May 25, 2013

[A Copy-Cat Recipe] Potato Smiles | Potato Smileys

1. a french fry that has been flattened and shaped into a circle, with two eyes and a smiley mouth cut out.

As enticing as it looks, I have stayed away from frying these greasy frozen potato smiles for as long as I can remember. With no nutritional value and only extra calories to offer, I thought (still do) these are just waste of money. But is just so happened that a few weeks ago during a promotional offer at our local super market we got a packet of these potato smiles for free. On a lazy sunday afternoon when there was nothing much to do, I ventured out into the kitchen to fry a batch. Expectantly, all of us loved it and that's where the story of these frozen goodies ended.

Now that we had a taste of them, we wanted more. That's when I thought of trying a copy-cat recipe from the ingredients listed at the back of the packet. When you know what exactly goes in your food, it gives a nice feeling about gorging on it. Isn't it? The recipe was super delicious and super fun to make. Try some for your kids or for any gathering with friends/family. They will luuurve it!


Sending this recipe as an entry to Healthy Vegan Fridays and The Wellness Weekend.

...the potato dough ready to be rolled out into smiles..

[A Copy-Cat Recipe] Potato Smiles | Potato Smileys

Makes about 2 dozen


3 large potatoes
1/4 cup coriander leaves (or use any other finely chopped herbs/greens)
4 tbsp cornflour (or use all purpose flour)
1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
1/2 tsp (or more) red chilli powder
1/2 tsp garam masala (optional)
1/4 tsp turmeric
salt - to taste
2 tsp lemon juice
oil, for frying


1. Wash potatoes, cube them with skin and boil for 2 whistles in pressure cooker (or) boil in water until fork tender. Once cool, peel.

2. Mash potatoes in a bowl and add coriander leaves, cornflour, ginger garlic paste, turmeric, chilli powder, garam masala, salt and lemon juice. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour. Refrigerate the dough for atleast 30 mins.

3. Make small lemon sized balls, flatten and shape into a circle. Using the backside of a (clean) pencil, make two eyes and a smile with a blunt knife. Continue to do the same with rest of the dough.

Note: These can be frozen for few weeks and ready for frying. Don't thaw. make the eyes, I used the back of a pencil and a blunt knife to make the smile..
4. Heat oil. Once hot, reduce it to low and fry these potato smiles few at a time, until golden brown.

.....potato smileys ready to get fried..
5. Serve immediately with ketchup or any spicy condiment.

..these are the original potato smiles from the McCain packet..mine look pretty close to them. You agree?

This is Recipe 36 added to my The 100 Recipe Challenge for Year 2013. Check out the rest of the recipes too!


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  1. These look really cute Siri. I think my little one will love them. Will try soon

  2. That looks fantastic Siri. My lil one loves the frozen potato smilies. I dont deep fry them. Just put them in preheated oven and let it bake for around 18-20 mins at 200 deg C. They turn crisp on the outside. I follow same method for any store brought frozen potato chips/wedges.

  3. hey Siri,
    your smilies look cuter and of course they are healthier.
    loved it, will try soon.

  4. that's super beautiful shall make them this week. thanks for those lovely smiles/smileys. we need not buy the western version of it :)

  5. Aww, those are so cute! I never liked fries when little, but liked the smilies a lot. c:
    Your smilies actually look better than the store bought, must be the green touch!

  6. am going to try this my lil one. such a great recipe this is.

  7. i bow to you for making them with the eyes and smile! hats off... they look cute and am sure they tasted yummy

  8. I just cant get my little boy to eat potatoes. These home made smileys are a great idea.

  9. Its very innovative. Nice clicks.

  10. oh...this is very make those fries at home.... even i do not get those frozen fries for the same reason...i wonder if it will retain the shape if they are baked...or shallow-fried...

    1. Hi Sanjivini,

      the potato smiles can certainly be baked or just shallow fried. When baking, just brush them with some oil so that the top don't dry up & they turn out golden.

      Hope this helps,

  11. I am going to try this with rice flour, I think it will make it more crispy.

  12. Thank you for so much nice recipe!!!

  13. I am making something similar with my leftovers spiced mashed potatoes from the comfort food upcoming blog post but mine are covered in panko crumbs. And nowhere as cute adore the happy face


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