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March 20, 2009


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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 taste. 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 homemade , 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.

  • 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!!.


    I learnt this recipe from my best 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, you all may be thinking how a salad could be crunchy  ?.yes, its a salad made with KURKURE. I think most of you 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

    • 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 you like adding it more)
    • Lemon juice – few drops.
    • Coriander leaves – to garnish.
    • Salt ( Optional )
    • 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!!

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    chow and chatter said...

    love your kitchen clinic section great idea

    Gita Jaishankar said...

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

    FH said...

    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! :)

    Saritha said...

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

    Chitra said...

    Thanku all for the quick comments:)

    Chitra said...

    Thanku all for the quick comments:)

    gtyuk said...

    crispy chips with crunchy vegetables, nice combination;

    Shama Nagarajan said...

    yummy ones

    Unknown said...

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

    Trupti said...

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

    Finla said...

    Wish i had those delicious crunchy home made chips.

    Cham said...

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

    Deepa Hari said...

    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:

    Priya Suresh said...

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

    Mahimaa's kitchen said...

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

    Pooja said...

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

    Anonymous said...

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

    Vikis Kitchen said...

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

    Varsha Vipins said...

    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..:)

    Sree vidya said...

    Hey Chitra,

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


    Ashwini said...

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

    Poornima Nair said...

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

    Vibaas said...

    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 :)

    Saritha said...

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

    Unknown said...

    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 :)

    Chitra said...

    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:)

    Myvegfare said...

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

    Anonymous said...

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

    Tangled Noodle said...

    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!)

    Uma said...

    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.

    Malar Gandhi said...

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

    Chitra said...

    Thanku all frnds :)

    Chitra said...

    Thanku all frnds :)

    Manju said...

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

    phanitha said...

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

    Indian Khana said...

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

    Lakshmi ...Rasoi ki Malkin..northern and southern spices said...

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

    Recipeswap said...

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

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    shareonl said...

    its really yammumy,the instruction given by you is quite husband will be very impressed if i make cruchy veg salad.
    you can also share you recipe at

    Chitra said...

    Thank you 😀