Easy Nandos Fries | Crispy Peri Peri French Fries at Home

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There are many snacks in the world but french fries (nandos fries)are undoubtedly one of the most beloved snacks. Whether enjoyed as a side dish or a standalone treat, these crispy potato sticks can satisfy our cravings like no other. But have you ever considered taking your fries to the next level by adding a burst of flavor?

Enter peri masala french fries – a spicy twist on the classic recipe that will leave your taste buds tingling with delight. Now we’ll explore the deliciousness of peri peri masala and how it elevates the humble french fries to new heights.

Serve peri peri french fries with various types of burgers like chicken burger, aloo tikki burger, veggie burger or paneer patty burger.

I recommend that if you serve these fries alone in summers then take any chilled beverage like rose milkshake, paan shots, cold coffee with ice cream, mango lassi or kulukki sarbath. In winters you can have hot beverages like almond tea, cutting chai or masala chai.

The Magic of Peri Peri Masala

Peri peri masala is a blend of spices originating from the African continent, particularly popular in Portuguese cuisine. It is made from a variety of ingredients, including peri peri chili peppers, garlic, paprika, oregano, and other aromatic spices. The resulting masala is known for its fiery heat, tangy flavor, and vibrant red color. When combined with the humble french fry, it creates a tantalizing flavor profile that is simply irresistible.

 

Making of Peri Peri French Fries

  • To prepare peri peri masala please check our recent recipe.
  • Initially take a bowl filled with full of water. Put the slices of potatoes(3inch*1inch) in it. 
  • Now add 4-5 ice cubes in it. It helps the potatoes to get hardness.
  • Afterwards place boiler on medium high flame and add water according to the quantity of potato slices. Pour 2 teaspoon vinegar into it.
  • Now add iced potatoes in boiler and add 1/2 teaspoon salt/according to the quantity of potato slices. Boil the slices for a while.
  • After boiling for sometime transfer the slices on wired stand and wait until it get dried.
  • Now place a kadai on medium high flame and pour oil for deep fry.
  • After the slices are dry transfer into kadai for frying them. Place them carefully as the oil will be hot.
  • Keep in mind that we have to half fry them and bring it out after some time. Transfer the slices onto the wired stand until it get cool down.
  • After it cool down then again place it in kadai for full fry.
  • Don’t over fry them. Fry the slices until it turn to golden brown color.
  • Last but not the least sprinkle the homemade peri peri masala on it and your french fries are ready to serve.

Serve the peri peri masala french fries (nandos fries) hot as a standalone snack or as a delicious accompaniment to burgers, sandwiches, or wraps.

Expert Tips

Choose the Right Potatoes: Opt for starchy potatoes like Russet or Idaho potatoes, as they have a fluffy interior and crispy exterior when fried or baked. These varieties work best for french fries.

Soak the Potatoes: Soaking the cut potatoes in cold water helps remove excess starch, resulting in crispier fries. Ensure you dry them thoroughly before seasoning and baking.

Uniform Size: Cut the potatoes into uniform-sized sticks to ensure even cooking. This way, you’ll have fries that are perfectly crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

Preheat the Baking Sheet: Place the baking sheet in the oven while it preheats. This helps create a crispier texture on the bottom of the fries.

Use High Heat: Baking the fries at a high temperature, around 425°F (220°C), helps achieve that golden, crispy exterior.

Flip the Fries: Remember to flip the fries halfway through the baking time to ensure even browning on all sides. This step ensures that both sides of the fries get crispy and prevents them from sticking to the baking sheet.

Seasoning: Be generous with the peri peri masala and salt, but start with a small amount and add more according to your taste preference. Remember, peri peri masala is known for its heat, so adjust the amount based on your spice tolerance.

Garnish with Fresh Herbs: For an extra burst of freshness, sprinkle freshly chopped parsley or cilantro over the fries before serving. This not only adds flavor but also enhances the visual appeal of the dish.

Serve Immediately: Peri peri masala fries are best enjoyed when they are hot and fresh from the oven. Serve them immediately to maintain their crispiness.

Experiment with Dipping Sauces: Consider serving the peri peri masala fries with a variety of dipping sauces like garlic aioli, spicy mayo, or even a tangy tomato chutney. These complementary flavors will take your fries to another level of deliciousness.

 

FAQs

 

Q: Can I use frozen pre-cut fries for this recipe?

A: While fresh-cut potatoes are ideal for peri peri masala fries, you can use frozen pre-cut fries as a convenient alternative. However, keep in mind that the texture and crispiness may differ from fresh-cut fries.

