Potato Spiral is a street food that originated in South Korea. They are also called tornado potatoes, twist potatoes, or tornado fries. It is a simple, quick, and easy-to-make veg recipe.
This idea was initially developed by Jeong Eun Suk of Agricultural Hoeori Inc. It consists of deep-fried potatoes cut into a spiral on a skewer. Also, the potato is brushed with various seasonings.
A new way to represent the potato. Potato Spiral is crackling in your mouth with all kinds of masala taste and crunchiness. It is a famous and ongoing trend street recipe that especially teens and kids enjoy the most. It is popular in the United States.
The presentation is unique & urban style. Potatoes are cut in curls and injected with skewers. It’s looking fascinating & of course, we love such foods. You are sure to get tempted with the looks themselves!
Fried foods are our guilty pleasure and sometimes a comfort food as well. Sometimes you feel down or feeling low; this can cheer you up.
You can make a Potato spiral with various tastes like peri-peri (for the spicy flavour), Chinese seasoning, onions, honey, BBQ, or cheese (for making it cheesy pop in). Sometimes you can also find this sliced with sausages in between.
With not much effort, unique and youth style – I think we all love this recipe. Potato is a fantastic vegetable to give a spark to your tastebuds. It is somewhat similar to baked potatoes, minus the way of cutting and baking.
Ingredients For Potato Spiral
The list of ingredients is short since it is a simple and easy-to-make recipe. And all of the ingredients are available throughout the year.
- Potatoes – The star of the recipe. How are you going to make the recipe without our main ingredient? You can choose potatoes of any size. It won’t make a difference.
- All-Purpose Flour & Corn-Flour – Both of these will make the base of the batter. It will add to the crispiness of the spiral. If you need it extra crispy, then use a little bit of rice flour.
- Salt & Pepper – The all-time favourite seasoning. You can not just do without this.
- Chaat Masala – We will be sprinkling it over the spirals once they are ready. It will add more fun to the dish.
- Mayonnaise – We will use it as a dressing. You can go by with ketchup if you do not like mayonnaise.
- Oil – This is plainly to deep-fry the spiral. You can use whatever type you prefer.
- Water – We use it to make the batter. Use enough to make the batter thin.
Preparation of Potato Spiral
This recipe is straightforward—no need to have special skills or knowledge of any techniques here.
The only thing you need to be careful about is cutting them in a spiral. It will require a bit of practice. So you need to keep your calm and be patient. Do not rush this process.
The first one will be harder, but you’ll gradually be getting good at it. Take your time with this, or else you will get the potatoes or, worse, your hand cut. Just take it slow.
And do not worry if they are not cut equally. It can be as irregular. That won’t change anything. Maybe the cooking time if they are cut too thick. We will also not be removing the skin.
Now, generally, the street vendors do this with a machine. But of course, you won’t have that privilege. Therefore, to make this more straightforward majority of times, people use skewers. Insert the potato on the skewers and then cut them. If you are using bamboo skewers, soak them beforehand.
Once this step is over, we will make the batter. Mix all-purpose flour, cornflour, salt, black pepper, and water in a bowl to make the batter coat the spirals. That is all we are using in the batter.
If you feel it is not enough, you can add paprika or red chilli powder or any other spice you want. (I suggest being lenient on the chilli powder if you are into spice. It is a personal favourite). After you are done making the batter, coat the spirals thoroughly with this batter.
And now, for the last part, heat the pan with oil. We need to fry them on a high flame. Place them carefully in the pan once the oil is hot enough. Fry them till they turn golden brown. If you fry them on a medium flame and cook some more time, it will be crispier.
If the centre part of the potatoes is still raw, pour the bot oil over it using a spoon.
Potato spirals are ready to eat. Sprinkle some chaat masala and drop mayonnaise to enjoy it.
Make it on Sundays with tea time with your friends and enjoy the skewers game together.
Variations For Potato Spiral:
Since potatoes are a very versatile vegetable, this makes it easier to experiment with the flavours for this recipe endlessly.
If you do not want to coat it in a batter, then you have another option. Coat the spirals thoroughly with melted butter and then sprinkle the seasoning mix on them. Rub the mixture properly on the potatoes. Just cover the potatoes with the ingredients from all the sides. Then keep it to fry, or you can even grill them.
If you are health conscious or don’t fancy fried snacks, you can also bake them. The ideal settings for it will be between 325 to 350 C. The cooking time will be around 30-45 minutes, depending on the heat. Of course, you can pre-heat the oven if you want to lessen the time.
All these aspects make this a highly adjustable and versatile recipe.
- Make sure to scrub the potatoes and dry them off nicely since we are not peeling them.
- A pairing knife will make the task of cutting the potatoes easier.
- You can use any seasoning in this recipe. You can even coat it in melted cheese with seasoning.
- It will taste best with ketchup, ranch dressing, salsa dip, schezwan sauce, or anything you like.
- You can make the dry seasoning mix with shredded parmesan and spices together—no need to add flour for it.
- Likewise, you can coat the potatoes with spices mixed in butter and mayonnaise. Add garlic powder as well if you prefer.