Crispy middle-eastern seed and spice potatoes

You'll never go back to plain potatoes.

  • 55 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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Potatoes coated in Middle Eastern spices and seeds with a tough of lemon then fried until deliciously crispy. You'll never go back to plain potatoes.
Looking for more Middle Eastern recipes?
This and more fabulous Middle Eastern recipes can be found in The Australian Womens Weekly Middle Eastern cookbook.


  • 1.6 kg brushed potatoes, scrubbed, unpeeled, cut into 4cm chunks
  • 1 medium bulb garlic, cloves separated, unpeeled
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons white sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons black sesame seeds
  • 3 teaspoons sea salt flakes
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dried chilli flakes
  • 1.5 litres (6 cups) vegetable oil, for deep-frying
  • ½ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped finely
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind


  • 1
    Place potatoes and garlic in a large saucepan with enough cold salted water to cover; bring to the boil, covered, over high heat. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until tender and skin is just starting to loosen.
  • 2
    Drain in a colander. Remove garlic; peel away skin, discard skin. Stand potatoes for 5 minutes to steam dry. Toss potatoes in the colander a few times to roughen the edges slightly.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, toast the seeds in a medium frying pan over medium heat for 6 minutes, stirring often, or until fragrant. Transfer to a mortar and pestle; cool for 5 minutes. Pound until coarsely ground. Stir in salt, paprika and chilli flakes.
  • 4
    Heat oil in a deep heavy-based saucepan over medium heat until it reaches 180°C (or until a cube of bread turns brown in 30 seconds). Cook potatoes and garlic, in batches, turning halfway through, for 10 minutes, removing garlic after 3 minutes or until very golden and crisp.
  • 5
    Remove garlic and potatoes with a slotted spoon to a large bowl. Add seed mixture, parsley and lemon rind; toss gently to combine.

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