 

Q: How spicy are peri peri masala fries?

A: Peri peri masala is known for its spicy heat, but the level of spiciness can vary depending on the brand and the amount you use. It’s best to start with a small amount of peri peri masala and adjust according to your spice tolerance. You can always add more if you prefer a spicier flavor.

 

Q: Can I deep-fry the peri peri masala fries instead of baking them?

A: Yes, you can deep-fry the peri peri masala fries for a more indulgent and traditional approach. Preheat oil to about 350°F (175°C) and fry the seasoned potato strips until golden brown and crispy. Remember to drain them on a paper towel to remove excess oil.

 

Q: Can I make the peri peri masala from scratch?

A: Absolutely! While store-bought peri peri masala is convenient, you can make your own peri peri spice blend by combining peri peri chili peppers, garlic powder, paprika, oregano, salt, and any other spices you prefer. Adjust the ratios according to your taste preferences.

 

Q: How do I store leftover peri peri masala fries?

A: Peri peri masala fries are best enjoyed fresh and crispy. However, if you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat them in the oven or an air fryer to restore some crispiness before serving.

 

Q: Can I use peri peri sauce instead of peri peri masala?

A: While peri peri sauce can add flavor to your fries, it will create a different texture compared to peri peri masala. The sauce may make the fries soggy instead of crispy. However, you can try brushing the fries with peri peri sauce just before serving for a tangy kick.

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Peri Peri French Fries Recipe Card

North Indian Kitchen
Peri Peri French Fries made in peri peri masala is a yummy starter. Potatoes with peri peri masala is a great combination.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Snacks, Starter
Cuisine World
Servings 4
Calories 308 kcal

Equipments

1 Kadai
1 Boiler

Ingredients

Instructions
 

  • Initially take a bowl filled with full of water. Put the slices of potatoes(3inch*1inch) in it. 
    2. Now add 4-5 ice cubes in it. It helps the potatoes to get hardness.
    3. Afterwards place boiler on medium high flame and add water according to the quantity of potato slices.
    4. Pour 2 teaspoon vinegar into it. Now add iced potatoes in boiler and add 1/2 teaspoon salt/according to the quantity of potato slices.
    5. Boil the slices for a while. After boiling for sometime transfer the slices on wired stand and wait until it get dried.
    6. Now place a kadai on medium high flame and pour oil for deep fry.
    7. After the slices are dry transfer into kadai for frying them.
    8. Place them carefully as the oil will be hot.
    9. Keep in mind that we have to half fry them and bring it out after some time. Transfer the slices onto the wired stand until it get cool down.
    10. After it cool down then again place it in kadai for full fry. Don't over fry them. 11. Fry the slices until it turn to golden brown color.

Video

Notes

  • When cutting the potatoes, aim for uniform-sized sticks to ensure even cooking.
  • Soaking the cut potatoes in cold water helps remove excess starch and results in crispier fries.
  • Thoroughly dry the potatoes after soaking to prevent excess moisture during baking.
  • Preheating the baking sheet in the oven helps create a crispier texture on the bottom of the fries.
  • Flip the fries halfway through the baking time to ensure even browning on all sides.
  • Adjust the amount of peri peri masala according to your spice tolerance.
  • Consider experimenting with different dipping sauces to complement the spicy flavor of the fries.
  • If deep-frying the fries, ensure the oil is at the correct temperature (around 350°F/175°C) and drain them on a paper towel to remove excess oil.
  • Be cautious while handling peri peri chili peppers or peri peri sauce, as they can be very spicy. Use gloves or wash hands thoroughly after handling them.
Nutrition Facts
Peri Peri French Fries Recipe Card
Amount per Serving
Calories
308
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
21
g
32
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Sodium
 
616
mg
27
%
Potassium
 
670
mg
19
%
Carbohydrates
 
28
g
9
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
Vitamin A
 
87
IU
2
%
Vitamin B1
 
1
mg
67
%
Vitamin B2
 
1
mg
59
%
Vitamin B3
 
2
mg
10
%
Vitamin B6
 
1
mg
50
%
Vitamin C
 
31
mg
38
%
Vitamin E
 
9
mg
60
%
Vitamin K
 
9
µg
9
%
Calcium
 
37
mg
4
%
Vitamin B9 (Folate)
 
26
µg
7
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
Magnesium
 
41
mg
10
%
Phosphorus
 
91
mg
9
%
Zinc
 
1
mg
7
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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