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Masala French Fries are an exciting twist on french fries, and they are great to serve with cocktails or as an appetizer.

Recipe serves 2 to 4.

Masala French Fries

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium russet potato
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mint powder (sukha podina)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (kali mirch)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon citric acid (tatri)
  • Oil to fry

Method:

  1. Peel the potatoes wash and cut into French fries.
  2. Mix the salt with potato and let it sit for about ten minutes.
  3. Drain the salt water well and lightly pat dry.
  4. Mix cornstarch, salt, mint powder, citric acid, red and black pepper together.
  5. Sprinkle the spice mix over potatoes and mix well so all the fries are covered with spices.
  6. Heat the oil in frying pan on medium high heat.
  7. The frying pan should have at least 1 1/2 inch of oil. To check if the oil is ready, just put potato strip in frying pan. Potato should sizzle.
  8. Fry the fries till they become gold in color all around, turn the fries a few times while frying.
  9. Remove fries from oil and place on paper towel.
  10. Serve hot and enjoy!

Variations

  1. Replace dry mint with dry fenugreek leaves.
  2. Feel free to experiment.

Tips

You can make the fries few hours before serving. Heat the fries in oven at 350 degrees for seven to ten minutes before serving.


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63 thoughts on “Masala French Fries

  1. I want to make Chana Masla for 12 people. If I have to soak chana how much should I soak? And How many cups of flour I will need for Bhaturas?

    1. For 12 people –

      If you are serving light appetizers , then soak atleast 6 cups of cholla wheras if appetizer is heavy then 5 cups of cholla would be sufficient.

      For bhatura , in 1 cup maida one can make 3-4 bhaturas so u should prepare the dough accordingly. If we consider that each person takes 2-3 bhaturas then I think 11 cups of maida would be sufficient.

      And if in case bhatura dough is left , u can make roti from that dough the next day . the roti’s made from this dough taste similar to naan.

      Thank you.

  2. Hello Aunty,

    Just a question for this recipe. Can I make it in advance and store it in bag for a week. And before serving bake it.

    Will it turn out great as it looks?
    Kindly let me know.

    Thanks,
    Jyoti

  3. delicious…!!!! u r the best chef . i tried so many dishes which u upload in your site . its amazing

  4. hello manjula, this z madiha from saudi arab. i am a big fan of yours… i love the way u r teaching us cooking n that makes me inspire to cook as well. plz keep up sharing your cooking recipies. lots of thanx to u!!

  5. Dear Madam,

    Thank you very much for all the lovely recipes! You inspire me to shed my

    laziness and be a good cook. Earlier the very thought of preparing

    vegetarian food used to scare me….until i happen see your videos! You are

    my “Food Fairy”!!!!! Love the warmth with which you do the presentation.

    Hugs to you … and your lovely grand daughter…and of course the videographer!!! take care…..

  6. Hi, manjula aunty i am really thankful to you for giving such wonderful recipies we really enjoy eating so many varieties of food. whenever i feel like preparing some new recipe, i remember u & log on to your website & i get the method of doing it.Thank u once again you are simply SUPERB!

  7. hi, manjula aunty

    what is the citric acid? what is the use of this citric acid in this recipe? can I use “baking soda” instead of “citric acid”?

    Give your reply

    Thank You,

  8. Dear Majula,

    I am very grateful to you for all the work you do to bring us this wonderful recipies. My husband and I have improve our diet thanks to you.

    I love watching you cook you make it all very easy to follow and apply.

    Lots of love

    1. Hello Madam,

      This is Suchisuvra from Kolkata. I really learnt a lot from you. I have tried ur Pizza bread and pani puri at home and it was a grand success.
      Thanx a lot and plz keep posting ur new recipes.

      Suchisuvra.

  9. Hi, Manjula.

    I want to try these and the masala peanuts. I’m wondering how you dispose of the oil in your pan, or can it be reused? Thanks.

  10. Dear Manjula,
    Is it possible to use a substitute for the citric acid? For example, would lemon or lime juice be acceptable? Thank you. I enjoy your site.

  11. Hi Manjula,

    Just loved cooking most of the dishes shown on your site. They are just awesome. i am here in US for a short while and was missing homemade food cooked by my mom. Loved cooking them after seeing how you do it. For Diwali I cooked kalakand after seeing at your site…. And it just turned awesome… my husband and little on just loved it. Thanks a Ton!

  12. I usually see recipes all are really very good and i am also following most of your recipe. Thank you very much for sharing different kinds of recipes with us.

  13. Hello Manjula:
    I have just discovered your website. Love your recepies, however, could you tell us how to strain or keep the oil used for frying – do you throw it away after frying certain dishes.

    thanks!

    Mtl Canada

  14. Dear manjula ma’am,

    I go thru ur website regularly. I just love the way u prepare food without using onions/garlic. I had a question. I came across this website – http://www.paajaka.com/2006/10/potato-chips.html
    I didn’t understand how to make chips with this recipe. It is not very clear.Could u please please help me out with this? I don’t understand how to mix chilly powder to the chips.

    Thanks
    Swathi

  15. hello manjula,
    your recipes are very easy and now i serve my family a new dish everyday only because of you…God bless u millions…ur recipes are very easy to understand and take very less time to prepare, before i was juz dreaming to make new dishes but now i can..once again thanks alot and keep it up….thanks thanks thanks thanks alot.

