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March 20, 2009

HOME MADE LAYS CHIPS AND A CRUNCHY VEG SALAD

LAYS – Potato chips is loved by all , irrespective of ages.This has become one of the most important snacks during travel time.We used to make potato chips in weekends at home.Once I tried to bring the taste of lays by adding masala powders.It came out well with the  similar tasteThumbs-up.Some of us may be afraid of giving these packed chips to our kids because of Oil , MSG and the other spices used in it(Of course,I am afraid to give it to my kid:).Eating once in a while is not going to affect their health.But I've seen my uncle’s children finishing minimum of one packet daily:).So its better if it is home made , isn’t it?..

How you cook your potato chips depends on a number of different things: what equipment you have, how much time you want to take, and what kind of potato chips you like.
In general, deep-fried potato chips turn out crispier and more oily, while baked potato chips are often drier and crunchier. Microwave potato chips, while still good, are often made by people who want their potato chips quickly. So i’ve posted all the three methods.

Home made lays chips


Ingredients
  • Potato – 2  nos (medium)
  • Chat masala – 1/2 tsp (increase according to ur taste)
  • Red chilly powder – 1/4 tsp (-do-)
  • Amchoor powder /Dry mango powder– a pinch (optional)
  • Salt – as needed
  • Oil – To deep fry.
Preparation:
  • Wash your potatoes thoroughly with cold water and dry them with a paper towel.
  • Peel the potatoes using a potato peeler .
  • Cut the potatoes into thin slices using either a sharp kitchen knife or a vegetable slicer(i used one of the designed moulds in the slicer).
  • In a plate or bowl, mix the chat masala ,salt and red chilly powder together and set aside.
1.DEEP FRY METHOD:
  • Pour 2 cups of oil into a frying pan and heat it. 
  • Add a batch of potato slices at a time to frying pan and cook for 2 - 3 minutes or until the chips are firm and browned by flipping it in the middle(or until the bubbles get ceased).
  • Remove the chips from the frying pan and let them dry out on a paper towel. 
  • Now add the mixed powder to it when its hot.Shake the bowl well for even mixing(take care the chips should not break)
  • Repeat this process for all of the potato slices that you've cut. 
2.BAKED:
  • Coat the potato slices with oil by hand or with a sauce brush.
  • Sprinkle them with powder which we have kept ready. 
  • Pre-heat your oven to around 400 degrees F.
  • Place the potato chips on a baking tray (evenly spaced out). 
  • Bake the potato chips for 10 - 15 minutes or until they are golden brown and crispy.
  • Flip them over halfway through the baking. 
  • Take them out of the oven, let them cool off, and serve.
  • Sprinkle more powder if required.
3.MICROWAVE METHOD:


  • Coat the potato slices with oil by hand or with a sauce brush.
  • Sprinkle them with powder which we have kept ready. 
  • Spread out your potato slices in a layer on a large microwaveable plate.  potato chips mw
  • Cook on high for about 3 -5 minutes (or until your chips are properly browned)(time varies based on ur MW). 
  • Set them aside to cool and repeat the process for the rest of your potato slices. 
  • Sprinkle additional  masala powder if required. 
  • potato chips mw 2

    I’ve tried 1st & 3 rd method.2nd one yet to try,i took this method from a site.I would say ,MW method is the best among the two methods which I've tried ( donno about bake method) because it consumes very less oil and turns out more crispy and can be quickly prepared.The crispness remains the next day too.But if the quantity is more,u should do it in batches.

  • Note: Please increase the quantity of masala powders according to your taste buds and the number of potatoes u use!! I didn’t use Amchoor powder because chips become tangier!!

  • When i prepare this for my toddler, i add just a pinch of chat masala and salt , no chilly powder at all!!.

