Roast/Baked Potatoes

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Serves 2-3

An excellent side that goes well with meat or chicken main dishes. These roast potatoes are crisp and spicy on the outside, yet light and fluffy on the inside.

white potatoes.
2 tsp
2 tbsp
melted butter
2 tbsp
veg oil or olive oil
1/2 tsp
garlic paste
2 tsp
red chili powder or red chili flakes
1 tsp
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 tsp
freshly ground cumin powder
1/2 tsp
black pepper
1 tsp
paprika or tandoori masala
(to add color)

First, peel the potatoes and halve each one, or if they are quite big, cut them into quarters. Put them in a pot and add enough water to just cover them. Sprinkle 1 tsp. salt, turn on the heat and bring them to a boil. Cook until the potatoes are about half-way done. Careful not to over-cook them!!

Once potatoes are half-way done, drain out all the water, then put them back into the pot. Using a fork, scrape the potatoes gently to give them a rough surface. This will give you potatoes with a nice crispy exterior later. You can also give them a rough surface by covering the pot and shaking it gently so they bang into each other a little bit. Whichever method suits you best is fine.

Mix all the remaining ingredients to form a marinade. Pour this over the boiled and scraped potatoes and toss gently to make sure all the potatoes are well-coated. Spill them onto a foil-lined tray and bake them in a pre-heated oven at 180 C for about 20-30 minutes. Check them once or twice in between to see if they need to be turned over. Once crisp and golden, turn them out into a serving dish, garnish with fresh coriander and serve immediately!

Enjoy! :)


Could you tell me roughly how many potatoes is 500gm please?

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Depends on size, anywhere from 10 baby ones to 3 large ones.

Thank you

can you pls tell me how many minutes of boiling will make these potatoes half way done, um afraid to overcook them.. thanks

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, difficult to give a specific time with potatoes as that will vary on type and size. Around 8 minutes should be fine. Just stick a knife tip into one and if it goes in with just a liiiittle bit of resistance, they are half done. :)

salaams does the cumin powder have to be fresh?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, if it is roasted it is best when fresh. Otherwise any will do.

Assalamu alykum Fauzia and greetings from Mombasa! My oven is quite 'moody' so can i use a charcoal jiko to roast them? Shukran!

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, yes absolutely!

Shukran jazakillah khayr

Beatrice Obiero's picture

Hi Fauzia, I must say I'm a big fan. This site is reaally helpful. Can I use tumeric for colour instead of paprika or tandoori.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi, thanks! Yes you can use turmeric, or even a little bit of food colouring.