happy entertaining people! Also, a big thank you to Sala for the delicious fries inspiration.

Shilpa xx