    CRUCHY VEG SALAD

    I learnt this recipe from my friend Shalini , who is very close to my heart and always there to share my joys & sorrows.We are friends from  our college days and is continuing now.Yes , she is also settled in Bangalore:).God has blessed me with such a nice friend :)
    I used to ask her for different snacks & side dishes .This snack brought me a good name from my husband and FIL.. She gave me the confidence to cook:)
    Now coming to the recipe,u all may be thinking how a salad could be crunchy  ?.yes,its a salad made with KURKURE.I think most of u do this in weekends;) Crunchy kurkure pieces in between the grated vegetables tastes excellent..:)
    Very simple ingredients and can be made in a jiffy.Tastes great and healthy too:)

    Kurkure salad

    Ingredients:
    • Kurkure – 1 small packet  ( Any flavor is ok) ( i used green rajasthani )
    • Grated carrot – 1 cup
    • Grated  big onion –3/4 cup
    • Grated beetroot – 1/2 cup (increase if u  like adding it more)
    • Lemon juice – few drops.
    • Coriander leaves – to garnish.
    • Salt ( Optional )
    Method:
    • Grate all the vegetables and keep aside.
    • Break the kurkure into small pieces in a bowl.
    ingredients!! kurkure pieces
    • Just before serving,mix all the grated veggies with broken kurkure pieces and add 2 –3 drops of lemon( Don’t add more,it will become bitter) in  a big vessel and mix it well.
    • Garnish with coriander leaves.
    • Transfer the contents to the serving bowl with a spoon!!.
    Tastes great with coffee/Tea!!


    KITCHEN CLINIC:
    POTATO:
    • Potatoes provide a very good source of potassium, niacin, vitamins B6 and C, fiber, and pantothenic acid.
    • Potatoes also provide a decent amount of protein.  Even though the protein content in potatoes is about the same as that in corn and rice, potatoes contain lysine, which is an essential amino acid that is usually not found in grains.
    •   Most of the nutrients, including the fiber, are found in the skins.  Boiled potatoes may be an effective
      treatment for skin wounds. 
    • Potatoes are filling, moderate in calories, and non-fattening, and are an excellent way to ensure your continued success in eating healthy.
    • Potatoes are nutrient-dense, meaning you receive many nutrients for the amount of calories they have. The fiber is half soluble, half insoluble, so it helps to keep you regular and helps to lower cholesterol. And slowing down digestion helps to keep you full longer.
    • Phytochemical in potatoes include flavonoids and a recently identified compound called kukoamine that appears to help lower blood pressure.
    • With the exception of vitamin A, white potatoes have just about every nutrient.
    • Did you know potatoes are full of vitamin C? However, since we do not eat potatoes raw, most of the vitamin C is lost due to the heat of cooking.
    • In addition, one baked potato offers about 20 percent of the daily recommended amount of vitamin B6, which is good news for your heart. They are also very high in potassium, beating other potassium-rich foods. They are a good source of iron and copper, too. In fact, a potato a day is good for your heart, promoting normal blood-pressure levels.
    • Nutritional Values for White Potato, Fresh, Baked (with Skin)
      Serving Size: 1 large baking potato (3-4") Calories  278 
      Fat  <1 g
      Saturated Fat  <1 g 
      Cholesterol  0 mg 
      Carbohydrate  63 g 
      Protein  6 g 
      Dietary Fiber  6 g 
      Sodium  21 mg
      Vitamin C  37 mg
      Thiamin  <1 mg 
      Niacin  5 mg 
      Vitamin B6  1 mg 
      Copper <1 mg 
      Iron 2 mg
      Magnesium  81 mg 
      Manganese  <1 mg 
      Phosphorus 224 mg  & Potassium  1,627 mg.
    ABOUT KURKURE:
    • To talk about the actual ingredients that makes up Kurkure, to start with I would like to clear a doubt that most of the readers on this blog may be having and that is there is “no plastic in Kurkure“?.
    • Kurkure is made of edible ingredients including rice meal, corn meal, gram meal, edible oil, seasoning, salt, spices and condiments and flavors. All these ingredients that I have mentioned here are also used by us in our day-to-day household cooking purposes as they are edible items used in every household kitchen.
    • The edible oil that is used for preparing Kurkure is the Rice Bran Oil. Rice Bran Oil is one of the healthier oils because it is naturally high in the good fats (MUFA and PUFA) and low in saturated fats. By cooking Kurkure in Rice Bran oil, the saturated fat gets reduced to up to 40%. This is one of the important points to note for as saturates are the ones to watch out for, as too much consumption of saturated fats can lead to increase in the blood cholesterol levels.
    • To sum up with, I would like to say that Kurkure is one of the safest and one of the healthiest snack that I have known and it is surely good for health.
    (Took this write-up from kurkure site , but i am not sure how far this is true;) )

  • 42 comments:

    1. love your kitchen clinic section great idea

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    2. Wow, crispy chips! I like the idea of baking and microwaving the chips, thanks for the wonderful idea Chitra :) Yummy salad too!

