Mom’s Easy Masala Potato fry

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Masala Potato fry is a delicious dish made from the humble potato in just 15 mins. Simple and easy to make , it can be had for lunch or dinner. Serve with Chappati or Puris.

Growing up I remember that Masala Potatoes was my brother’s favorite dish for school lunch.

Mom used to make this quite often and it was always a happy food; the kind that puts a smile on your face. Sis and I would eat it at home as our school time was shorter. But yes, it was always yummy! Years later, it was even our most favorite lunch when at work, loved even by our colleagues.

Potatoes are a healthy food if prepared correctly, and they have quite a few vitamins and minerals. It all depends on the preparation. And there are really so many ways to cook potatoes, the end result really depends on you. You can make mashed potatoes, fried potatoes, potato bhaji, or add it to curries. Or you can make these tasty masala potatoes.

To know how to make this quick and easy masala potato recipe, read on…

What Ingredients Do You Need To Make Masala Potato Fry?

All you need to make this masala potato fry some is potatoes, oil, salt, sugar, chilli powder and water.

How To Make Masala Potato?

Wash and clean the potatoes before you cut them into 1/2 inch cubes. Soak them in water for a while, this helps to remove the excess starch.

As you can see, we do not peel the skin, but we give it a good scrub while washing to remove any dirt. This is because the potato skin has many good vitamins just under it, and peeling the skin would lead to a loss of vital amines. So get rid of the potato eyes, give the skin a scrub, but hold on to it and eat it. 🙂

Soak the chopped potato to remove starch.
Chop the potato into cubes and soak to remove starch

In a frying pan or kadai, add a little oil and heat it. Then, add in the diced potatoes, chilli powder and salt. Also add in a few teaspoons of sugar and mix well.

Add chilli powder and salt to the potatoes getting fried in oil.
Add chilli powder, and salt
Add 2 tablespoons of sugar to the masala.
Add 2 tablespoons of sugar

Add in a little water and allow the potatoes to cook for about 15 minutes on a medium flame. As it cooks, the water will evaporate and you will be left with some yummy masala potaoes.

Add water and let the potato cook.
Add water and cook on medium flame for 15 mins
Cook till potato bhaji becomes dry.
Cook till dry
Serve the masala potato in a bowl.
Serve the masala potato

What’s Perfect About This Recipe?

  • It is simple and easy to make.
  • It takes only 15 minutes which makes it the perfect in-a-hurry-dish!
  • It can be served as the main dish with chapatis or even a side dish for both lunch or dinner.

Cooking Tips And Tricks

  • Wash the potatoes to remove as much starch as you can, unless of course you prefer eating with starch.
  • If you have access to EI Bottle Masala, you can use this instead for chilli powder for a yummier taste!
  • Sprinkle a little sour lime juice on top for added flavor!
  • It is not necessary to peel the potatoes, as long as they are properly washed. The skin has vitamins under it that are good to eat, so eating the skin is good too!
  • For an easy snack, roll the potato in a chapati, taco or pav, top with some lemon juice, tomato sauce, and coriander, and serve!

FAQ’s About Masala Potato Fry

Are potatoes fattening?

No, potatoes are not fattening, infact a medium potatoes has just about 150 calories.
It is usually the cooking process that ends up making it fatty because of added oil. Skip the oil and you’re fine. Or use good quality coconut oil, avocado oil, or olive oil.

Are potatoes unhealthy?

No, potatoes are not unhealthy, they actually have quite a few health benefits as they are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Can you make this recipe spicier?

Yes, you can add more chilli powder or a bit of paprika to make it spicier.

What can I serve these spicy potatoes with?

Serve the masala potatoes with chapatis or turmeric rice, mustard chicken, moong dal or masoor dal, or a salad.

How long can you store Masala Potato?

You can store cooked masala potatoes in a refrigerator for a few days or in the freezer for a few months.

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Serve the masala potato in a bowl.

Mom’s Masala Potato Fry Side Dish

Masala Potato fry is a delicious side dish made from humble potatoes in just 15 mins.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Diet Hindu, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 4


  • 500 g Potatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons Oil
  • 1 Tablespoons Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Red Chili Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 100 ml Water


  • Wash and clean the potatoes and dice them into 1/2 inch cubes. Soak in water to remove the excess starch.
  • In a pan, heat the oil and add the potatoes, salt, and chilli powder. Also add sugar and mix well.
  • Add water and allow to cook for about 15 minutes till dry.
  • Serve with chappatis or puris! (See notes for recipe links.)

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  • You can replace chilli powder with EI bottle masala for an even yummier taste.
  • Sprinkle a little sourlime juice on top for added flavour.
  • It is not necessary to peel the potatoes, as long as they are properly washed.
  • Here’s how to make chapatis and how to make puris.
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