Potatoes with Curry Leaf Inserts


I learned a version of this recipe from Dan Barber and soon it became a favorite in our house but with several differences: he uses sage and I turn to curry leaves. He uses paprika, I am partial to chaat masala.  I just love the simplicity of this recipe. Yes, it is deep-fried. Make it once  in a while and you will love it even more or as my kids say, “Love it now as it wont be back on the menu for a year at least.”

Oh, and Chef Dan Barber.. THANK YOU!

Canola oil, for frying
2 large unpeeled Yukon Gold or russet potatoes, scrubbed
Handful of curry leaves
Chaat masala for garnish (you can buy this for 99 cents or a buck at any Indian grocer or online at Amazon. My preferred brand is MDH)
Sea salt to taste

Pour enough oil into a large (6-quart) pot for it to reach a depth of 2 inches. Heat over medium heat until the oil registers 200 degrees on an instant-read thermometer. Place paper towels on a large platter
Slice the potatoes into 1/16-inch-thick slices. Use a very thin, sharp knife to make 2 slits in the center of each slice, spaced vertically about 1/2 inch apart. You can use a mandolin if you have one as it will give you thinner slices. Thread 1 curry leaf through the slits in each slice.
Increase the heat under the pot to medium-high.
Working in batches, fry the potato chips for 3 to 4 minutes, turning occasionally, until golden and crisp. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the chips to the paper-towel-lined platter. Sprinkle with chaat masala to taste. Taste one chip to see if you need to salt it. I don’t but I find some people like it a little more savory. So add salt if you need to and serve immediately.

Thank you to Alka Keswani for taking this superb photo of my dish and giving Life of Spice permission to use the photo here. THANK YOU!

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  1. This looks great! I have never been able to find curry leaves fresh though. I can’t walk through a grocery store, so I have my groceries delivered and the only curry leaves i can find are dried. So, I may have to try the sage variety.

  2. looks great! In Brazil we use bay leaves. Now I’ll have to try it! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Oooh Monica can’t wait to try this on the weeknd. Yum
    Will report back.

  4. really a new idea .Interesting potatoes with curry leaves insert.Did it takes long time to make it? Love to try it for sure.

  5. I do have frozen curry leaves. Looks like a lot of work involved in inserting the tiny leaves, but I bet that tastes sooooo good

  6. Wow! Nice and unique looking! A great photo!

  7. This sounds very interesting Monica those the process seems tedious..:)..what a great way to eat curry leaves..

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