Masala chips/Kenyan masala fries

Kenyan masala chips are french fries with a coating of spicy, tomato sauce. I enjoyed this dish when I lived in Kenya. This is a unique Kenyan dish that I have not come across anywhere else. In Nairobi we lived near a mall with a fast food joint called “Slush” where they serve lovely Indian-East African fusion dishes. We used to frequent that spot very often. They make hot masala chips on order and serve them hot as we wait patiently inhaling the aroma.

Kenyan Masala Chips I took my children there whenever we go shopping. It was such a joy for the kids to pick up goopy, tomato-ey “chips” smothered in spice with their fingers and eat them while howling and giggling as the steam came off them! It is the favourite dish of our whole family especially our kids. This recipe is a good twist on Canadian poutine if you feel inclined to smother your fries with something spicy.

There are many fond memories of the past attached to Masala chips. This dish is stuck in our mind and we recollect and talk about it, including the incidents and places where we had it. I recreate it at home when I think of those pleasant days.

Masala chipsYou can use frozen fries from a supermarket bag or make your own fries and coat them with masala. I have a recipe for homemade fries here (garlicky-oven-fries). In this recipe, I used frozen shoe string fries and baked them. Adding some chopped vegetables made it extra nutritious.


  • 500 grams frozen potato fries
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil+ some for baking
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables (peas, mushroom, carrot, corn etc)
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 tbsp crushed garlic
  • 1/2 cup crushed tomato
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 /2 a lemon
  1. Grease a baking tray with oil and spread fries in a single layer and spray oil on it.
  2. Bake frozen fries in a preheated oven at 350° F for 25 minutes until it turns golden brown.
  3. Heat vegetable oil in a pan and add chopped onion.
  4. When onion turns translucent add crushed garlic and fry.
  5. Add crushed tomato and stir till it cooks.
  6. When oil starts separating add chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, tomato paste, tomato ketchup, salt and mix well to heat it throughly.
  7. Sprinkle some water to get a wet sauce.
  8. Toss the baked fries in it and coat with the sauce mixture.
  9. Squeeze lemon juice on masala chips and stir well.
  10. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve steaming hot.

These fries tossed in a spicy sauce and finished off with tangy fresh lemon is finger-licking good. Masala fries are excellent with barbequed meat or anytime when you fell hungry. It can be an excellent evening snack too.

French fries in masalaSpicy, saucy fries have an irresistible flavor and taste. Enjoy!

I am taking this to Fiesta Friday #68 as I love to join the big group of merrymakers there. This fries would spice up the party hosted by Angie and co-hosted by Justine and Jhuls this week.


About coconutcraze

I'm obsessed with coconuts!
This entry was posted in Baked, Brunch, comfort food, Easy recipe, Fried, Side dish, Snack, Stir fry, Vegetarian and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

34 Responses to Masala chips/Kenyan masala fries

  1. This is right up my alley and something I would so like. Also saves me the trouble of dunking my chips separately in chilli sauce. 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Jhuls says:

    Super tasty and delicious fries. A good twist to the oldie one. 😀 Thanks for sharing this with us. Happy FF! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. This is so awesome !!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. ok now i am selfishly keeping this to myself, I have put it in my scrapbook what a wonderful idea and one my children will love, thank you again x

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Its simply superb. Its really tempting.
    Glad to follow you.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Lily says:

    Oh my! these fries look absolutely delicious and so flavorful, I could eat a whole plate:)


  7. coconutcraze says:

    It is very easy and yummy! Thank you, Lili for the lovely words!


  8. Nice twist to our regular fries.. Tempting..


  9. Pingback: Harissa – A Fiery Spiced Chilli Paste from Tunisia | ãhãram

  10. Sandhya says:

    These fries look finger licking good!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Balvinder says:

    Omg, this is my dream dinner!

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Wow fries looks yummy.. I can finish it in no time

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Wow fabulous Sridevi…. never knew fries can be turned to such a delicious fetching starter … yummmm…

    Liked by 1 person

  14. coconutcraze says:

    When we found it, we were hooked, Chitra!


  15. Loretta says:

    Aha asante sana, habari gain Sridevi? How absolutely brilliant! I’m going to have to try these even though I don’t usually serve french fries for just my husband and myself. But THIS IS A MUST! I must confess, when we lived in Kenya none of those African influences crossed over to our cuisine, but when I went back to Kenya after 35 years, I noticed the cuisine had changed considerably. Africans were now making rotis besides their staple ugali :). You might enjoy a post of mine on Africa Re-Visited under the travel section of my blog. We left in 1970 for England and had never been back until about 10 years ago when I returned and went on 3 safaris. I’m going to definitely bookmark this and try the masala chips. Gorgeousness on a plate 🙂


  16. Somehow I missed these when I was in Kenya (clearly not long enough!) but they sound delicious!


  17. coconutcraze says:

    This is mostly served in Indian fast food joints as a quick snack. It is fairly new as I mentioned to Loretta. It gained popularity because it is convenient and tasty.


  18. Yum! I never would have thought of using garam masala on chips, sounds tasty. I found you on FF, I host a link party for vegetarian recipes called Veggie Wednesday and would love it if you would stop by sometime and link up 🙂 Alyce x


  19. coconutcraze says:

    Thank you, Alyce! I am very happy that you found my blog. I have linked a recipe for Veggie Wednesday and will get back to explore your recipes!


  20. Pingback: Harissa - A Fiery Spiced Chilli Paste from Tunisia - ãhãram

  21. Joe Herman says:

    I just returned to the US from two months in Nairobi and I made this recipe for my family as one of the foods I most enjoyed there (the other food I liked was Sukuma Wiki) . They loved it! Thank you for sharing an easy to prepare treat.


  22. Tharisit says:

    I am so eager to try out this recipe! Thank you for the share 🙂


  23. Pingback: 17 Traditional Kenyan Food Items To Try - Bite me up

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s