Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Air Fryer Masala Smashed Potatoes

A perfect snack or appetizer, these Air Fryer Indian spiced smashed potatoes are easy to make and delicious. 

Serve them with some chutney or turn them into a chaat; these are addictive for sure! 

Air Fried Masala Smashed Potatoes

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Do you find yourself looking for new appetizers for a party or a quick snack with your afternoon tea or coffee? This recipe of spiced smashed potatoes should be your recipe then!

Using the Instant Pot and the Air Fryer makes the recipe in a jiffy and is super easy too. This is now my FAVORITE way to make any kind of smashed potatoes for sure.

What are Smashed Potatoes

Don't worry about the name; no potatoes are ever harmed in this recipe!

Smashed potatoes are essentially twice cooked potatoes with some spice and flavoring. Mini potatoes make the recipe easily as they do not need to be chopped. 

The potatoes are boiled in the Instant Pot first, then smashed with a potato masher and spiced. Finally they are air fried till crisp and cooked well. 

These potatoes can be enjoyed as a snack or be used with Indian style peas (ragda) for an easy 'LAZY ragda pattice'. 

Smashed potatoes are popular in many cuisines, this version has Indian spices to flavor them and add some zing top boring spuds.  

Air Fried Masala Smashed Potatoes in a plate with cilantro chutney

This recipe of Smashed Potatoes

  • is easy to make with a handful of ingredients

  • makes a great recipe for snack or appetizer

  • can be served with a dip or used to make ragda pattice

  • is spiced with a mix of delicious spices to make it amazing

The recipe can be made before hand and served after heating. 

If making for more people, it is best to boil the potatoes before hand and just air fry them before serving.

If you are in a rush, make them and store them in an air tight container once cooled. Air fry for a couple minutes before serving.

I use these potatoes in place of any recipe that calls for tikkis. From chaat to ragda pattice, these work easily and perfectly. Super easy to scale and easy to customize for kids and adults.

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Ingredients to make Smashed Potatoes

The recipe needs a handful of ingredients. They can easily be modified according to taste and availability.

Baby Potatoes: Commonly used for any smashed potato recipe, yellow potatoes work the best here. Try and use potatoes of similar size to ensure they cook in the same time.

Aromatics: Garlic, ginger and jalapeño are used here for flavor and spice. Skip the jalapeño if you like a milder version.

They can be processed in a food processor or grated using a microplane. Keep the garlic in slightly bigger chunks if you like roasted garlic.

Spices: A mix of Indian spices i.e. red chili powder, turmeric powder and garam masala are used here. Make your own garam masala or use store bought one. Both work equally well.

Apart from these, oil and salt are required. Any neutral oil is great for the recipe. Butter can be used if you like too.

Air Fried Masala Smashed Potatoes topped with red onions.

Step by Step Instructions

Wash and clean the potatoes thoroughly. 

1- Add 1 cup water in the instant pot. Place a steamer rack on a raised rack and arrange the potatoes on it.

2- Close the lid and set mode to 'Pressure cook' and time to 5 minutes. 

3- Once cooked, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes and open the lid on releasing the remaining pressure.

Air Fried Masala Smashed Potatoes steps 1

4- In a bowl mix together oil, turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt, garam masala, jalapeño, garlic and ginger. 

Air Fried Masala Smashed Potatoes steps 2

5- Drain and remove the potatoes on a plate. Lightly mash them using a potato smasher or a glass.

Air Fried Masala Smashed Potatoes steps 3

6- Drizzle the flavored oil on the potatoes.

Air Fried Masala Smashed Potatoes steps 4

7- Preheat the air fryer to 400 F for a few minutes.

8- Place the potatoes in a single layer (I placed half of them) and air fry for 10 minutes. If you like them super crispy, air fry for another 5 minutes.

Air Fried Masala Smashed Potatoes steps 4

9- Remove the potatoes and serve topped with some chaat masala and sliced onions.  

Air Fried Masala Smashed Potatoes in a plate with cilantro chutney

Tips and Notes

  • Make sure the potatoes are cleaned thoroughly as we consume the skins too.

  • Skip or reduce the jalapeño for a milder version of the recipe.

  • The thinner the potatoes are smashed, the crispier they get. But make sure they do not break apart while smashing.

  • Air Fry the potatoes in batches, making sure they do not overlap or touch each other. 
Air Fried Masala Smashed Potatoes in a plate with ragda, diced vegetables and chutney

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Author: Smruti
Air Fried Masala Smashed Potatoes

Air Fried Masala Smashed Potatoes

A perfect snack or appetizer, these Indian spiced smashed potatoes are easy to make and delicious. Serve them with some chutney or turn them into a chaat; these are addictive for sure!
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 45 MinTotal time: 50 Min

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Wash and clean the potatoes thoroughly.
  2. Add 1 cup water in the instant pot. Place a steamer rack on a raised rack and arrange the potatoes on it.
  3. Close the lid and set mode to 'Pressure cook' and time to 5 minutes.
  4. Once cooked, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes and open the lid on releasing the remaining pressure.
  5. In a bowl mix together oil, turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt, garam masala, jalapeño, garlic and ginger.
  6. Drain and remove the potatoes on a plate. Lightly mash them using a potato smasher or a glass.
  7. Drizzle the flavored oil on the potatoes.
  8. Preheat the air fryer to 400 F for a few minutes.
  9. Place the potatoes in a single layer (I placed half of them) and air fry for 10 minutes. If you like them super crispy, air fry for another 5 minutes.
  10. Remove the potatoes and serve topped with some chaat masala and sliced onions.

Notes:

  • Make sure the potatoes are cleaned thoroughly as we consume the skins too.
  • Skip or reduce the jalapeño for a milder version of the recipe.
  • The thinner the potatoes are smashed, the crispier they get. But make sure they do not break apart while smashing.
  • Air Fry the potatoes in batches, making sure they do not overlap or touch each other. 



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