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Smashed-fried potatoes

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 6
Dietary Vegetarian
From Indian Food Made Easy
Smashed-fried potatoes are quick and easy to make and are a fantastic accompaniment to barbecues, burgers and any outdoor meals.


  1. Heat a couple of inches of vegetable oil in a wide saucepan or wok.

  2. Add the potatoes and fry over a medium heat, turning occasionally, until they are just soft in the centre when tested with the point of a sharp knife. This should take about 10-15 minutes. They should be fairly pale in colour.

  3. Remove the potatoes from the oil and drain on kitchen paper for five minutes. Once cool enough to handle, using the palm of your hand, gently flatten the potatoes as much as possible without them losing their shape.

  4. Before serving, reheat the oil. Add the potatoes to the hot oil and fry over a low-medium heat for about 5-6 minutes, until the potatoes are golden and crisp.

  5. Drain the potatoes, then sprinkle over the salt and spices and serve.


  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • 600g/1lb 5oz small to medium-sized red-skinned potatoes, peeled, halved lengthwise
  • salt, to taste
  • ½ tsp dried mango powder (often sold as amchoor), available from Asian grocers
  • ¼-½ tsp red chilli powder, or to taste
  • ½ tsp ground coriander

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