  16. My sister from Canada sent me this site. Great idea..I have 3 childern,boys now 25,23, and daughter just turn 21. All born and raised in California and vegiterian. We cook all different items from all over the world and I had huge recipe collection from 4 differnet contries. all burnt down with the house in San Diego fire, October 2007. We are almost done rebuilding, this is great idea…we will be making your recipes as a family bonding in our gourmet kitchen. Thanks a million..can’t wait. Lots of love and laughs from, Pankajbala Patel

  17. My dear manjula mam,

    May Lord bless you. Your recepies are wonderful and I have almost stopped eating food from outside.
    We came to know that healthy and tasty food can be made at home without any tast enhancing
    chemicals.

    warm regards

    Jyothi &Sreeni

  18. Dear Mam,

    wonderful variety of receipes with good videos to explain for youngsters like us.
    I would like to know if you have tried baked french fries?If so, pl share your tips. I did try ,but ended not very crispy and got a little stuck to the parchment paper?

    Thanks Shuba

  19. Namaste Manjula mam,
    Is it okay to use the same oil used for frying the french fries for other dishes or we should simply discard the oil after use. Also in which occasions can we reuse the same oil used for deep frying?

    1. Whether or not to re-use oil depends on what’s already been fried in it and if it has left a flavor in the oil that will affect the taste of other foods fried in the same oil.

      If the oil is not affected from the first frying, strain it through a strainer if you need to clean it from particles that have dropped off from the earlier frying (after the oil is cool of course).

      If you’re not going to use the oil the same day, keep it it a closed jar in the fridge. The oil usually is good to re-use one or two times after the initial time you first fried with it.

    1. It MIGHT be fine to substitute. Depending on where you live, cornflour is the same thing as cornstarch – just different words for the same thing. If it’s a superfine white powder, then it’s probably the same thing.

      Another substitute is arrorwroot.

  20. hi,

    my family loves fries so i tried this recipe yesterday, it was an instant superhit..thanks for this wonderful tasty version as compared to the bland american fries..

    Manjulaji, i also made 2 more recipes out of this prior salt application technique…

    THIN ROUND POTATO CHIPS (LIKE LAYS CHIPS)

    wash, peel & slice a potato very thin in rounds on the slicer..add few pinches of salt (as would be required to season it) mix the salt & the slices very well to coat the entire batch of slices.

    let it rest for 10 mins.

    remove the excess water from the slices & spread the slices on a clean towel..let it air dry for 5 mins (the potato slices might turn red, but thats no problem)

    on medium heat, fry the slices in batches (enough slices to make one layer on oil, too many would not cook properly)

    since they are thin, as soon as they are dropped in oil, light as a feather they will rise to the top – turn them over & remove them from oil while they are still the natural potato color (no pink, brown or golden brown spots). repeat with all batches.

    these are exactly the LAYS type thin potato chips – these potato chips already have a salt flavor as it was seasoned on it first in the beginning – so you can add an additional seasoning of onion / garlic / paprika powder & give them the flavor that you love to it..my family likes a mixture of all 3, so i mix all the 3 powders in equal parts & add them immediately on the fresh batch of fried potato chips.

    **************************************
    second recipe i made with this same technique is POTATO SHREDS (POTATO SALI as it is popularly called)

    wash, peel & shred a long potato into long potato shreds (potato sali) i did this on a V slicer – makes slightly thicker shreds.

    add few pinches of salt on the shreds (only as much as would be required for seasoning) let it rest for 10 mins

    drain the excess salt water & spread the potato shreds (salis) on a clean towel & pat dry.

    fry as is mentioned in the potato chip recipe above & add your favorite seasoning..

    Thanks for the wonderful recipe, with a little bit of experiment, could even make market quality round potato chips & potato shreds..

    try it..to believe it..

  21. Hi Manju Aunty,
    How r u. u r tips is nice…. and yummy receipes and citric acid as u said it is difficult to buy this how come then………its is necessary to use this??? i loved ur reciepes.

  22. Hello auntyji,

    First of all thanks for posting such lovely videos…I recently got married nd moved to UK. daily i am trying ur dishes n all r mouth watering n easy to prepare. i love the way you demonstrate…

    i tried french fries but could not ger corn starch n citric acid…aunty pls tell me with what can i replace these?

    Also aunty,i am looking forward to see you showing how to prepare fried rice/jeera rice,baingan bharta and any curry/sabji with soya beans…

    thanks agaijn for the videos

  23. hi manjula aunty
    i face one problem while preparing jalebi when i first time cook it ….it was perfecet but afterwards i feel the dough was so thik to come out from the hole and when i mix little bit of water in that to make it soft that time the jalebi become so soft we couldn’t feel like eating it

  24. Hello Auntyji
    Yesterday i tried these french fries and they came out very nice. Nice flavour and great taste. Every day i keep waiting for the new new recipes you post. Good job. Thanks

  25. hi aunty,
    I just came across ur site and from then regularlly watch ur cooking videos, Its really good for the veg. as i was not jain before marriage but got married to jain family and its good to watch ur veg section with different variety. I like the masala french fries its different.will try to make it soon.
    Thanks a lots.
    sapna

  26. Hi

    I am so glad you take pleasure in telling us all these very tasty and so yammmey dishes. We never have to go out or get a ‘take a way’ anymore.

    Plus what a saving.

  27. Hello,
    Its looking great, But I cant find “corn Starch” and Citric Acid” in my samll city….Can I replace corn starch with corn flour and citric acid with lemon juice?

  28. Dear Aunty,
    This Masala french fries looks mouthwatering. Thanks for sharing. This “corn starch” ingredient is absolutely wonderful. Luckily i was able to get this here in Munich. I tried Kulfis, Corn vegetable soup and it tasted very good.
    I have been a fan of you, ever since.

    Thanks again!
    Warm Regards,
    Raji

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