Batata Harra | Spicy Roasted Potatoes

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This Batata Harra / spicy roasted potatoes recipe will quickly become your favorite way of cooking potatoes! They’re fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside, plus they’re bursting with amazing flavors! 

The Lebanese cuisine is incredibly varied and perfect for vegetarians and vegans. Lebanese recipes are guaranteed to satisfy even the pickiest eaters and they’re by far my favorite! If I could eat only two foods for the rest of my life, I think I could thrive with just hummus and falafel. :))

Well, the Lebanese cuisine is so much more than just hummus and falafel. Today I decided to make this popular Lebanese recipe – spicy roasted potatoes – Batata Harra.

Batata Harra Spicy Roasted Potatoes

Batata Harra is a vegetable dish from Lebanon and has acquired a huge fan following everywhere around the world. It is a simple recipe and won’t take much time to cook, hence, a popular choice among the households of the region.

“Batata Harra” literally means, “spicy potatoes”. The potato is the hero of the dish, and you have to master it by adding the right amount of spices and herbs and cooking it properly so they’re fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside. Apart from the potatoes, the dish includes red peppers, chili, garlic, and coriander.

It is usually eaten spicy, but if you are not used to eating spicy food, you can use just a tiny bit of chili. I like it hot, so I usually add more.

Batata Harra Spicy Roasted Potatoes

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What I love most about these spicy Lebanese potatoes recipe is the texture. They’re soft and fluffy on the inside and crunchy on the outside. Plus, they’re so beautifully colored thanks to the amazing turmeric powder! 🙂

You can serve this as a side dish or as a main dish. I like it so much that I eat it as a main dish in a larger portion. 🙂 Tip: Make an avocado dressing/sauce and drizzle it on top. It’s even better!

Batata Harra Spicy Roasted Potatoes

Like most other Lebanese recipes, these spicy roasted potatoes are not only delicious but healthy too! The ingredients used in the dish are quite beneficial, in perspective to the health. Red peppers and chili have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, the vegetable is known to be very high in Vitamin A, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B2, Vitamin E, potassium, fiber, potassium, niacin and several other nutrients.

The presence of coriander is always good for health. Consuming coriander is known to ease high blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol level.

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Batata Harra Spicy Roasted Potatoes vegan recipe

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This Batata Harra / spicy roasted potatoes recipe will quickly become your favorite way of cooking potatoes! They're fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside, plus they're bursting with amazing flavors!
Serves: 4+
  • 10 medium-sized potatoes, peeled
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 tsp smoked red pepper flakes or smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp turmeric, powder
  • 1 lemon, only the juice
  • 3 Tbsp fresh parsley leaves, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • salt to taste
  1. In a large pot,add peeled potatoes and cover with water.
  2. Bring to boil on high heat and when it starts to boil, reduce to low and let them cook till half done, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Drain the potatoes, let them cool and cut into cubes.
  4. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. .
  5. Stir in the garlic, coriander seeds and turmeric. Saute for 30 seconds.
  6. Add the potatoes, red pepper flakes and chili powder. Mix to combine.
  7. Cook for 5-7 more minutes, until they get a crispy golden crust.
  8. Serve with lemon juice on top.
  9. Add the greens, and mix to combine. Add salt to taste.
  10. Remove from heat and serve these spicy roasted potatoes with fresh chopped parsley on top.
Batata Harra Spicy Roasted Potatoes vegan recipe

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10 Comments on “Batata Harra | Spicy Roasted Potatoes”

  1. When do you add the lemon juice? I’ve made batata harra before, but in a slightly different way. So I’m not sure when you would add that in, as the recipe does not specify. Sounds wonderful though!

  2. In this rescipe the potatoes have NOT been roasted, just fried.

    Try actually roasting them and it is even better if you like crispy roast potatoes.

  3. I love spicy foods so these sounded delicious. I made them today! They were a hit! Thank you for this great recipe!

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