Ria's Collection: HONEY CHILI POTATOES

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

HONEY CHILI POTATOES

I am back with another recipe using honey! This time it's paired along with a favourite ingredient of mine, Potatoes! I can eat anything made with potatoes,any time of the day! It's such a versatile ingredient and is an instant favourite with most people. I tasted this dish 11 years ago at Mainland China,Bangalore. One of my closest friends,Vasu, is a vegetarian and she had ordered this as her appetizer. The entire plate vanished in no time and it was just the two of us!
HONEY CHILI POTATO
A few months later, I spotted this recipe in a book Mamma gave me.I noted it down in my navy blue diary. You should see the condition of that diary now. It's falling apart but at the same time, it's filled with delicious recipes too! So, I have kept it safe. Have you ever come across people who steal other's hand written cookbooks? I have and it's not a good experience at all! The number of years and effort you put into writing that book is just too precious! So,wherever I am now, all my books are kept safe! If someone wants a recipe and asks for it, I will be more than happy to share it with them.It's better to be safe than sorry!
HONEY CHILI POTATO
The original recipe calls for blanching sliced potatoes and then frying it. Instead,you can use frozen fries and skip a step. I am giving you the recipe from the book but feel free to substitute it. It will yield the same result. There's some joy in skipping steps in a recipe,isn't it? Especially if they give the same results!
This is a delicious appetizer and tastes best when eaten immediately. Fried potatoes retain some crunch when served alone but, when they are tossed in a slightly sticky sauce, they get soft faster.So,if you are planning to take this appetizer with you,to someplace, it will taste just the same but they will be a bit soft.
HONEY CHILI POTATO
There are a few things that you need to be careful about while making this recipe. We are adding the sauces directly to the oil,which means,it can get burnt very very easily . Once burnt, no amount of modifying can rescue it. It will taste bad.So, reduce the heat to low before you add the sauces. It's applicable for all recipes containing sauces &  powders. This recipe calls for chili paste and since I didn't have it on hand, I substituted it with red chili powder / cayenne. Feel free to increase or decrease the amount to suit to your tastes. Try to have the fried potatoes ready on hand before you make the sauce, so that way you can toss it immediately. The sauce will thicken a bit as it sits and might not coat the potatoes as much as it would,when hot.
HONEY CHILI POTATOES
HONEY CHILI POTATO Serves 2-3

Ingredients:
250 grams potato (or frozen fries)
50 grams cornstarch
Salt & pepper
Oil for deep frying
2 tablespoon oil
3 dried red chilies
2 tablespoon tomato ketchup
1 tablespoon green onions
1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
1 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
Salt to taste

Method:
IF you are using store bought frozen fries,fry as mentioned behind the packet and toss them in the sauce.
IF you are making the fries at home,wash,peel & cut the potatoes into fingers. Blanch them in boiling water for 2 minutes and let it drain completely. Once cool, toss it with cornflour,salt and pepper.Shake off the excess flour & deep fry in hot oil (350F) until golden brown in colour.

For the sauce: Heat oil in a large saute pan and add the ginger garlic paste. After 30 seconds, add the dry red chilies and mix well. Decrease the heat and add the remaining ingredients and stir it well.Add the fried potatoes and toss well to coat. Serve right away garnished with green onions, cilantro and white sesame seeds.

Ian loved it! Just like his Appa & Amma,he loves potatoes in any form. He took his share and sat on our rocking chair to eat them peacefully. Every now and then he would ask us to get him water because it is a bit hot for him.These days he calls Jobin,'Jobi'. So it was very funny to see him call out to 'Jobi',for water!  I hope you try this sometime,it really is a quick one to pull together and tastes fabulous!Next time, I will use the readymade fries. We usually don't stock fries in our freezer. So, it's going to need some planning next time on!
 

6 Comments:

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Ria, Amazing and delicious looking honey dipped potatoes. Excellent preparation.
Deepa

Shaami (Shajitha Habeeb) said...

fantastic!love to have that potato fries....

Neha Suresh said...

It was a lazy morning today and I was reluctant to leave the company of my bed. That is when I reached for my phone to do something that most of us do… you got it right…FACEBOOK and that is when I came across this post by Ria chechi. The post of the recipe of HONEY CHILLY POTATOS, accompanied by its photograph… omg…there was an adrenaline rush in my body. I could sense that my mouth was watering. It was like an early morning energy drink for me… I jumped off the bed, went to the kitchen to check with Amma if she had the necessary things for the dish, she nodded her head in agreement and I thus decided to try this mouth-watering dish for my dinner.
The recipe is simple, very few simple and easily available ingredients, which transforms a humble potato into a multi-millionaire. The fried potatoes blend really well with the spice of the red chilies and the sweetness of the honey. The potatoes are crunchy and at the same time it melts in the mouth. The blended taste of honey and red chillies is something that is inexplicable... It tickles your taste buds.
This is truly the most SIMPLEST, EASIEST AND TASTIEST dish which is a perfect starter for any occasion for both vegetarians as well as non-vegetarians.


Neha Suresh said...

It was a lazy morning today and I was reluctant to leave the company of my bed. That is when I reached for my phone to do something that most of us do… you got it right…FACEBOOK and that is when I came across this post by Ria chechi. The post of the recipe of HONEY CHILLY POTATOS, accompanied by its photograph… omg…there was an adrenaline rush in my body. I could sense that my mouth was watering. It was like an early morning energy drink for me… I jumped off the bed, went to the kitchen to check with Amma if she had the necessary things for the dish, she nodded her head in agreement and I thus decided to try this mouth-watering dish for my dinner.
The recipe is simple, very few simple and easily available ingredients, which transforms a humble potato into a multi-millionaire. The fried potatoes blend really well with the spice of the red chilies and the sweetness of the honey. The potatoes are crunchy and at the same time it melts in the mouth. The blended taste of honey and red chillies is something that is inexplicable... It tickles your taste buds.
This is truly the most SIMPLEST, EASIEST AND TASTIEST dish which is a perfect starter for any occasion for both vegetarians as well as non-vegetarians.


Lijna Riyas said...

Great clicks !!

reny thomas said...

ria..made this twice..it was seriously addictive and yummmm.my kids loved it too...

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