Oooop. I’m dipping a toe in the water! I’m getting that squeaky voiced, cheeky grinned, I’m-doing-something-that-I-maybe-shouldn’t-and-I’m-scared-but-excited feeling again!
Wait for it…..SAVOURY FOOD.
Hhahahhahaha. Perspective can be such a bitch. Because that is a hell of an anticlimax in terms of the big wide world that exists out there. But in terms of me, and my tortoise approach to blogging (slow and steady wins the race *cringe*) the leap into SAVOURY is a very big and exciting step! I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking. Dude, it’s cool. I get that you wanted to branch out into something other than sweets, but c’mon. Your blog is called “The Sugar Hit”. I mean…? You’ve kind of painted yourself into a corner over this. WELL, here is where I launch into a super convincing argument which explains why it’s TOTALLY COOL that even though my site is purportedly all about tha sugah, it’s actually not that, but something else entirely. Something about how The Sugar Hit is actually, like a hit of sweet sweet information, not necessarily SUGAR specifically. Or like, that there is sugar in this recipe anyway (there isn’t). As you may have guessed, no such argument is forthcoming. Anyway, I was just kidding about before. I know that all you peeps would be super cool and supportive with my branching out. Not to rehash the same old cliche about the wonders of the community on the internet, but food bloggers, and food blog readers are cool people. It stands to reason; we just want to get on the net and gaze upon the super awesome talent and ideas of fellow food-o-philes. We mean no harm. I also know that you guys will be totally cool about the fact that this is the second recipe involving deep frying in as many posts. Because when I tell you that the idea for a cross between a beer-battered chip, an indian pakora, and a potato scallop percolated up from the depths of my mind, I know that you would understand that I couldn’t NOT share that with you. Because alongside a cold beer? Or a bottle of non-sweet champagne? These are heaven. Salty, crispy, savoury, fragrantly scented heaven.
Indian Spiced Potato Crisps
Oil for frying
1 cup plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp nigella seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp yellow mustard seeds
big pinch ground cumin
big pinch ground turmeric
300ml wheat beer
2 large desiree potatoes
Lemon, to serve Place four centimetres (2 inches) of oil in a small saucepan and place over a medium heat. Place a small piece of potato in the pan, and by the time the potato is golden brown the oil will be at the correct temperature, around 180C. Meanwhile, in a medium sized bowl combine the flour, baking powder and spices. Slowly pour the beer into the flour mix, until the mixture is the consistency of very thick cream. Peel and thinly slice the potatoes. When the oil is the right temperature, take individual slices of potato, and dredge them in the batter before carefully placing into the hot oil. This can be done using tongs, or just carefully with your hands. Fry the curry-scented crisps for about 2 minutes each, or until they are crispy as all hell, and the potato is cooked through. Sprinkle with sea salt, and serve with lemon wedges and cold drinks. Be at one with the world.
These sound really yummy – and original! You should definitely post non-sweet recipes if they’re as delicious as this. Or just write about whatever you want because it’s your blog… like, sometimes I just want to write about my feelings in no relation whatsoever to food, and it’s cool. That’s what the internet is for.
I love your sentiment Katie! and you’re right, dammit! Let’s put whatever the hell we please out there! FREEDOM.
These look amazing – perfect the hot wether we’ve been having. Congratulations on entering the realm of savouries!
Thanks Ingrid! You’re right, hot weather + cold drink = salty snacks fo sho!
Hehe congratulations! You are too funny, you know I wasn’t sure what you were going to say for a minute there. These look really good, even for a deep frying phobic like me! :)
I know – I’m on a deep frying roll at the moment. Geddit. Deep frying roll. It’s not good! But these are too spicy and delicious for me to care!
These look delicious!! i hear ya on the branching out. With a name that has sugar in it, I wonder what people think when i post savory recipes!!
HAHA – well if anyone gives you grief about it, you know who to call!
this sure looks and sounds interesting!!
I say write about whatever you want! And these Indian spiced potato crisps sound so yummy that I don’t care what the name of you blog is, as long as I can get some of these in my belly!
Yummy! Love your indian inspired potato crisps and the use of nigella seeds here :)
Yum! I am definitely adding these to my “food cravings for when I am exam’ing” list : )