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June 22, 2013

Potato Fry - Indian Potato or Aloo Fry Recipe (No Onion No Garlic Indian Recipe)

This super basic and easy potato fry is from my childhood memories. My grand mom used to make this on rare days when she was feeling indulgent. We rarely cooked with potatoes and my mom often refers to them as the backup vegetable, only to be used if we run out of the 'normal' vegetables in the refrigerator. She also doesn't believe in using too much masala and spices and I don't ever remember her buying or using garam masala until very recently. I normally make this potato roast which TH loves and while that's really very easy to make, this potato fry is actually even easier. This potato fry also uses no onion and no garlic.

Potato Fry-Indian Potato Fry Recipe

While my grand mom cuts the potatoes into small cubes to make potato fry, I chose to cut them up a bit differently. However you chop the potatoes, this dish is dead simple and there are no complicated spices to mask the earthy flavour of the aloo or potatoes. Since this fry is very mild, it pairs beautifully with sambar or any coconut based gravy like kara kuzhambu.

BASIC INDIAN POTATO FRY RECIPE

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Serves 4
Recipe: from my memory of my grand mom cooking it

Ingredients:
  • 2 potatoes, cut into very small cubes or into long thin fingers
  • 4-5 dry red chillies
  • 1 tbsp of oil
  • 1/2 tsp of black mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp of split urad dal / ulutham paruppu / uzhunnu parippu

How to Make the Potato Fry:

1. Heat the oil and add mustard seeds and urad dal. When the mustard seeds pop, add the potatoes and stir until the oil coats the pieces.
Potato Fry-Indian Potato Fry Recipe

2. Cook on low heat, stirring frequently until the potatoes are half cooked. Add the turmeric powder, red chillies torn into halves, and salt.
Potato Fry-Indian Potato Fry Recipe

3. Mix and continue to stir fry and cook until the potatoes are soft. The trick is to stop cooking before the potatoes totally crisp up. The outside will be crispy and the insides soft and spongy. Cutting the potatoes into cubes is a better idea for this dish, really.
Potato Fry-Indian Potato Fry Recipe

Serve hot.

Notes:
  1. You can do a number of variations of this potato fry, obviously. I sometimes add a sprig of curry leaves, a tsp of minced garlic, or some other additions I feel would enhance the taste
  2. I always make this with russet potatoes since they cook up nice and buttery and I love that texture. The cooking time will depend on the type of potatoes you use
  3. Serve potato fry hot with rice and any curry of choice