Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Simple Simon

Last night, I was in the mood for whipping up something real quick and simple. And what better vegetable to bank on, other than the humble potato!! I’m sure every cook worth his / her salt has made French Fries at some time or the other. Here is my version of this simple accompaniment. The tanginess of chaat masala and the aromatic flavor of coriander make for a lip-smacking combination

French Fries
(serves 4)


Potatoes – 4 nos (large sized)
Salt – to taste
Chaat masala – for sprinkling
Coriander leaves – for tossing Method

1. Cut potatoes into long, thin strips
2. Soak in a bowlful of ice cubes for about an hour (Mom’s tip - this aids in quicker frying and gives a crisper outcome. It also keeps the colour of the potatoes and they don’t turn brown while frying)
3. Drain the water and toss the potatoes in salt
4. Keep for a couple of minutes. The salt will make the potatoes leave some more water. Toss out this water as well
5. Heat oil in a deep pan
6. Fry the potato strips in batches till done
7. Sprinkle chaat masala and finely chopped coriander leaves
8. Serve hot

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