Baked Sweet Potato Fries

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    One thing I have noticed is that in US, almost every other snack that is readily available is sweet in taste. Indians are just so used to all the spices and salt that the sweetness does get to you at times. Especially for snacking, or for tea time, I would like to munch on a salty snack but the options here are very limited. And so in order to make a healthy and salty snack, I made these sweet potato fries. They are baked and not fried and hence you won’t mind munching on them.

    The first time I tasted sweet potato fries was in US, in fact I had never heard about it back home in India. To my surprise, I loved them. They were delicious but of course the ones I had were fried and I can’t snack on them all the time. But the baked version of the fries can very well be your guilt free snack.

    The preparation time is hardly 10 minutes. Wash and chop the sweet potatoes , try and keep all the fries of equal shape and size. Now you can either toss them in a bowl or put them in a zip lock bag, sprinkle the cornstarch and shake shake shake! All the fries will be evenly coated with corn starch. Then add spices, oil and repeat the process.

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    Using cornstarch is recommend because it helps in making the fries crispy. But I will be honest, these can never be as crispy as the fries that are fried in oil. But you can do few things to make them crispier:

    1. Add cornstarch to the fries.

    2. After the fries are baked, switch off the oven and let them sit in the oven for an hour. They get crispier with time if left in the oven.

    So here’s how you can make this healthy snack.

     

    Serves: 1

    Ingredients

    Sweet Potato: 1 per person

    Cornstarch: 2 tsp per sweet potato

    Olive oil: 1/2 tbsp per potato, just enough to lightly coat the potatoes

    Spices: 1/2-1 tsp of anything you like – garlic, chaat masala, cayenne, cinnamon-sugar etc.

     

    Method

    Preheat oven to 400 F degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.

    1. Wash, peel and cut the sweet potato into thin slices. Try to keep all the slices of equal size and shape so that they take same amount of time to bake.

    2. Put the slices in a zip lock or in a bowl and add cornstarch. Toss so that potato slices are nicely covered with cornstarch.

    3. Add spices, oil and toss the potato slices again.

    4. Place the sweet potatoes on the baking tray. Leave little spaces in between as you line them on the baking tray.

    5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, flipping them once in between.

     

    Enjoy the fries with ketchup or as it is.

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    * You can use any seasoning of your choice. If you want sweet fries, add cinnamon-sugar or vanilla-sugar. For savory fries, use paprika, cumin, garlic, chaat masala etc.

    * Always coat the fries with cornstarch first and then add in the oil. If you do the other way round, the potato slices would appear all white and will be sticky too.

    * Do not crowd the fries on the baking tray. One potato per baking sheet should be good enough.

    Baked Sweet Potato Fries

    A healthy snack, these sweet potato fries are easy to prepare and you can munch on them without any guilt.
    Course Snack
    Calories: 188 kcal
    Author: Manali
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    Ingredients

    • 1 sweet potato
    • 2 teaspoon cornstarch
    • ½ tbsp olive oil
    • Spices: 1/2-1 tsp of anything you like - garlic, chaat masala, cayenne, cinnamon-sugar etc.

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
    2. Wash, peel and cut the sweet potato into thin slices. Try to keep all the slices of equal size and shape so that they take same amount of time to bake.
    3. Put the slices in a zip lock or in a bowl and add cornstarch. Toss so that potato slices are nicely covered with cornstarch.
    4. Add spices, oil and toss the potato slices again.
    5. Place the sweet potatoes on the baking tray. Leave little spaces in between as you line them on the baking tray.
    6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, flipping them once in between.
    Nutrition Facts
    Baked Sweet Potato Fries
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 188 Calories from Fat 63
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 7g 11%
    Sodium 72mg 3%
    Potassium 438mg 13%
    Total Carbohydrates 29g 10%
    Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
    Sugars 5g
    Protein 2g 4%
    Vitamin A 368.9%
    Vitamin C 3.8%
    Calcium 3.9%
    Iron 4.4%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

     

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