Batata Harra is a lovely Middle Eastern dish that you must try!
Do you prepare a three-course menu when you invite friends over for lunch or dinner or do you skip starters and focus on the main dish instead? For me, starters are the main part of my cuisine and I always prepare a few for the following reasons:
- Starters keep my invitees occupied while waiting for the main dish.
- Starters fill the table and make it look more appealing.
- Specific menus cannot go without starters, such as the Middle Eastern and the Russian cuisines.
- Starters are super delicious and make any gathering a success!
MIDDLE EASTERN CUISINE
One of my favourite Middle Eastern dishes that I usually get when I eat out at Middle Eastern restaurants is Batata Harra, which literally translates from Arabic into (hot potatoes). Nowadays, not only I get it while dining out but I learned how to prepare it myself. It turned out to be very easy to make and the homemade one tastes as good as the one that I order in restaurants. It only takes 30 minutes to prepare and should be served warm.
If you look on the internet, you will find many different versions of this dish. But this recipe that I’m sharing with you today is actually the original recipe that you will see on a dinner table in a Middle Eastern house. It is lightly fried with the coriander and spices, and the result is mouthwatering!
These award winning potatoes are very versatile, they’re suitable to make a creamy mash, to be boiled, steamed or baked. I use Rooster potatoes to make different dishes, that I will be soon sharing you on my blog. But seriously, these potatoes taste as great as they look!
Albert Bartlett is a British family owned company that are offering a lovely range of UK grown potatoes since 1948.
Sadly, some people have an idea of potatoes being “unhealthy” and “fattening”, which led into consumers eating less potatoes or eliminating them all together. But truth is, potatoes are the real superfood, they contain no fat, are rich in potassium, fiber, magnesium and vitamin B6. Potatoes are nutritious, delicious and versatile.
I’m sure once you try this recipe, it will become a regular on your menu too. If you decide to make this recipe, please share a picture and tag #LittleSunnyKitchen as I would love to see your creations!
Batata Harra (Hot Potatoes)
Middle Eastern potato dish that's usually served as a starter.
- 1 kg potatoes
- 2 bunches fresh coriander can be substituted with 1 tsp dry coriander
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1/2 tsp mild paprika
- 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- frying oil
Start with washing the potatoes, peeling them and cutting into medium-sized cubes.
Fry the cubed potatoes until they change their colour and become crispy, then set aside.
Wash and chop fresh coriander.
Mash garlic cloves and fry along with fresh coriander for about two minutes.
Add juice of half a lemon, salt and paprika.
Pour the sauce over fried potatoes, mix and serve.
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