I cannot contain my excitement any longer. I had another recipe planned to post today but it wasn't nearly as exciting as these curry fries are (in my opinion)!
Typically I wouldn't make a recipe like this because it's what I call a "two-parter". I have to make the curry sauce and then I have to make the fries. However, we are talking about fries, which are my spirit animal. (Just go with this analogy please).
When my mom and I traveled to Edinburgh last fall, we stopped at a cute restaurant for dinner after trekking up to the Edinburgh castle for a few hours. We were famished and we ordered quite a few dishes. Since we both love curry and I have an obsession with fries, we decided to order the curry fries. It might have been the best food decision of the trip. I knew I needed to recreate this once I returned to the States.
Of course it's taken my months to get around to it...but I've finally made it happen! Can I also just give a shout out to Trader Joe's for their out-of-this-world frozen fries? Seriously, I'm never making fries from scratch again when they can be this good with minimal effort. Bravo Trader Joe's. You're taking over the world with your Movie Popcorn and Frozen French Fries. I can dig this.
I also really dig this curry sauce. I had some left over after I drenched the fries in it, but that just means that I had some the next night as leftovers! That's a win-win situation right there.
makes 4 servings
For the curry sauce:
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
- 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
- 4 roma tomatoes, diced and seeded
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup milk or cream
For the fries:
- 2 lbs frozen fries
- cooking spray
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon ground red chili pepper
- 1/2 cup feta cheese or paneer cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes, for topping (optional)
Make the curry sauce:
1) Place a medium-sized pot over medium heat. Add the oil and the butter. Allow the butter to melt.
2) Add in the garlic, ginger powder, tomato paste, garam masala and curry powder. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to toss the mixture together. Allow the mixtures to cook for about 4 minutes, stirring every minute.
3) Toss in the tomatoes, water, and salt. Allow the sauce to simmer over low heat for 1 hour, stirring periodically.
4) Remove the sauce from the heat. Use an immersion blender (or a regular blender) to puree the sauce to the desired texture.
5) Add the sauce back to the pot and stir in the milk or cream until fully incorporated. Cover the sauce with a lid and keep warm until time to serve.
Make the fries:
6) Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Add the frozen fries. Toss the fries with all of the seasonings, reserving the cheese.
7) Bake according to the directions on the package.
8) Once the fries are done, add the desired serving amount to a plate or serving platter. Drizzle with the warm curry sauce. Top with the cheese if you are using it. Serve immediately.
--recipe slightly adapted from Oven Baked Curry Fries