Hello buddies! Hope you all are doing great.
Today I am posting the recipe of Hot & Spicy Fries. This is one of my favorite things I often order at the cafe near my college when I go there with my friends. They have a variety of fries prepared in different types of sauces, some even have cheese in them.
Exam prep time is so stressful when you have to browse through a heap of fat reference books in a month. My cravings for carbs go up during exam time. I have this urge to gorge on sandwiches, potato delicacies and fried stuff. This might have something to do with the evolution. I happened to watch some program on Discovery Channel the other day and it said that we humans have an affinity towards foods rich in carbs and protein because these foods are the reason behind our survival through the evolutionary ladder. Anyways, I don't really know if there is any science involved, but I can say that I definitely love to binge on fries as I study! No two ways about it!
I tried coming up with the recipe after recalling the taste and flavors of the fries I have at the cafe. I used a little imagination and some ingredients of my own choice. And it led to these wonderful spicy and juicy and slightly sweet yet tangy fries! Yes, these fries are a little sweet. They get their sweetness from the orange juice and palm sugar. They are easy to make. Let us see how to make this delectable snack!
Preparation Time - 15 mins
Cooking time - 15 mins
Serves - 2
For the Fries
Salt- 1/2 tsp
Corn flour- 1 tbsp
Oil- For deep frying
For the Sauce
Capsicum / Bell Pepper - 1, diced to medium size pieces
Green chili- 1, chopped
Garlic- 10 pods, finely chopped
Ginger- 1/2 inch piece, finely crushed
Freshly squeezed orange juice- 3/4 cup
Palm sugar- 1 tsp, heaped
Water- 1 cup
Tomato paste- 1 tbsp
Garlic-chili sauce- 1 tbsp
Soy sauce- 1 tbsp
Vinegar- 1 tsp
Freshly powdered black pepper- To taste
Salt- To taste
Oil- 1 tbsp
Cornflour- 1 tsp mixed in little water
Spring onion- Green part, 2 springs, finely chopped
Sesame seeds- Lightly toasted, for garnish
1. Peel the potatoes, wash them and wipe. Now cut them into long strips like french fries are. Do not cut very thick strips or they won't be cooked properly from the inside. Keep them on the kitchen towel as you cut, to help remove excess water.
2. Sprinkle some salt and cornflour and toss the potato strips to help them get completely coated.
3. Heat enough oil in a skillet at a high temperature. Turn the flame to low. Add in the potato strips and deep fry them till crispy, golden and cooked. Stir constantly for an even crispiness. It may take 7 to 8 minutes to fry one batch. Keep aside.
4. For the sauce, take water in a bowl and mix the tomato paste, soy sauce, chili-garlic sauce and vinegar and keep it aside. Cut shallots in quarters by slicing them from the center length-wise. Pull out and separate the layers.
5. To prepare the sauce, heat 1 tbsp oil in a skillet. Toss in diced shallots and fry on a high flame for half a minute till raw smell is gone. Add in the green chilies, garlic and ginger. Stir. Add the capsicum and fry for a few seconds.
6. Add the mixture of sauces in water and bring it to boil. Add the cornflour mixture to thicken it a little. Add the palm sugar and orange juice. Add black pepper and salt. Go easy on the salt because the fries and the sauces already have salt in them.
7. Toss in the fries and spring onion. Mix well on a medium heat. It will take a minute or two for the sauces to sneak into the fries making it juicy and flavorful.
8. Remove from the flame. Transfer onto the plate and garnish with toasted sesame seed for nice crunchy texture.
Slightly crunchy on the outside, intensely juicy from the inside, enjoy these fries hot.
Note- You can use brown sugar (Demerara sugar) if you do not have palm sugar.