The Indianised version of this Chinese preparation is a popular street food all over the country. It has all the sauces added and a generous drizzle of honey which leaves one asking for more! It can be served as a starter or as an accompaniment to Chowmein or Fried rice.
3 large potatoes de skinned and sliced into batons as for French fries
2 tbsps Maida/ all purpose flour
2 tbsps rice flour or corn flour
A mixture of 4 tbsps of Maida and 2 tbsps of rice flour, a pinch of salt and water enough to make a thick batter.
Oil for frying
For the sauce:
1 tbsp chilly sauce
1 tbsp soya sauce
4 tbsps tomato ketchup
2 tbsps honey
2 tbsps sugar
1 tsp corn flour mixed in a quarter cup of water to make a slurry.
For the seasoning:
10 cloves of garlic minced
1 inch piece of ginger minced
3 green chillies slit and cut into thin strips
3 tbsps of thinly sliced capsicum
1 small onion sliced
2 tbsps spring onion greens
2 tbsps oil
For the garnish:
2 tbsps finely chopped spring onion greens
1 heaped tbsp toasted sesame seeds
Wash the sliced potato two or three times to get rid of the starch. Drain thoroughly. Sprinkle the maida, salt and rice flour and mix well. Keep aside. Heat oil in a pan. Dip the potato wedges into the maida rice flour batter and deep fry on a medium flame til crisp and golden brown. Finish off similarly with all the wedges , drain and keep them aside. Heat a pan and dry roast the sesame seeds till they splutter. Keep aside. Heat the oil well and drop all the wedges into the hot oil and flash fry them to a rich brown on a high flame. Drain and keep aside.
Heat oil in a wok or a broad based pan. Add the minced garlic, ginger and green chillies. Toss till they change colour. Add the sliced onion, capsicum and spring onion greens. Toss them for a few seconds and add all the sauces and tomato ketchup one by one. Add half a cup of water and gently pour in the slurry , continuously stirring the sauce so as to avoid it from forming lumps. Add the salt, sugar and honey. Bring to a boil. Immediately add the fried potato wedges, toasted sesame seeds and spring onion greens. Give it a good stir and serve hot.
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