Masala French Fries

Today, I am sharing a delicious masala french fries recipe. In this recipe, you first prepare a spicy masala coating for the french fries before you deep fry them. I will share in the directions below how to prepare the potatoes so that you can get extra crispy results out of your french fries. These masala fries make a perfect accompaniment to these Zinger Burgers, so make sure to check out that recipe. These are also excellent to serve at tea time.

When making the masala fries, you can adjust the spices according to your taste. If you want less spice, add half of all the mentioned spices above. And for those who are looking for a healthier option, you can cut the potatoes into thicker wedges and then bake the fries instead of frying them. (See NOTE below under the directions.)

Directions

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  1. Prepping the potatoes: Peel and wash the potatoes. Then with a sharp knife, cut each potato first into 4 to 5 vertical pieces and then cut each of the pieces into sticks (so they look like traditional french fries) or you can cut the potatoes into thicker wedges.
  2. Place the potato fries into a large bowl filled with cold water and allow the potatoes to soak at least 2-3 hours. TIP: You can even prep the potatoes a day before you want to fry them so just cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator overnight. This is to ensure that the excess starch is removed from the potatoes and they fry up nice and crisp.
  3. After allowing the fries to soak, drain the water and place them on a tray lined with paper towels. Then take a paper towel and dab to dry the fries. This is so the masala will stick to the fries.
  4. Assembling the masala fries: Take a large bowl and place the fries in it. Sprinkle the potatoes with the remaining ingredients: red chili powder, garlic powder, paprika powder, crushed cumin powder, coriander powder, ajwain, crushed black pepper, salt, and corn flour/starch. Toss the potatoes in the dry spice mixture well.
  5. Add a tablespoon of water to the bowl and mix it in. If needed, add an additional tablespoon of water to help all the spices stick to the potato fries.
  6. Heat a deep skillet or pot of oil over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the fries in. Make sure not to overcrowd the skillet (fry in batches if necessary).
  7. Lower the heat to medium and fry the french fries until golden and crispy, about 5-6 minutes. TIP: The oil should not be so hot when you add the potatoes that it is splattering because that means you need to turn the temperature down! The oil should be bubbling gently while frying.
  8. Remove the fried masala fries onto a serving platter lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil. Sprinkle with chaat masala or dash of black pepper for garnish. Serve along sandwiches or with tea. Enjoy!

Storage: Masala fries are best if you enjoy them when nice and hot. If you store them in the refrigerator, they will lose their crispiness.

Servings: 2 (you can double the recipe for more)

*NOTE: If you want a healthier option, you can bake the fries in a preheated oven at 450° F for about 35 minutes or until nice and crispy.