1teaspoonKashmiri red chili powderit is mild and not hot
Scrub the potatoes well. You can peel the skin if you want, I don't peel the skin since I like the texture of the fries with the skin on. Using a mandoline slicer, cut each potato into 3/8 inch wide slices lengthwise. If you don't have a mandoline slicer, just use a knife. Then cut each of these pieces into thin slices using a knife- 1/4 inch thickness wide and around 4 inches in length.
Take a large bowl filled with water and add all the cut slices into the water. Soak them for 15 to 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, drain the water using a colander.
Transfer all the slices to a clean kitchen towel.Dry the slices thoroughly, rubbing them with kitchen towel. Meanwhile pre-heat your air fryer at 380 F degrees for 2 minutes.
Then transfer the slices to a bowl and add 1.5 tablespoons olive oil. Then add 3/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste), 1/4 teaspoon chaat masala, 1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper powder. You can adjust spices levels to taste.
Using your fingers, mix until everything is well combined and all the slices are well coated with the seasoning.
Transfer the slices in a single layer into your pre-heated air fryer. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may have to air fry in batches. Do not layer the slices, place in a single layer only. I air fried in 2 batches.
Air fry at 380 F degrees for 20 minutes, shake the air fryer basket once in between. Check at 15 minute mark and cook more as needed. It takes me 20 minutes, it may take you more or less. If they aren't crispy at the edges even after 20 minutes, air fry for few more minutes. Sir fry the second batch similarly. Transfer to serving plate, sprinkle cilantro and serve immediately.
Please read all the tips mentioned in the post if you have never made fries in your air fryer before.
Time for air frying may vary depending on the model of the air fryer. I would keep an eye after 15 minutes and cook more if edges aren't crispy.
Total time does not include the time for soaking the potatoes, which is around 15 to 20 minutes.