Potato 65 (Restaurant Style Recipe + Video)

Potato 65 is a south Indian spicy starter, prepared with deep-fried battered potato cubes flavoured with red chillies, curry leaves and tossed in yogurt-based sauce. This is a perfect crowd-pleasing appetiser that makes a great addition to any party menu.

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This scrumptious dish is usually served as a starter but it goes well as a side dish with chapati and mildly flavoured rice such as Jeera Rice, Lemon Rice, Coconut Rice. The simple and appetising aloo 65 makes a perfect party dish and to take for potlucks or game day events. Next time you plan a family gathering or any feast serve this dish to your guest and see how it disappears in a flash!

Story behind the name 65

This is an adapted recipe of chicken 65 for vegetarians. Funny name, great taste Chicken 65 has an interesting history of its origin,  some say the dish has derived its name from being item number 65 on the menu of an army canteen in Chennai. Some claim the dish was introduced by Buhari hotel in 1965, so named after the year of introduction. Regardless of the history chicken 65 became very popular along with Potato 65, Gobi 65, Paneer 65.   Although there are many variations to this recipe, I have shared the Indian restaurant style recipe here.

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Ingredients

For Battered Potato

Potato: 1 cup, peeled and cut into cubes

Corn flour: 1/3 cup

Plain flour: 2 tbsp

Kashmiri red chilli powder: 1/4 tsp

Oil: for deep frying

Water: 1/3 cup

Salt: as required

For seasoning

Oil: 3 tbsp

Cumin seeds: 1 tsp

Garlic: 1 tsp, finely chopped

Red chillies: 2, broken

Kashmiri red chilli powder: 1 tsp

Curry Leaves: few

Yogurt: 4 tbsp

Coriander: handful, chopped

Salt: as required

Instructions

In a wide bowl add cornflour, plain flour, salt, Kashmiri chilli powder.

Combine water and whisk well until you get a smooth and lump-free batter.

Add potato cubes and coat with the batter.

process of making a batter with flours and chilli powder in a black bowl.

Heat oil in deep kadai, fry battered potato cubes until crisp and light golden colour.

Remove the fried potatoes and drain over a kitchen towel.

process of deep frying battered potatoes in oil.

To make yogurt-based sauce, heat oil in a pan and saute cumin, red chillies, curry leaves, garlic.

Add yogurt, chilli powder and stir until well combined.

process of making a yogurt based sauce for potato 65.

Toss fried potato cubes and coriander until well coated with the sauce.

final process of making potato 65.

Enjoy delicious potato 65 on its own or pair with flatbread or any mildly flavoured rice such as

Notes

Kashmiri red chilli powder gives a nice and bright colour to the dish. It is not necessary to use artificial colouring agent. Adjust red chillies and chilli powder as per your preferred spice levels. I have used only kashmiri chilli powder that is not so HOT but imparts vibrant colour and the spice levels of this dish is absolutely perfect for my family. If you prefer your dish to be little spicy, add little hot variety chilli powder or a couple of chopped green chillies.

Allow cumin to crackle before you add the rest of the ingredients.

Based on the quality of the flour, you may need little less or more water than mentioned here. Add little water at a time and work through to make a smooth batter. Ensure the batter is neither too runny nor too thick.

Add finely chopped onions in seasoning for added flavour (I just forgot to add in the video!).

More evening snacks recipes:

Pineapple Stuffed Paneer Tikka

Bread Vada

Masala Corn

Honey Garlic Cauliflower

Peanut Chaat

Curry Puffs

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Potato 65

Potato 65 is a spicy, deep-fried battered potato cubes flavoured with red chilies, curry leaves and tossed in yogurt-based sauce.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 3

Ingredients

1 cup = 250ml ; 1 tbsp = 15ml

    For battered potato

    • 1 cup Potato peeled, cut into cubes
    • 1/3 cup Corn Flour
    • 2 tbsp Plain Flour
    • 1/4 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
    • Oil for deep frying
    • As required Salt
    • 1/3 cup Water

    For seasoning

    • 3 tbsp Oil
    • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
    • 1 tsp Garlic finely chopped
    • 2 Red Chillies broken
    • 1/2 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
    • Few Curry Leaves
    • 4 tbsp Yogurt
    • handful Coriander chopped
    • As required Salt

    Instructions

    • In a bowl add cornflour, plain flour, salt, kashmiri chilli powder, water and mix well to make a medium thick batter. 
    • Heat oil in a pan, once hot dip potatoes in batter and deep fry.
    • Stir occasionally and turn once or twice for even browning.
    • Fry until battered potatoes turn crisp, drain over kitchen towel.
    • For seasoning, in a second pan heat 2 tbsp of oil on medium flame, once hot add cumin seeds and allow it to crackle.
    • Now add red chillies followed by curry leaves, garlic. Sauté for a minute or until red chillies release a strong aroma.
    • Reduce the flame to low setting, add yoghurt, kashmiri red chilli powder mix well  and cook for couple of minutes or until all the spices blends with yogurt.
    • Now add salt, fried potatoes toss well until potatoes are well coated with yogurt based sauce.
    • Finally add coriander, toss it and turn off the flame.
    • Hot, spicy and delicious Potato 65 is ready to relish.....

    Video

    Notes

    Kashmiri red chilli powder gives a nice and bright colour to the dish. It is not necessary to use artificial colouring agent. Adjust red chillies and chilli powder as per your preferred spice levels. I have used only kashmiri chilli powder that is not so HOT but imparts vibrant colour and the spice levels of this dish is absolutely perfect for my family. If you prefer your dish to be little spicy, add little hot variety chilli powder or couple of chopped green chillies.
    Adjust red chillies and chilli powder as per your preferred spice levels.
    Allow cumin to crackle before adding rest of the ingredients.
    Add finely chopped onions in seasoning for added flavour (I  just forgot to add in the video).
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