Homemade French fries are easy and quick to make. Perfect for after school snack when the pantry is running a little low and needs to be refilled. Even if every vegetable in the refrigerator has been consumed, there is always a chance that we might find a potato without having to run to the grocery shop.
Any kind of potato can be used for making fries.
Are potatoes healthy?
Potatoes have in the recent past received bad press when all protein diet fad began. I believe in moderation and I don’t believe in eliminating any food from the diet. So potatoes are not as bad as they are made to appear even though it is a carbohydrate rich food. As its name suggests, potato is rich in potassium (okay that was a bad joke ). Potassium is a vital ingredient necessary for maintaining heart health and blood pressure.
It has chemicals that have a calming and soothing effect on us and that is why it is one of the most popular comfort foods. Now do I have to really sell potatoes to anyone? We Indians are famous for our urulaikilangu varuval (potato sidedish) and aaloo gobi. We can easily find tons of yummy Indian potato recipes. But the best combo ever would be curd rice and potato fries. Okay that is only my personal opinion but I stand by it.
So admit it. You love potatoes. I love potatoes and we all love them.
Note: Peta website mentions a lawsuit against McDonalds for using beef tallow to fry french fries. So if you are a strict vegetarian, you can make this at home without having to worry about the ingredients that went into making the fries sold in fast food joints.
Here is a 5 minute kids recipe for homemade French Fries
Potato – Firm and big
Chilli powder – optional
Oil for deep frying
Cold water – one bowl
Wash and peel the potato
Slice it into thin strips either using a knife or using a fry cutter. When letting kids to cook, make sure they have been properly taught to handle a knife and they are aware of kitchen safety rules.
Now soak the potato strips in a bowl of cold water with a spoon of salt mixed in it. This soaking will remove the starch from the surface of the potato strips. If this step is missed, the fry will be soggy and not crispy. Fries are tastier when the outer surface is crispy and it is soft yet well cooked on the inside.
When it is soaked, you will notice that the starch dissolves into the water and that the water is turning cloudy. Soak for about 5 minutes if possible or shorter duration of time if you are in a hurry, you can just rinse it in cold water.
Blot the potato strips with paper towels and remove all traces of water. Now will be the right time to teach children that hot oil and water is a dangerous combination.
Next step is to deep fry. Since this is a kids recipe, I would suggest that you keep the pan in the back burner and never allow your kid to deep fry anything unsupervised.
Fry them in batches in medium fire and when they are slightly done, take them out.
Potato turns brown / burnt very fast when fried. There are very high chances of getting brown / burnt fry that is under cooked inside. There is a trick to prevent this.
Fry a batch and when it is partly done and still in the original color, take it out and spread it on paper towel. It will retain some heat and continue to get cooked. Then fry the same batch again to get a nice tint of golden brown.
Picture below shows fries in different stages of cooking.
You may sprinkle some salt or make your own Indian version of french fries by sprinkling some chilli powder or black pepper powder if your Indian taste buds demand it.
Enjoy this tasty quick and easy homemade french fries.