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Bhangra Masala Oven Baked French Fries | Easy and Healthy Desi Recipes

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Why buy ready-made when you can make the best Oven Baked French Fries at homeBhangra, you wonder? Well, the zesty flavours truly make your taste buds break out into Bhangra. Thin strips of potatoes tossed in olive oil and a simple Desi~licious spice mix: chaat masala and red chilli powder and baked to perfection. Served with a scattering of rainbow vegetables and jalapeno. The dish is finished elegantly with a drizzling of vegan ranch tamarind chutney and fresh mint.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Salad, Side
Servings: 3 people
Spicy oven baked french fries loaded with peppers, cucumber and dressings with chopped herbs on a wooden board

Ingredients

  • 3 potatoes 530 g, yellow-skinned, large, washed, peeled and cut into quarter inch sticks. You could use a food processor for this step.
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 tbsp chaat masala powder
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • ½ cucumber small, washed, chopped into small cubes
  • ½ red pepper small, washed, chopped into small cubes
  • ½ jalapeno washed, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup tamarind paste you could use ready-made tamarind chutney
  • ½ cup water warm, to make tamarind chutney
  • 3 tbsp vegan ranch
  • ¼ cup mint fresh, washed, finely chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare the potatoes: wash, peel and cut into french fries using a food processor or use a knife to cut the potatoes into ¼ inch sticks. Soak in water for at least 30 minutes. After this time, drain and dry the potato strips thoroughly using a clean tea towel.
  • Lay potato strips on a large baking tray lined with parchment paper. Add oil, chaat masala and chilli powder, and use your hands to coat all the potato strips with the oil and spices.
  • Spread the potatoes into a single layer on the baking tray, and send to bake at for 50 minutes on the middle shelf in your oven.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the toppings, ranch dressing (https://shahzadidevje.com/5-easy-and-healthy-salad-dressing-recipes/) and tamarind chutney. Combine tamarind paste with warm water and mix thoroughly. Remove any stones, strings or lumps.
  • Once the french fries are baked, transfer to a tray, top with chopped vegetables and jalapeno, and drizzle with ranch dressing and tamarind chutney. Garnish with mint and serve immediately. Best enjoyed hot.

Notes

  • Use yellow flesh potatoes. I use local Ontario potatoes that are thoroughly washed, scrubbed with a vegetable brush and peeled. You can use the food processor to cut potatoes into thin french fries. Opt for large potatoes so that the processor can create long thin strips versus short ones with medium or small potatoes. Or do this by hand; using a sharp knife. 
  • Soak the potatoes - you'll find that this releases the starch and prevents them from sticking together. You want to soak potatoes that are already cut into strips in tap water for 30 minutes. Dry, drain on a clean tea towel before any further prep.
  • Use an adequate amount of oil - to help give the french fries a certain amount of crispness in the oven. This recipe uses simple extra virgin olive oil, though you could lean on an air fryer and use a lesser amount of oil.
  • Spice it up! Bland french fries are blah. And we love to give our oven baked french fries recipe a desi (South Asian) kick by adding chaat masala and red chilli powder. This creates the perfect homemade oven french fries. Chaat masala is a spicy, tangy, tangy spice mix used in Indian and Pakistani cooking. It's made of cumin powder, coriander powder, mango powder, hing (asafetida), black salt, ginger, pepper and fennel. There are all sorts of variations, and you can buy the spice mix from Indian food stores and markets. Make sure every single potato stick is coated with the spice mix. Of course, the entire dish is elevated further with the addition of crunchy veggies and then smothered in tamarind chutney and vegan ranch. Simply sublime! The amount of chutney you use is personal preference; I typically add 3 tbsp of each. You'll notice I did not add any extra salt - beyond what's already present in chaat masala.
  • Give them space! Make sure you don't pile the french fries on top of one another — otherwise, your fries will be soggy. Give them room and use an extra-large baking tray, and spread on parchment paper.
  • Feel free to add salt to suit your taste buds. It's perfect for our family.
Nutrition Facts
Bhangra Masala Oven Baked French Fries | Easy and Healthy Desi Recipes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 317 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Sodium 64mg3%
Potassium 1162mg33%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 9g36%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 1266IU25%
Vitamin C 75mg91%
Calcium 63mg6%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Please note the nutritional analysis values are estimates and suggestions. This nutrition facts table does not know your life - your body, including your hunger and satiety cues, change daily. It's okay to eat more or less. Say no to food guilt and instead embrace mindful eating.