This better than takeaway Crispy Salt and Chilli Chips with Masala flavour for chips lovers. Super quick and easy to make at home with cupboard and freezer-friendly ingredients! Perfect as an appetizer or party snack!
Salt and chilli chips are one of the most popular appetizers in the UK. You might also like Chinese Takeaway Salt & Pepper Chips which is our viewers’ favourite chips recipe on our website. In this post, I would like to share Indian style dry salt and chilli masala fries. Soon to be your favourite appetizer!
Why do you need to try this recipe
- Tasty, budget-friendly appetizer or party snack that you can serve a crowd.
- These masala chips better than takeaways and can make at home with simple ingredients.
- No special equipment or ingredients needed.
- When you make at home you can adjust the chilli intake according to your taste.
- Quicker, healthier and tastier than ordering from takeout.
What do we need
- Chips – Use ready to bake oven chips or fresh homemade chips. Deep fry, air-fry or bake the chips according to the packet instructions.
- Vegetables – Onion and bell peppers are ideal to add, but you can also add shredded carrot, mangetout, zuichini, green beans, etc.
- Spices – You will need 5 basic spices, curry powder, black pepper, crushed chillies, garlic powder and salt to taste.
- Garnish – Chopped corianer, fresh chilli slices, or spring onions can be added.
- Chicken powder – Add a dash of chicken powder for extra umami taste but it’s totally optional. You can simply omit it or swap it with msg or caster sugar.
See the recipe card for detailed quantities.
How to make salt and chilli chips masala
- First deep fry or bake the chips to crispy golden brown, or according to packet instructions.
- Mix all the spice ingredients in a bowl and set it aside and prepare all the vegetables by cut them into thin matchstick sizes.
- Saute the onion for few seconds in a large non-stick wok or pan, then add the chopped garlic. Saute for 1 minute and follow with dried chilli flakes and next add the the bell pepper slices and stir for few seconds.
- Place the fried chips in the pan, sprinkle the spice mix and toss well to combine everything evenly.
- Turn of the heat and sprinkle chopped coriander and fresh chilli slices.
- Can you make it less spicy? If you want to make it less spicy or kid-friendly version, you can omit crushed chilli flakes or substitute it with paprika powder. Use mild curry powder instead of hot curry powder.
- Vegetables – You don’t need to add exact same vegetables, you can skip the vegetables or swap it with your favourite stir fry veggies.
- Potato chips – We usually use ready chips for quick result and it tastes perfectly great for this recipe. You can also try with homemade fresh potato fries.
- Can you make it saucy? Yes, you will need to add tomato ketcup and satue shallot onions and garlic with spices before you add the fried chips. Check out our Saucy Masala Chips recipe for detailed instructions.
- If you are baking or air-frying the chips, spray cooking oil on the chips for extra crispy golden texture.
- If you are deep frying, fry with neutral flavour vegetable oil which do not over powder the flavour of spices.
- You can make this masala chips spice mix in a large batch, store it in an air-tight continer for later use. You can sprinkle them in your fries, fish and chips, chicken and chips and stir fries for aromatic masala flavour.
If you like masala chips with sauce, try out our Saucy Masala Chips Recipe.
Frequently asked questions
The main ingredients of Chinese salt and chilli chips seasoning powder consists of salt, white or black pepper, Chinese five spices, and chilli flakes. While masala salt and chilli chips seasonings consist of salt, black pepper, garlic powder, curry powder and crushed chilli flakes or paprika.
It tastes best when freshly cooked. I do not recommend reheating but if you have any leftover chips, you can reheat in a pre-heated oven or air-fryer for 4-5 minutes or until crispy.
Yes, you can use fresh homemade potato, sweet potato or cassava fries for this recipe.
This recipe is 280 kcal per serving as an appetizer. Nutritional facts can be slightly varied by the method of cooking and the products used.
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Salt and Chilli Chips with Masala
- 350 g Chips ( about 12.3 oz ) Frozen oven chips or fresh chips or fries
- ½ Onion Cut thin slices
- 1 tbsp Garlic Finely chopped
- 1 Bell pepper Cut thin slices
- ½ tsp Crushed chilli flakes
- 1 tbsp Oil Vegetable or neutral flavour oil
Seasoning spice mix
- ½ tsp Salt
- ½ tsp Black pepper
- 1 tsp Curry powder
- ½ tsp Garlic powder
- ¼ tsp Chicken powder Optional
- Coriander roughly chopped
- Fresh chilli cut thin slices ( optional )
- Bake the chips in oven, air-fry or deep fry according to packet instructions, until crispy golden. Or you can also add homemade potato chips.
- Add all the spice ingredients in a small bowl, mix well and set it aside.
- Heat the large wok or pan into medium heat. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of oil and saute the onion for few seconds.
- Follow with the garlic saute for another 1 minute, then add the dried red chilli flakes.
- Stir in the bell pepper slices then place the fried chips and sprinkle with the seasoning masala spice mixture. Toss well to combine everything evenly.
- Turn off the heat and sprinkle chopped coriander and chilli slices. Transfer to serving plate and serve immediately while hot.
- Chips- We usually use frozen oven chips for this recipe. Feel free to use any of your favourite fresh chips, frozen chips or fries for this recipe.
- Curry powder – You can try with Chaat masala, Madras curry powder or garam masala. Adjust the masala mild or hot according to your preference. I used hot curry powder in this recipe.
- Chicken powder – Add chicken powder for extra umami flavour but it’s totally optional. You can omit it or swap it with caster sugar or msg.
- Oil – Use neutral flavour vegetable oil for deep frying the chips or bake in the oven by spraying a bit of cooking oil.
- Servings – You can serve up to 4 people as an appetizer.