A plate full of fried goodies, looks inviting. So easy to pop them in your mouth while watching your favourite movie, isn’t it? I am sure you have seen the ads of frozen French fries or potato specialities, claiming to treat you under 3 minutes time. How about making these fried bites at home? Trust me, it is easy to make these hot and tasty potato bites fresh at home!
There was a time when I have brought many frozen food for evening snack time. It goes straight into hot oil and back to freezer. Once I brought chilli-garlic potato bites. They tasted just ok and I realised that it also had very little ingredients. I had a sudden flash of making it at home with 1-2 trials (& errors off course). For sometime I was so gung-ho on making these bites at home, and once I finished the pack I forgot about it. I still kept munching on store brought frozen potato bites for sometime and eventually stopped buying them, but home-made bites idea never materialised.
All for a good cause I say? I watched this recipe on FB, should be from one of those food channel (Between, I am very fond of these bite sized food videos, its intriguing to see them create wonders under a minute). The recipe used spring onions and as I had them in fridge I wanted to try this recipe, mostly to use up the spring onions. The original recipe baked the tots while I shallow fried them and made a sour cream dip to accompany it. I popped one in my mouth and it was nostalgic. I realised that this is what I was wanting to make all this while which never happened, I don’t know why hadn’t I even given a try. All I needed was a little push from FB. It tasted fantastic with the dip.
Tater tots are tiny cylindrical shaped potato bites with some added spices. For me it is nothing but a western version of our tikkis. The texture is different as we use grated potato. Excuse the shape here, the first batch fried were cylindrical shaped which was over in no time, The second batch were patties like shaped and I had to use them for the photographs.
I hope I have given you a little push to try this recipe. Home made food is always a good choice, a little effort is all it takes. This is a simple recipe to try and worth your time.
- 1. Potatoes 3 medium
- 2. Spring onions 1/2 cup finely chopped
- 3. Garlic 2 tsp finely chopped/grated
- 4. Cheese 1/4 cup
- 5. Maida 1 tsp
- 6. Pepper powder 1-2 tsp
- 7. Salt to taste
- 8. Oil to shallow fry
- Wash and boil potatoes. let it cool. (refer note 1).
- Peal the potatoes and grate them.
- Add grated cheese, spring onions, garlic, maida, salt and pepper and gently mix with a spoon. Do not knead the mixture.
- Take a small portion and give it a cylindrical shape. You can give any desired shape of your choice.
- Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the potato bites in batches on med flame.
- Fry till you get a deep golden colour. Remove it into a paper towel to remove excess oil.
- Serve hot/warm with dip/ketchup.
- 1. Do not overcook the potatoes as texture is important here. I pressure cooked the potatoes for 1 whistle.
- pan method: completely immerse potatoes in water in bring to boil cover and cook for 5-6 mins. cool and use as directed.
- 2. Add maida to the mixture if the potatoes seem watery.
- 3. Use freshly ground pepper for distinct flavor and adjust as required.
- 4. Spring onions can be omitted. If using, chop it very fine.
- 5. Alternatively, boiled and mashed corn kernels can be used. Scrambled paneer will be good as well
- 6. Chilli flakes can be used instead of pepper powder, both give out different flavour.
- 1.Heavy cream 1/4 cup
- 2.Lemon juice 1 tsp
- Add lemon juice to heavy cream and refrigerate it for 15-20 minutes. Do not mix lemon juice and cream.
- Once out of fridge, add salt and whisk it well for at least 5 minutes.
- You can add garlic powder for flavour.