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Spicy Oven Baked Masala Fries

We had our family from Regina over for the weekend to celebrate Easter and made a huge delicious turkey!  So now that we will be eating turkey for a week, we are going to have to be creative to keep our meals interesting!  Tonight I made some yummy oven baked masala fries to spice things up.

Of course you will need to start with large russet potatoes like the ones in the photo below.  I like to cut them up into long and skinny fries about half an inch thick.

Spicy Masala Fries

You may be wondering why the recipe is for oven baked fries.  To be honest, I am terrified of frying.  I have an irrational fear of setting the house and myself on fire… so you will notice that wherever possible I bake instead of fry.  And believe me you will not be able to tell the difference if you follow the recipe in this post.




Since the fries are going to be baked and not fried, it helps to soak them in hot water for about half an hour before baking to soften them up.

Spicy Masala Fries

After soaking, drain out the water and dry on a paper towel to remove all of the the excess water.

Spicy Masala Fries

The key now is to coat the fries generously in olive oil so that they do not stick to the pan. The easiest way to do this is toss them with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a large bowl.  Then simply pour them out onto a pan covered in aluminum foil.   Because we are baking the fries, we need to be careful that they do not burn or get too dry.  My solution is to cover the fries with foil for the first 10 minutes of baking to lock in the moisture and prevent the tips from burning.

Spicy Masala Fries

While the fries are in the oven, you can work on the masala seasoning.  This is super quick and easy.  Just sauté some garlic, turmeric, mustard seeds, paprika, cayenne pepper and salt with some olive oil.

Spicy Masala Fries

Add your crushed tomatoes (I use Hunts Crushed Tomatoes), a little bit of water and cook for about 5 more minutes.

Spicy Masala Fries

Once the fries are ready, simply toss into the masala and season with lime juice and chopped up hot peppers.

Spicy Masala Fries

Seriously, these fries were amazing with the turkey and I’ll be making them a lot more often with with barbecue season around the corner.  They would be perfect with tandoori chicken, beef ribs, and so much more.  I hope you enjoy this recipe and I would love to hear from you in the comments below.

Spicy Masala Fries

Spicy Masala Fries



Spicy Oven Baked Masala Fries
Print Recipe
Deliciously spicy oven baked masala fries recipe.
Servings Prep Time
3 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
40 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
40 minutes 30 minutes
Spicy Oven Baked Masala Fries
Print Recipe
Deliciously spicy oven baked masala fries recipe.
Servings Prep Time
3 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
40 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
40 minutes 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 415 degrees F. Peel and cut potatoes into fries half and inch thick. Soak the fries for half an hour in hot water.
  2. Drain water out of the fries and dry the fries on paper towel. Once dry, toss the fries in two tablespoons of olive oil. Pour the fries out onto an aluminum foil covered baking sheet and sprinkle with salt.
  3. Cover the fries with another sheet of aluminum foil before placing them in the preheated oven. Bake for 10 minutes and then remove the foil and flip the fries. Bake for another 10 minutes before flipping once more. Bake again for 10 more minutes before removing from the oven. This is a total of 30 minutes baking time.
  4. To make the masala: Sauté mustard seeds, garlic, turmeric, paprika, cayenne pepper, and salt in olive oil for 2 minutes over medium heat. Add the crushed tomato and a tablespoon of water and cook for another 5 minutes. Remove from stove.
  5. Toss the baked fries into the masala and sprinkle with juice from half a lime. Sprinkle with chopped hot peppers.
Nutrition
Nutrition Facts
Spicy Oven Baked Masala Fries
Amount Per Serving
Calories 243 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Sodium 320mg 13%
Potassium 667mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 1g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 0.2%
Vitamin C 53%
Calcium 4%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Please Note that these are just estimates calculated from the raw ingredients in the recipe.

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