MASALA CHIPS

When we were in high school my friends and I discovered Burger Hut in Westlands that by far has the best Masala chips and cheese burgers I have ever tasted. In fact I think I should do a story on them soon 🙂 I was taught how to make masala chips a few years back by a cook who worked for my mum. I tried it a couple of times but I was never really happy with the results. I got this recipe last week on Fauzia’s Kitchen Fun and I decided to try it out the same day. I added garam masala which was not in the original recipe because most people say to add this and trust me it was delish, soo delish that I made them twice again on the weekend. I honestly LOVED it, it is not burger huts masala chips but it can compete and I am sure it would win with some people. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. HAPPY COOKING!!

 

SERVES 4

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 large potatoes, peeled and sliced into “chips”
  • oil for frying
  • 2 tablespoons butter/margarine
  • 1 tablespoon Spanish paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper ( or red chilli powder) – you can use more or less depending on preference
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic paste
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoon tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • small bunch of coriander
  • salt to taste
  • some water (optional)
  • lemon (I did not use this because I had none)

 

METHOD

1.       Heat the oil in a pan and when hot put in the potatoes and cook till they are soft, remove from the oil, drain and let cool for about 5 mins

2.       Reheat the oil and put back the chips to cook through. This makes them crispier (works with any food your deep frying)

3.       As the chips are cooking for the second time place the butter/margarine into a larger pan and melt it. Once it has melt switch off the heat.

4.       Add all the other ingredients (except from the water and coriander) into the melted butter/margarine and mix well.

5.       Turn on the heat and cook till the sauce thickens

6.       You can add the water if you like your chips saucy if not do not add the water.

7.       Once the chips are cooked place in a kitchen towel to drain excess oil then toss them into the sauce and mix until well combined.

8.       Turn off the heat, squeeze in the lemon and add the coriander

9.       Serve when hot. HAPPY EATING!

 

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ROSEMARY and GARLIC BAKED FRIES

I love fries. Did I say I love them??? NO, I am IN LOVE with fries. When I was in high school I think I ate them every weekday for 3 years and maybe still on the weekend and I NEVER once got tired of them. When I was growing up my mother always said that I will one day grow up and stop eating them with so much vigor but either I am yet to grow up or she was wrong. Unfortunately though, as you grow up you begin to notice that fries (or chips as we like to call them) are really not that healthy!!!  And after high school you realize that you can not eat the same way you did in high school and not add on some weight. Anyway a few years after high school and a couple of kilos up I decided to join a gym and get a trainer. This trainer decided that he will cut short my love affair with potatoes and I was so heart broken, a few months into training and I was allowed to eat some potatoes but still no fries, but he told me how to bake fries, I honestly did not even think that this was possible. I went home VERY skeptical about baked fries but at the end it was not that bad, with time I experimented with different spices and LOVED this one best so most nights when I feel like a steak and fries, I throw them both in the oven and save on a shit load of unwanted fats. HAPPY COOKING!!!

 

SERVES 1-2

 

INGREDIENTS

·        3 potatoes (sliced into chips)

·        1/2 tsp garlic (or regular) salt

·        3 cloves garlic, minced or sliced

·        2 teaspoon dried rosemary

·        1 Tbsp vegetable oil

·        1/2 tsp pepper

 

METHOD:

1.      Preheat oven to 230 degrees Celsius.

2.      In a large bowl, mix oil, garlic, rosemary, salt, pepper and potatoes together.

3.      Spread the potatoes onto a greased baking sheet in a single layer.

4.      Bake about 40 minutes, or until golden brown (turn after about 20 mins to bake both sides).

5. HAPPY EATING!!

 

NB: If you want you could bake the fries with out the garlic then fry the garlic in about 1table spoon of olive oil then toss the baked fries in the oil. This gives a bit of a different intensity of the garlic flavor.