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    3. Loving the crunchy salad, chips are great too. Only Frito Lays I buy is plain lightly salted ones for Bisibele Bhath. We don't eat those as snacks, too salty for our liking! :)

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    4. Great idea to use microwave to make chips,will try it out today.

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    5. Thanku all for the quick comments:)

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    6. Thanku all for the quick comments:)

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    7. crispy chips with crunchy vegetables, nice combination;

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    8. i loved your post..they looks yummy and so crispy..

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    9. nice idea to use MW for making chips.. I love that kurkure salad looks very delicious

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    10. Wish i had those delicious crunchy home made chips.

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    11. Ur chips are spicy and crisp , I wish i could taste some.

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    12. Yummy...Lovely chips and crunchy salad Chitra....Nice idea to bake or MW...Nice post.

      You can send it to Cooking for kids-Potato event...its perfect for the event...Here r the details, if u r interested:

      http://deepaskitchen.blogspot.com/2009/02/announcing-cooking-for-kids-event.html

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    13. WIll much anytime those crunchy chips, love the salad too..u r just tempting us with ur delicious treats...

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    14. oh my god... u made lays chips? great.. looks just like store bought ones.. good job.

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    15. Healthy baking version..Nice idea chitra..recipe is looking simple..chips are looking competitive to store ones dear..Love your salad too..

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    16. Love both the crunchy salad and the chips! We love everything super crunchy and crispy at our house!

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    17. Thanks for the wonderful idea dear, hereafter I can make my own baked/ MW chips. Lovely presentation.

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    18. oh..they luk grt..exactly like lays Chitra..:)the salad is so colrful n healthy..:)
      Btw,My feed not updating in reader's page,so pls chck my new post n pick the award ..:)
      happy weekend dear..:)

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    19. Hey Chitra,

      Thanx a lot for ur encouragement.
      ur blog luks cool too.
      Will go thru all the posts.
      Keep visiting mine.

      Regards,
      Vidya

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    20. The cruchy salad looks so yumm, colud have that whole bowl..So colorful..

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    21. The chips look really crisp...I would definitely try baking them and the salad looks awesome and healthy...

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    22. Hi chitra, chips look yum n crisp. love the idea of baking ;-)

      i also used to make kurkure salad and stopped making it after all that plastic in kurkure rumour :) Guess i can go back to it :)

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    23. Chitra made the chips yesterday and came out very well.thanx for lays chips.My daughter just loved it,she said thanx aunty

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    24. Hi! I love your idea of putting in the nutritional info. And I make chips at home too - I've only tried the deep fried method, it's sinful but as long as it's once-in-a-while :)

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    25. Thanku all dearier for ur wonderful comments:) i am very happy.
      Thanks a lot varsha for passing me an award:)I feel great!!

      Thanks a lot varunavi for trying it immediately and for leaving the comments,So nice of u.My kisses to ur sweet daughter:)

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    26. oh!, it looks grt..can u send me a plate my children are drooling over it...looks so yummy will definitely try this...

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    27. Rice Bran Oil is the best oil to use for deep frying. It is great for homemade chips and they don't taste greasy.

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    28. I would have thought that baking would be the less-oily option so it's surprising that microwaving is actually better. Thanks so much for doing the research and testing for us (although I imagine it wasn't too difficult eating those delicious-looking chips!)

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    29. potato chips in MW is a nice idea. I have to try this. Thanks Chitra! Kurkure in salad is interesting. I tasted kurkure only once, and loved it.

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    30. lot of hard work, but paid off...chips looks perfect.

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    31. i love lays chips and love kurkure also!! the salad really looks very crunchy and delish!

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    32. These chips look perfect....and the salad sounds delicious...

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    33. Chips looks just perfect.....bookmarked the recipe..thanks for sharing

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    34. A good recipe for children especially,they are so yummy to look at,its mouth watering..

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    35. So much better than the store bought ones!Nice and new kukure salad!

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      recipe tips many people gets advantage. Regards, Veg Crispy

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