Finger fries

Posted on June 30, 2009. Filed under: Snacks | Tags: , |

Timing :

Preparation time: less than 30 mins

Cooking time: less than 10 mins

Ingredients :

  • 300ml/½ pint vegetable oil, for deep frying, plus 1 tbsp, for frying
  • 450g/1lb potatoes, peeled and cut into fries
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ¾ tsp dried mango powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp cashew nuts
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds

Method :

1. Heat the oil in a deep heavy-based frying pan until a breadcrumb sizzles and turns brown when dropped into it. (CAUTION: hot oil can be dangerous. Do not leave unattended.)

2. When the oil is hot, add the potatoes and fry over a medium heat for 5-7 minutes, or until just tender. Add the turmeric, red chilli powder, salt, sugar, dried mango powder and cumin to the pan. Turn up the flame and continue to fry for 3-4 minutes, or until the potatoes are crisp and golden-brown. Remove the potatoes from the pan using a slotted spoon and set aside to drain on kitchen paper.

3. Meanwhile, in a separate frying pan, heat one tablespoon of the oil over a medium heat, add the cashew nuts and fry for 1-2 minutes, or until golden-brown.

4. Add the sesame seeds and fry for a further minute, or until the sesame seeds are golden-brown.

5. To serve, place the potatoes into a serving dish. Pour over the fried nuts and seeds and stir well to coat the potatoes in them. Serve immediately.

Chef’s tip:

Instead of adding vinegar to your chips, try adding dried mango powder as it adds the same sourness, but doesn’t make them soggy.

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