Tandoori Fries

Tandoori Fries
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Tandoori Fries with Store bought Thick Cut French Fries either Deep Fried or Air Fried and seasoned with that wonderful blend of Tandoori Masala, just loaded with flavor. Serve it with some Samosa Dipping Sauce on the side for dipping.

Tandoori Masala

Whether you Deep Fry or Air Fry, Season the Fries immediately after they have been cooked and toss well before serving. For every 1 lb. of Fries use about 1/2 Tbl of Tandoori Masala. Add more or less based on taste.

Tandoori Masala Products

Tandoori Masala

JAH Tandoori Spice! This Tandoori Spice mix is made with 26 Ingredients. Carefully combined in ratios to deliver a Dominant Savory, Mildly Spicy Flavors with Exotic Spices for undertones that creates a wonderful Aroma that will fill the Kitchen entirely.

French Fries

Use Store bought Thick Cut Fries if Air Frying and really any kind of Fries or Homemade Fries if Deep Frying. Cook them up Golden Crisp and Season with Tandoori Masala for French Fries with a bit of Bite.

Deep Fried Tandoori Fries

Use either Store bought Fries of any kind or Homemade Fries when deep frying. Homemade Fries take quite a bit of work but are they ever tasty.

Take the frozen Fries out and place into a bowl or strain out Homemade Fries and leave them to strain while you heat up the deep fryer to 375 F – 400 F.

The Frying is going to happen in 3 stages. At each stage lift the basket up and allow the fryer to come back to temp.

French Fries

Deep Fryer Fries

  1. Deep Fry until most of the steam is gone.
  2. Second Fry is to cook until no more steam is coming out.
  3. The last Fry is just for a few seconds to a minute. This is to do the final crisping and expel excess grease from the fries.

Once the Fries are cooked, lift the basket up and shake. Then place the Fries back into the stainless steel bowl and season the Fries with Tandoori Masala. Mix it real good and serve.

Air Fried Tandoori Fries

Air Frying is becoming one of my favorite ways to make Fries now. Especially where specialty Fats can be used. Such Fats like Beef Suet, Rendered Chicken Fat or Lard really do offer up more flavor.

Thawing Fries for the Air Fryer

Place the Frozen Thick Cut Store Bought Fries into a stainless steel bowl. Add 1/4 C Fat of choice and toss the Fries. Let them sit for about 30 minutes before you Air Fry them. I sometimes do skip the thawing process. If using a solid Fat like Lard, then melt it and then measure out 1/4 C before pouring it over the Fries and toss well.

Frozen Fries
Frozen Fries

Air Frying Fries

Air Fry at 400 F for 30 minutes. These are going to get tossed in intervals. Each time we toss the fries, they will be emptied into the steel bowl with the extra hot Fat at the bottom poured in. Toss the Fries before going back into the Air Fryer.

Toss and recycle the Fat at these intervals. I know it’s a bit, but it really is the method to getting some pretty good Fries that are not cooked up dry. Instead these will have a more even Crisp & Color all around.

  • 15 minutes
  • 10 minutes
  • 5 minutes
  • 3 minutes
  • 2 minutes
  • 1 minute

The last few minutes are give or take. If the Fries are Golden Crisp then take them out the last few minutes. If not, then keep cooking them the full 30 minutes. Empty into the Steel Bowl with the Fat and toss. Season with Tandoori Masala and toss the Fries well before serving.

It is the constant moving around and getting coated in hot Fat and even more so towards the end of cooking that results in some excellent Air Fryer Fries. The Steel Bowl makes it really handy to have on the side to first hold the Fries as they thaw out a bit and to toss both the hot Fries & Oil so that every Fry gets recoated again and can cook up Crisp. All of the Oil if not most will be soaked up by the Fries by the time they are done.

Tandoori Fries with Samosa Dipping Sauce

This Samosa Dipping Sauce can be made up and served on the side with some Tandoori Fries. The sweetness in the Sauce is complimentary to the slight spicy kick of the Fries.

Red Samosa Dipping Sauce

Samosa Dipping Sauce

This Samosa Dipping Sauce can be made up the same time the Fries are cooking and served on the side.

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Tandoori Fries

Whether you Deep Fry or Air Fry, use JAH Tandoori Masala to season the Fries for some exceptional Tandoori Fries.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Canadian, Indian
Keyword: Air Fried Tandoori Fries, Deep Fried Tandoori Fries, JAH Tandoori Fries, Tandoori French Fries, Tandoori Fries
Servings: 1 lbs.
Author: JAH


  • 1 Deep Fryer or Air Fryer
  • 1 Stainless Steel Bowl


  • 1 lbs. Thick Cut Fries
  • 1/4 C Fat - Lard, Rendered Fat or Neutral Oil
  • 1/2 Tbl Tandoori Masala - More or Less based on taste


  • Place the Frozen Fries into a stainless steel bowl and add 1/4 C of Fat. Toss the Fries well and leave them sit for 30 minutes.
    If the fat you are using is solid, then melt the Fat in the microwave or saucepan, measure out 1/4 C and then pour over the Fries.
  • Place them into the Air Fryer at 400 F for 30 minutes.
    At each interval, empty the Fries with the Hot Oil back into the Stainless Steel Bowl. Toss the Fries and empty back into the Air Fryer.
  • Toss the Fries and Oil that has accumulated on the bottom of the Air Fryer at 15, 10, 5, 3 minutes.
    The last few minutes are give or take. If the Fries are Golden Crisp then they can be removed, if not let them cook the full 30 minutes.
  • Empty the Fries with the Oil back into the Steel Bowl. Toss the Fries and then Season with Tandoori Masala. Toss the Fries again really well and serve.


For Deep Fried Tandoori Fries, cook the fries at 375 F – 400 F until Golden and Crisp. Empty into the Steel bowl and season with Tandoori Masala. Toss really well and serve. 
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