Stir fry vegetables with a Radikal twist

french fries

I am really excited about sharing this recipe with you because it will change the way you look at French fries.

I was tired and hungry after a long day at work. I wanted to eat something tasty and comforting. No, I don’t like ready meals and I wasn’t in the mood for egg on toast.

Food makes me happy. I wanted a bit of spice and I wanted it in no time. So I decided to make the French fries and peas stir fry.

The idea of using French fries was my mum’s. She had suggested using the fries as a short cut instead of peeling and cutting potatoes in Indian cooking some time back. I didn’t pay any attention to it at the time, but like most other things you remember and pay heed to mum’s advice when they are not around.

This is a simple fuss free recipe. It took me under 15 minutes to prepare. No preparation required.

I ate it with salad. This is versatile- you can have it with pitta bread, or toast or as an accompaniment to a main dish.

Hope you enjoy it as much as much as I did.


  • 2 teaspoon cooking oil (vegetable)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2-3 dried red chillies
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala ( mix of spices)
  • Two handful of frozen French fries ( from my freezer)
  • 1 cup of frozen peas (Petit Pois)
  • Lime juice
  • Salt to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a non-stick pan until it is hot.
  2. Add the red chillies and cumin seeds. The oil has to be hot to make the cumin seeds pop (splutter in oil).
  3. Add the French fries and peas (at the same time) and stir the vegetables on high heat.
  4. Cook for 4-5 minutes on a high flame ( do not cover)
  5. Then add the salt and garam masala and lower the flame. Cook for another 6-7 minutes or until done.
  6. Squeeze some lemon / lime juice

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