Batata Harra is a lovely Middle Eastern appetiser that you must try! Made with potatoes, coriander, garlic, paprika, lemon and salt.
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!
Sadly, some people have an idea of potatoes being “unhealthy” and “fattening”, which led to consumers eating fewer potatoes or eliminating them altogether. But truth is, potatoes are the real superfood, they contain no fat, are rich in potassium, fibre, magnesium and vitamin B6. Potatoes are nutritious, delicious and versatile.
I hope that you love this recipe as much as I do, and don’t forget to check out more of my Middle Eastern Recipes.
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Batata Harra (Hot Potatoes)
- 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.