Nothing is more satisfying than a plate of baked French fries, particularly when they're sprinkled with Indian spices, such as cumin and coriander.
It wouldn't be a surprise if we were sucked into our couch and never heard from again. The NHL season is nearly halfway over (we're rooting for our boys, the Canucks!) and the NFL playoffs are in full swing, with the Super Bowl (and Super Bowl snacks) a mere three weeks away. All of this means that we are watching more than our fair share of sports and are at risk of our eyes turning into those cartoon spirals and our heads exploding from an overload of sports stats (Is it really necessary that I know that Eli Manning is the fourth quarterback to throw more than 100 yards while wearing a New York Giants' uniform? I'm sure this is taking the place of other important information. It likely explains why I can never remember my boys' shoe sizes.)
We are doing our best to offset this couch potato behavior by strapping on our running shoes and hitting the road, going for family walks and heading to the indoor pool so the kids can burn off some energy. On top of that, we are balancing the occasional serving of Sticky & Sweet Chicken Wings with healthy dips, lean and hearty soups and healthier versions of crowd-pleasing French fries.
These low-fat snacks first appeared on this site as Baked French Fries with Garlic & Parmesan Cheese, and then later with Chile Peppers and Cilantro. It was time for a third version, this time tossed with Indian spices (cumin and coriander), garlic and cilantro. These were a hit with both my husband and kids. I'd say they were fist-pump and chest-bump worthy.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Cut potatoes lengthwise into slices that are ⅓-inch thick and then cut each slice into ⅓-inch thick strips. Dry the potatoes between two kitchen towels.
In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, 3 tablespoons olive oil, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt.
Divide the potatoes between two baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spread into a single layer.
Bake until the potatoes are golden brown, about 40 minutes, turning the potatoes every 10 minutes, and rotating the racks halfway through baking.
In a small bowl, stir together ground cumin and ground coriander. Set aside.
Heat 1 teaspoon olive in a small nonstick skillet set over medium heat. Add garlic and jalapenos and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Take care not to burn the garlic.
Place the cooked potatoes in a large bowl and toss with garlic, cumin and coriander mixture, and cilantro. Taste (be careful – they’ll be hot!) and season with additional salt, if necessary. Serve.
Other baked French fries recipes:
Baked French with Garlic, Parsley & Parmesan Cheese
Baked French Fries with Chile Peppers & Garlic
Baked French Fries with Indian Spices
- 4 medium russet potatoes about 1 ¾ pounds, unpeeled
- 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon olive oil divided
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Cut potatoes lengthwise into slices that are ⅓-inch thick and then cut each slice into ⅓-inch thick strips. Dry the potatoes between two kitchen towels.
- In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, 3 tablespoons olive oil, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt.
- Divide the potatoes between two baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spread into a single layer.
- Bake until the potatoes are golden brown, about 40 minutes, turning the potatoes every 10 minutes, and rotating the racks halfway through baking.
- In a small bowl, stir together ground cumin and ground coriander. Set aside.
- Heat 1 teaspoon olive in a small nonstick skillet set over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Take care not to burn the garlic.
- Place the cooked potatoes in a large bowl and toss with garlic, cumin and coriander mixture, and cilantro. Taste (be careful – they’ll be hot!) and season with additional salt, if necessary. Serve.
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Fred @ Savorique
I've actually had Indian spiced fries made of sweet potatoes. I bet it was a very similar recipe. You should try. And it's healthier too! 😉
Yummy, I need nutritious ideas right now.
What a great "game day" treat, so much better than the traditional greasy, heavy snacks we tend to prepare. Thanks or sharing such a compelling recipe.
I love baked fries and actually any type of potato dish. The seasonings that you used for these sound like a great change from what I normally make.
Wow...love this way of making fries. Infusing the spices in the olive oil and then just mixing that with the baked fries...brilliant. I have that very same blue plate that you used.....just bought if for taking food pics. It's such a pretty color.
Omg Dara these are amazing, I am drooling over this one. Love fries and these just take them to a whole new level.
Baked fries are the best! Love the spices on these fries!
LOVE these, Dara! What a creative way to spice up fries!
Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
Yum!! I swear I could live off of potatoes.
Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
These look fantastic! Just put them on Pinterest
Love the idea of spicy fries!
Oh boy...these look so addictive, I'd have a hard time concentrating on the game!
Kirsty @ Secret Life of a College Girl
Want to make these for my Super Bowl party. Better make a lot, I bet they'll be a hit! I'm kind of obsessed with sweet potato fries, so maybe I'll try making them with sweet potatoes too.
We're big football fans in this house, so I know what you mean about not getting off the couch for hours at a time. Munching on baked fries sounds like a terrific idea!
Megan Pence @CountryCleaver
How perfect are these?! I would love to scarf on these during the endless football games my (loving) hunny subjects me to every Sunday, and a treat with no guilt - could me in!
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
These sound so yummy!
Lordy, these look fantastic!! I'd sit on your couch too if I could have these! Amazing.
Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables
These looks delicious, can't wait to try!
Favorite. Fry. Ever.
Sprigs of Rosemary
Pretty funny -- baked french fries for your couch potatoes! The Indian flavors sound great, though. I'd love to try these. I've made baked "fries" before but only sliced them. Never took the time to cut like fries. WIll do now.
Dara (Cookin' Canuck)
Thank you! I find that when I get them into thinner fries, there is more browned surface for each fry, giving each of them more flavor and slightly more crunch.