Baked Fries? Are you cringing at the concept? Well, if you love eating food fried in lard and dunked in salt, maybe you are. But if you are even a teeny bit health conscious, I am sure the concept of baked fries has sparked your interest.
So OK, let me be the first to admit that I love fried food! There, I said it. And no, I am not going to be trying to convince you in any way to give up any deep fried stuff. Hey, your life and your choice. I totally get that!
Oven baked fries are just an option, a recipe, just like any other recipe on this blog. Truth be said, they have a different texture, and they are something different you can enjoy more often without guilt. The guilt works at you more than any actual effect the lard has on your arteries, I bet!
The potato itself is not that bad. It has complex carbohydrates, and starches that provide you with fuel to keep going. Most poor countries in the world rely on a carb based diet. Even in India, the Vada Pav or the Samosa is the mainstay of the working man or woman. And what is it made with? Potatoes!
Perhaps the only reason you or I, or anyone reading this needs to curb their potato intake is because they are reading this off a screen – yes, because they are mostly sedentary, sitting on their back sides in front of a computer.
So, ‘nuff said! Moving on to why curry seasoned? Well, you have tasted seasoned fries, right? So why not curry seasoned fries? The curry seasoning is so complex and subtle. We are going to be using just a little bit of it to give an interesting twist to our regular old fries.
I have recently been making some curry based recipes, and there is a surprise I have in store. But more on that later (I will know you really read this if you comment on this surprise).
If you are in a hurry, you can just cut potatoes any way, follow the recipe and dump them in the oven. Today, I am going to blanch them a bit so that they cook faster in the oven and get really crunchy.
I have also taken the pains to cut them in a fancy way so that they look like store fries. It is actually very easy. You just cut away the sides until you are left with a rectangle. And then you cut the potato into strips.
Very little oil is being used here. Maybe 2-3 tsp. And some of that is still left on the foil. I told you this was going to be low fat! Didn’t I? If you haven’t gathered that, I am saying it now :).
These oven baked fries are super low fat, people. So check out the recipe already.
Curry Seasoned Oven Baked Fries Recipe
- 3-4 Large Potatoes
- 3 tsp oil
- 1 tsp curry powder
- Salt to taste
- Wash, scrub and peel the potatoes.
- Heat water in a stock pot and bring to a boil.
- Cut the potatoes in fry like shapes. Cut away all edges till you get a rectangle and then cut strips.
- Salt the boiling water and add the potato strips.
- Let them boil for five minutes.
- Strain in colander and dry as much as possible.
- Cover a sheet pan with foil and transfer potatoes to foil.
- Add the curry powder, salt and oil and lightly toss with hands.
- Spread them in a thin layer on the sheet.
- Pop into 350F or 180C oven and bake for 30-40 minutes until cooked.
- Broil for 5 minutes at the end if you want to really crisp them up.
- Serve hot with ketchup.
Oven times and temperatures vary. I put my oven at 210C, and they still take 30-40 minutes. But I turned them once in between, and you also need to keep an eye so the ones at the edges of the pan don’t burn.
Try out this super simple guilt free oven baked fries and let me know what you think!