Viazi/Spicy Mashed Potatoes in Gram Flour

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20-25 balls

These simple spicy mashed potatoes coated with gram flour and deep fried are a delightful snack to have with any chutney.

500 gm
white potatoes, boiled and peeled then mashed whilst still warm for best results
1-2 tsp
chilli powder
1-2 tsp
juice of 1 lemon
oil for deep frying
Ingredients for Batter
1 cup
gram flour/besan flour/chickpea flour
1/2 tsp
1/4 tsp
garlic paste
1/4 tsp
chilli powder
water as needed

Mash the potatoes then add the salt, red chilli powder and lemon and mix together. Taste and adjust if needed, then shape into small balls and set aside.

In a bowl, add the gram flour, salt, garlic paste and chilli powder. Then slowly add water a little at a time while stirring or whisking until you have a smooth and runny batter. Not too watery, there should be a bit of thickness to it. (You can add a bit of egg white into this mix to help the gram flour stick together and gives the potatoes a proper coating during frying, this is optional though).

Heat oil in a deep wok or frying pan. When hot, dip and roll each potato ball into the gram flour batter to coat then gently put this into the hot oil and fry until nice and golden. Remove into a strainer then place on tissues/kitchen towels to blot out excess oil.

Serve hot with coconut chutney or tamarind chutney.



is there any way i can freeze them?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, I would not recommend freezing potato dishes as they release water when thawed. Best to make and serve them fresh.

I made these for my kids but i added cheese into the mash for them they loved it. For myself and hubby i made them extra spicy and left cheese out and had them with imli chutney they were really good thanks.

Hi fauzia,cn we use normal flour instead?.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi, you can but it will be a bit rubbery. Gram flour works best.

Can I use a bit of chopped onion and corrianer leaves to the potatoe mixture?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes absolutely! :)

I tried yesterday.... very delicious!

Hi. I mashed the potatoes and added the required things. The potato mixture became sticky and all lumpy? It could not roll into round balls as it was too sticky. Pls tell what can i do with this now? Also where did i go wrong?thanks.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi, you did nothing wrong, it is the type of potatoes you used. There are white potatoes (which are fluffy when mashed) and then there are the red potatoes (which get really sticky when mashed). Try to always get the good flaky white potatoes.