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Air-Fryer Batata Harra

Air-Fryer Batata Harra
  • Prep Time
    10 mins.
  • Cook Time
    30 mins.
  • Serving
    4
Batata Harra which translates to “Spicy Potatoes,” is a very popular Lebanese mezze. Air-fried crispy potato cubes are tossed with fresh cilantro, crushed garlic, and a kick of spice for a delicious appetizer.
Air-Fryer Batata Harra

This dish is quite popular throughout the Middle East, found on every restaurant menu especially all over Lebanon. The ingredients are for Batata Harra are very basic and cheap to purchase so, as a result, it became a popular dish in the villages of Lebanon. These potatoes make the perfect side dish to grilled meats or fried fish.

Air-Fryer Batata Harra

How to make Air-fryer Batata Harra

The traditional way of cooking the potatoes for Batata Harra is to deep-fry them. I, however, am not a fan of deep frying mostly for convenience reasons. Aside from it being just so much easier to cook them in my favorite appliance, the air-fryer, the cleanup is also much faster than deep frying. It is also much healthier, so that’s always a plus as well.

After cooking the potatoes, the dish comes together in just five minutes. In a large skillet, you want to saute crushed garlic in a little bit of oil. The next step is to add the spice. Red pepper flakes work wonderfully, as does Aleppo or chili pepper if you want a more moderate heat level. If you want them extra spicy, use fresh crushed chili peppers.

After sauteing the pepper with the garlic for like 30 seconds, you want to add the chopped cilantro and saute for about 2 minutes. You don’t want the cilantro to get too dark or crispy. Lastly, add the cooked crispy potatoes and toss together over the heat for just few more minutes. Finish the dish with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and serve hot.

Tips for crispy potatoes in an Air-fryer

1. Use russet potatoes as they will hold their shape better.

2. Soak the potato cubes in cold water for at least 15 minutes. After draining the water, pat the potatoes dry using paper towels.

3. Toss the potatoes in a neutral oil (vegetable, avocado..etc).

4. Make sure to shake the air-fryer every 5-6 minutes to get crispy potatoes all around.

STEP 1

Peel and wash the potatoes.

Air-Fryer Batata Harra

Dice them into small cubes, a little less than 1 inch in size. Soak in cold water for 15 minutes.

Drain the water and pat the potatoes dry with paper towels.

STEP 2

Toss the potato cubes with 2 tablespoons vegetable oil and 1 teaspoon of salt.

Empty into air-fryer basket and cook on 390F for 25-30 minutes. Make sure to shake the basket every 5-6 minutes to cook evenly.
Air-Fryer Batata Harra

STEP 3

Chop the fresh cilantro and crush the garlic using a mortar and pestle.

STEP 4

In a large skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Sauté the crushed garlic for 2 minutes on medium heat.
Air-Fryer Batata Harra

Add the Aleppo pepper (or pepper of your choice) and sauté for 30 seconds before adding the cilantro. Sauté for 2-3 minutes.

Air-Fryer Batata Harra

STEP 5

Add the cooked potatoes and toss together over the heat for 2 more minutes. Season with more salt if needed.

Air-Fryer Batata Harra

Lastly, finish the dish with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice over the potatoes. 

Air-Fryer Batata Harra

Serve hot. Enjoy!

Air-Fryer Batata Harra
Air-Fryer Batata Harra

Air-Fryer Batata Harra

Batata Harra which translates to “Spicy Potatoes,” is a very popular Lebanese mezze. Air-fried crispy potato cubes are tossed with fresh cilantro, crushed garlic, and a kick of spice for a delicious appetizer.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Lebanese
Diet: Vegetarian
Keyword: Air-Fryer, Batata Harra, Lebanese spicy potatoes, mezze, spicy potatoes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 341kcal
Author: Iman

Ingredients

  • 5 Russet Potatoes
  • 8 Cloves of Garlic
  • ½ bunch Cilantro
  • ¼ cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Aleppo Pepper (red pepper flakes, or fresh chopped chillis)
  • 1 tb. Lemon Juice

Instructions

  • Peel and wash the potatoes. Dice them into small cubes, a little less than 1 inch in size. Soak in cold water for 15 minutes.
    Drain the water and pat the potatoes dry with paper towels.
  • Toss the potato cubes with 2 tablespoons vegetable oil and 1 teaspoon of salt.
    Empty into air-fryer basket and cook on 390F for 25-30 minutes. Make sure to shake the basket every 5-6 minutes to cook evenly.
  • Chop the fresh cilantro and crush the garlic using a mortar and pestle.
  • In a large skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Sauté the crushed garlic for 2 minutes on medium heat.
    Add the Aleppo pepper (or pepper of your choice) and sauté for 30 seconds before adding the cilantro. Sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the cooked potatoes and toss together over the heat for 2 more minutes. Season with more salt if needed. Lastly, finish the dish with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice over the potatoes. Serve hot.

Nutrition

Calories: 341kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 513mg | Potassium: 1167mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 436IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 3mg

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