Potato Fingers

By: Manjula Jain

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Potato Fingers

Potato Fingers

Potato Fingers are deep fried potato sticks that are sure to make a splash at the next party. Its a great vegetarian appetizer for starters and can be a nice snack to munch on during the whole day.

Potato Fingers


  • 1 cup mashed potatoes (microwave 4 medium potatoes for approx. 15 minutes, then peel and mash until smooth. Save the peels for garnishing)
  • 1 cup white poppy seeds (from Indian grocery store)
  • 1 tbs arrowroot flour
  • 1 tbs cooking oil (e.g. sunflower oil)
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp red chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 3 cups of cooking oil for frying


  • In a large mixing bowl, add mashed potatoes, Arrow root flour, curry powder, brown sugar, salt, red chili powder, baking soda, and 1 tbs oil. Combine thoroughly until the mixture becomes dough.
  • On a flat surface, sprinkle some poppy seeds. Take approx. 1 ½ tsp dough and mold it into the shape of a finger (or any shape desired). Gently roll the fingers one at a time over the poppy seeds.
  • In a 10” stir fry pan, heat 3 cups of cooking oil over medium heat. Drop the fingers into the hot oil one at a time (a few seconds apart to give them time to build a crust and avoid sticking together). Deep fry until golden brown.
  • Stack in cups and place them on a tray or plate, which you can garnish with fried potato peels. Serve warm.


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