Sunday, May 31, 2015

Spicy Potatoes بطاطا حاره : A quick dinner/ supper fix

I always get confused when referring to lunch and dinner. Here in the middle east we have a slightly different meal configuration. We have breakfast around 8-10 a.m,  then we eat lunch around 2 o'clock. But it's actually the biggest meal of the day, much like dinner in the U.S.

 We have afternoon tea and snack and then we eat dinner around 8-10 p.m which is more like a lunch meal in the U.S.  So I  always get hesitant to call our lunch "lunch" because people will get the idea of a quick light meal when it's actually more like "dinner". And sometimes I want to call our dinner "dinner" but I am afraid  people well think it's a heavy fulfilling meal when it's more like lunch.

So you could see my confusion here. Sometimes I just call dinner "supper" except that it's not a late night meal.  My kids love Batata Harrah  for dinner / supper because it is quick, it comes out really fast and easy and it is full of flavor. They actually prefer my recipe to the one served at Lebanese restaurants which is where this popular side dish comes from.

So how do your meals look like throughout the day where you live? Let me know..I am very curious.

Spicy fried pototatos (batata harrah)

4 medium size potatoes ( ~ 500 grams) peeled and cut into small cubes
oil for frying
2 Tbs olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper
2 Tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 tsp tomatoe paste
a handful of fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

- In a medium saucepan heat oil over medium/high heat. Fry potatoes  until golden and cooked. Take potatos out of the oil and salt them.

- In another medium sacue pan heat olive oil over medium heat. Add crushed garlic and saute for a few seconds, don't let them get brown. Add paprika , crushed red pepper, lemon juice tomatoe paste and cilantro. Stir well and take out of the heat.

- Immediantly add fried potatos to the sauce, toss to coat all potatoes in sauce and serve.


  1. How long do you cook the sauce before taking it off the heat?

    1. Hi Mary...Not for long actually. Just as soon as ingredients get together well take it out of the heat..maybe 2-3 minutes.