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Garlic Rosemary Masala Fries

Today is such a gorgeous day, isn’t it? I am typing this as I sit by the window with the bright, warm morning rays on my legs. I am looking at the jacaranda tree outside, whose flowers have just bloomed, and part of why October in Nairobi is always so so beautiful. I am typing this as I watch The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, which has been part of my nightly routine, but just now decided to squeeze in one episode before I wrap up this post and head off to work on November’s recipes. Weren’t the cartoons us 90’s babies grew up on the real deal? I mean we were served with such delicious variety and I just can’t help but re-live all of them! Power Puff Girls, Courage The Cowardly Dog, Ed, Edd and Eddy, Dexter’s Lab… I mean those were real cartoons! And I have to say, I will always love them, and I refuse to ‘grow up’ coz the heart likes what it likes y’all!

Speaking about good things, today’s recipe is among those that will always be in vogue. Always delicious. Ever so versatile! And an eternal classic!. I loved making these masala fries recipe and hope you love this one as much as I do!

Watch the video on my Youtube channel too:

PREP TIME: 10 min    COOK TIME: 20 min        SERVES: 1

 Masala Fries Ingredients

3 potatoes

1 red onion

1 tablespoon of tomato paste

1 sprig of turmeric

4 cloves of garlic, minced

1/2 a teaspoon of cumin

1/4 teaspoon of chili paste

1/2 a teaspoon of turmeric

1/2 a teaspoon of paprika

Fresh dania to garnish

Salt to taste

Veg oil for frying


Peel, slice and fry the fries. You can slice the fries as large or as thin as you like. I personally love mine really thin so that’s what I will always go for.  Set aside.

For the masala, start with some onions,garlic and rosemary. Garlic and rosemary are always absorbed so well by potatoes. I went with fresh rosemary since the overall flavor is usually much fuller, but if you have dries rosemary, it will still turn out fine. Fresh rosemary retails for about 25 bob a bunch in supermarkets and dries rosemary for about 90 bob a can in their respective spice aisles.

Let this cook until everything is fragrant and has softened.  Add the tomato paste, the spices, a bit of water and let this simmer on low heat until thickened. I chose to forego fresh tomatoes and use just tomato paste in the interest of saving time. But you can use both if you like. It needs to be nice and thick for the masala fries to be rich and saucy as I have shown in the video. If you make it too light, you will only end up with fries in a soup, and not actual juicy and saucy masala fries.

Add the fries and gently toss them until coated. There after, garnish with your fresh dania.

Look at this saucy, juicy, spicy, beauty! Masala fries are more than just cooking fries in nyanya, but bringing together a beautiful symphony of full spices and herbs. My garlic and rosemary fries will take you to the moon and back!

The garlic and rosemary flavor are really sharp, as intended, and the herbiness of the rosemary in particular was so well complimented with that of the thyme. The chili added the heat that is a key characteristic to masala fries and everything come together so beautifully!! Must try for all!

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To all things delicious!


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  1. Damah

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!!!!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      You are most welcome!

  2. Kare

    Can i use fresh tomatoes instead?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Yes you can

  3. Anne

    Loved the video too!! Gonna make this for the kiddos and the honey whiskey masala fries for us oldies lol

    • kaluhiskitchen

      You will enjoy both without doubt 😀 !

  4. Mumbi Okori

    So I recently bumped into your blog and I absolutely love your recipes! Today I tried the garlic rosemary masala fries and I’m totally smitten!! My hubby loved it too so it’s an exceptionally happy home today! Thanks so much for sharing your creative dishes with us!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Thank you so very much for your warm feedback!!! Glad both you and hubbz enjoyed!

  5. Ruth Wanjiru

    Just made this today and it’s delicious! Kid’s loved it, good break from kawaida fries.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      So happy to know this!! Thanks for your feedback!

  6. Shiku

    Made this last night! It was so flavourful. I actually prefer the tomato paste instead of tomatoes.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Happy you loved each bite boo!

  7. Mercy Mallel

    I’m gonna try this today for dinner. Will let you know

    • Kaluhi


  8. Marina

    I am definitely going to try this.

    • Kaluhi

      You will love it!

  9. Adams Jared.

    Helloooo… Also tomato concasee bring out an incredible taste for the Masala chips. It uplifts the dish to another level like never before because of the build up flavour of the tomato concasee..

    • Kaluhi


  10. Phey

    Tried the recipe today ….it was bomb

    • Kaluhi

      Glad you enjoyed!

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