These easy masala fries are made with crispy fried potatoes tossed with flavourful garlic, onion and tomato masala sauce. A delicious appetizer that takes just a few minutes to prepare. Made with simple pantry-friendly ingredients and faster than ordering Indian takeaway chips!
What is Masala Chips?
Masala fries are one of the most delicious comfort food that everyone loves. Must try party snacks for fakeaway nights or busy weeknight dinners.
We usually make with ready frozen chips for this recipe. Simply deep-fried, air fry, or bake them into golden perfection. You can also try out with homemade fresh potatoes if you love to make the chips from scratch.
I love to order masala fries whenever we go to Indian restaurants. The crispy fries with saucy masala flavour is so addictive. I tried and tested it at home and my family really enjoyed it. I am so delighted that my homemade masala fries are so much tastier than takeout and super easy to make. In this post I am sharing how to make Indian takeaway style masala fries with sauce.
What makes these chips so special
- A perfect starter or party snack for all occassions.
- So simple and easy to make at home with pantry friendly ingredients.
- Faster, healthier and tastier than ordering from the local takeaways.
- When you make at home you can customize the spices to your taste and budget friendly too!
- So satisfying and addictive. Unstoppable to take another bite!
Ingredients we need
- Potato Chips - We usually use ready frozen chips for this quick and easy recipe. Feel free with use any of your favourite fresh potaoes, sweet potatoes, or french fries.
- Masala Sauce - You will need, shallot onion, garlic, crushed chillies, turmeric, curry powder, black pepper, ketchup, salt and water.
- Curry powder - Use you favourite curry powder mild or hot. We use TESCO curry powder in this recipe. Madaras curry powder taste great too. If you use garam masala, add half teaspoon instead of one teaspoon. As garam masala has stronger flavour than curry powder.
- Chilli - I use dried crushed chilli fakes, you can swap with paprika powder or chilli powder. Adjust the chilli amount to your taste.
- Garnish - Simply garnish with chopped coriander and fresh chilli slices.
See the recipe card for detailed quantities.
How to make it
- First, fry the chips or bake in oven until crispy golden according to the packet instructions.
- In a large non-stick wok/pan, saute the onion and garlic with low-medium heat until light brown.
- Next add the spices, turmeric, curry powder, black pepper, and dried chilli flakes. Saute for few seconds until fragrant.
- Stir in tomato ketchup, salt, and water. Cook until the sauce starts to get thick.
- When the masala sauce is ready, add the fried potato chips and tossed well to combine everything evenly.
- Turn off the heat and sprinkle chopped coriander and chilli slices. Serve immediately while hot.
- Use oven chips or ready frozen chips for quick result.
- If you want to use homemade potato fries, blanch the cut potatoes in boiling water for 4 minutes, drain the water out and let it dry for few minutes. Then deep fry with hot oil until crispy golden or spray cooking oil and bake in pre-heated oven.
- Combine the chips with masala sauce while they are crispy, freshly fried/baked.
- To prep-ahead, or making for a crowd, you can cook the sauce in large batch and reheat and toss with the freid chips just before serving.
- Do not recommend to reheat the masala fries, but you can try reheating with pre-heated oven or air-fryer 4-5 minutes or until hot.
Crispy golden fried potato chips with flavourful Indian style masala sauce, which has a spicy, tangy, curry taste.
Use any mild or hot curry powder like Madras, Chaat Masala, or Garam Masala powder as this is a very versatile dish.
You can use French fries, straight cut, chunky chips or even curly fries goes well too. Deep fry, bake or air fry the chips according to the packet instructions.
If you love to try dried masala chips, you will definitely love our creation of Chilli Chips too! Crispy fried chips tossed with simple seasoning spice mix.
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What to serve with this dish
You can simply serve on its own as an appetizer or pair it with other curry dishes and make it a wholesome dinner. As these chips have already been tossed with the sauce we don't usually need a dipping sauce. If you love to have dipping sauce, try it with garlic sauce, yoghurt, mayonnaise, hot or mild chilli sauce according to your preference.
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- 350 g Chips (about 12.5 oz ) Oven chips/ or any fresh for frozen chips of choice. ( See details in note )
- Oil for frying or bake in oven according to packet instructions
- 1 tbsp Garlic Finely chopped
- 1 Onion Medium onion, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp Tomato ketchup
- ½ tsp Turmeric
- 1 tsp Curry powder
- ½ tsp Salt
- ½ tsp Crushed chilli or paprika/chilli powder
- ½ tsp Black pepper
- 1 tbsp oil Vegetable oil or neutral flavour oil
- 2 tbsp Water
- Chilli pepper or green chilli, cut thin slices
- Coriander Roughly chopped
- Bake the chips in oven or deep fry or air fry them according to packet instructions, until crispy golden.
- Heat the pan to low-medium heat, drizzle 1 tablespoon of oil, add chopped onion and stir fry few seconds. Follow with the chopped garlic and saute until light brown.
- Add turmeric, curry powder, chilli flakes, black pepper and stir fry few seconds until fragrant. Next add tomato ketchup, salt and water. ( Add more water if needed. )
- Stir well until the sauce starts to get thicken, add the fried chips. Toss well to combine everything evenly for 1 minute.
- Turn off the heat and sprinkle chopped coriander and chilli slices. Transfer to serving plate and serve immediately.
- Chips - I used frozen straight cut oven chips in the recipe, you can simply swap with fresh potatoes, sweet potatoes, French fries, etc.
- Oil - If you are deep-frying or shallow-frying the chips, use neutral flavour oil, like sunflower, canola, grapeseed or vegetable oil.
- Baking and air-frying option - You can air fry or bake in the oven according to packet instructions, spray or brush a bit of oil over the chips for an extra crispy texture.
- Curry powder - Use any of your favourite curry powder. We usually use Madras or TESCO curry powder for this recipe.
- Crushed Chilli flakes - You can adjust the chilli amount to your preference. If you prefer hot, add more chilli flakes or chilli powder. Or you can omit it if you prefer it mild.
- Tomato Ketchup - Use tomato ketchup to bring the sweet and tangy flavour. If you are using tomato paste or puree, add 1 tablespoon of tomato puree, 1 teaspoon of lime juice and 1 teaspoon of sugar.
- Can you reheat masala chips? It tastes best when freshly cooked. I do not recommend to reheat but you can reheat with preheated air-fryer or oven.
- Servings - You can serve up to 4 people as an appetizer or sides.