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Gunpowder potatoes are India's super tasty, spicy answer to chili cheese fries.
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gunpowder potatoes

Gunpowder potatoes are a riff on aloo chaat. They make a great starter or a fantastic accompaniment to tandoori chicken.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: side
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: gunpowder potatoes, indian potatoes
Servings: 1 lb
Calories: 730kcal
Author: romain | glebekitchen



  • 1 lb small new potatoes
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice - about 1/2 of one lime
  • 1 tsp kashmiri chili powder
  • 1 tsp chaat masala
  • 1/2 tsp kasoor methi - dried fenugreek
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pinch cumin seeds
  • 1 green chili minced
  • small handful of cilantro
  • handful of diced green onions or chives

Mint raita

  • 3 Tbsp greek yoghurt
  • 1 green onion finely chopped. Can substitute 1 Tbsp minced chives
  • 1 Tbsp cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 tsp mint sauce
  • 1 Tbsp milk (optional) to thin the yoghurt if needed


Mint raita

  • Combine all the ingredients except the milk. Add the milk a tiny bit at a time until you get to the texture of regular yoghurt.

Gunpowder potatoes

  • Boil the whole new potatoes until tender - 15 - 20 minutes
  • Let potatoes cool enough to handle.
  • Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise and toss with vegetable oil.
  • Skewer the potatoes (not essential but it makes grilling way easier) and grill, over medium direct heat until golden brown - around 8-10 minutes. They are already cooked so all you want to do is brown and crisp them.
  • Crumble the kasoor methi between your fingers. Combine the chaat masala, kashmiri chili powder, salt and kasoor methi. Put them in a shaker if you have one. That's what they do in restaurants.
  • Melt the butter.
  • Toss the potatoes with the butter, lime juice, cilantro, green chili, cumin seed and green onions or chives.
  • Sprinkle with the spice mix to taste and toss to combine. You won't need all of the spice mix. Add a bit less than half to start and then keep adding it until you get to where you want to be.
  • Serve with more lime and the mint raita.


Mint sauce is not mint jelly. You could also use 1 tsp fresh mint with a pinch of sugar. Don't use mint jelly.


Serving: 1lb | Calories: 730kcal | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 1790mg | Potassium: 1962mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2100IU | Vitamin C: 101.5mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 4mg