Honey Chilli Potatoes

September 13, 2013mayurisjikoni
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Honey Chilli Potatoes is a crispy, spicy, sweet and delicious snack or starter dish. In fact, this dish from the Indo Chinese Cuisine, it is very easy to make this  dish. In addition, sprinkled with a generous amount of sesame seeds, it is finger licking good. Serve Honey Chilli Potatoes and Baby Corn Manchurian as a Starter for your party or as a snack option.


First time I had Honey Chilli Potatoes was at a food court in one of the malls in Bangalore. Instantly, fell in love with the dish immediately. In fact I landed up ordering another plate of this crispy snack. Not only I loved it because it was a potato dish but also the flavours were tantalizing to the tongue.

HSR Layout

Around the time my daughter was in college, HSR Layout was a quiet place with hardly any restaurants and loaded of trees around. Therefore, to enjoy this dish we would have to go to the mall. Around that time rickshaw drivers would not want to take us back from Koramangala to HSR Layout, stating that it was too far.

First Time I Made It At Home

Once I got baby potatoes from Namdhari and decided to try out Honey Chilli Potatoes at home. In fact, the recipe is pretty easy. In short, my daughter and her friends finished off the snack in no time. For instance, if you make paneer, mushroom, baby corn, manchurian at home than you can make this finger licking snack or start at home.

Fast forward to present day HSR layout has expanded exponentially and is almost like a mini city. As a result, we no longer have to go to the city for shopping or dining. In fact, everything is there in HSR Layout. Therefore, with the number of Indo Chinese Restaurants in the area it is easy to order this potato snack.

Some More Potato Dishes To Check Out:

Similarly, are you a big fan of any dish which has potatoes? There are some dishes that I wouldn’t mind having everyday.

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Kenyan Style Masala Chips also known as chips masala, is a popular dish on most restaurant menus in Kenya. Easy to make, spicy and tasty. It is a must to try out these chips when you visit Kenya.
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Yogurt Potato Curry is a creamy, delicious, slightly spicy curry. Enjoy it with any Indian Flatbread or rice. Easy to make, this curry generally features on my table when I have guests over. It is relished both by adults and kids. 
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A flavourful, delicious, filling, healthy and creamy Pesto Roasted Potato Salad.Ideal as a light meal, for picnics and parties.
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Methi Bateta Nu Shaak/ Fenugreek Potato Vegetable is a simple but flavourful way to prepare the famous Gujarati style shaak or sabji using fresh fenugreek and potatoes.
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Potato Salad with Fresh Dill is a flavourful, creamy and delicious salad. A wonderful salad to prepare ahead for parties, BBQ, or to serve at a pizza party. Enjoy on its own as a light meal.
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Patatas Bravas is simply potatoes in a spicy sauce. It is a popular Spanish potato dish that is served as tapas. An easy recipe, Patatas Bravas can be served as an appetizer or as a snack. The umami for this dish comes from the tomato paste and the fresh tomato puree.
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Kachri Bateta/ Kachri Babu is a tangy, lip smacking spicy potato stew served with a dry coconut mango chutney and topped with ganthia and crushed potato crisps or chips.
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Deep Fry Or Shallow Fry?

As a matter of fact, I deep fry and shallow fry. Generally, deep fry the boiled potatoes whenever I have guests over. But, when I am preparing it just for the family then I prefer to shallow fry the boiled potatoes.

Similarly, the option of using an air fryer or roasting them is there.


What Kind Of Potatoes Do I Use?

My first introduction to dish was in the form of baby potatoes. So I prefer using baby potatoes. I have tried the dish using boiled potato wedges but even the family prefers baby potatoes. Having said that use whatever you prefer, baby potatoes, potato wedges, potato chunks.


For best flavour, use organic honey. Many brands have sugar added to it. So make sure you get a good quality honey. When in Kenya I prefer the Naturalli Brand of pure honey or the organic Kitui honey. In India I prefer to use the BB Royal brand.


Prepare Ahead

If you want to make this dish for a party, there are certain things you can prepare ahead.

  • Deep fry the potatoes and keep on the side. Fry till they are very crispy.
  • Mix the sauce ingredients and keep ready.
  • Chop the veggies and keep ready.

Ingredients Required For Honey Chilli Potatoes

  • Potatoes – use starchy potatoes as they are the best for deep frying. Use baby potatoes, potato wedges or potatoes cut into chunks. Boil the potatoes in salted water till just done. If you are using large potatoes and then cutting them into wedges or chunks, first peel and cut them and then add to boiling salted water. Make sure you don’t over boil them.
  • Garlic – peeled and some cut into slices and some minced. Need it for stir frying and the coating.
  • Red Chilli Powder – I use a mixture of hot red chilli powder and Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder for the colour. Need it for the sauce and the coating.
  • Soy Sauce – use more if you are using light soy sauce. If you are using dark soy sauce, you will need less. If it is dark I usually use only 1 tsp. For a gluten free version of this dish, use gluten free soy sauce or tamari sauce. Generally all soy sauce contain wheat flour.
  • Tomato Sauce – use good quality tomato sauce or ketchup. Need it for the sauce and the coating.
  • Salt – need it for the coating and the sauce. Also need some when boiling the potatoes.
  • Cornflour – cornstarch. Need for the coating.
  • Water – normal tap water, for the coating and the sauce.
  • Oil – I use sunflower oil for deep or shallow frying the potatoes.
  • Sesame Oil – for the stir fry. Sesame oil adds a delicious flavour to the overall dish. If you don’t have any, use any veg oil of your choice.
  • Green Chillis – finely sliced. Use according to your taste.
  • Ginger – peeled and cut into thin strips. Use according to your taste.
  • Honey – use good quality honey. Add 1-2 tbsp, depending on how sweet you like the dish to be. For a vegan option use dark maple syrup or brown sugar.
  • Vinegar – use rice vinegar or any other good quality vinegar like wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar. Here the preferred choice is white vinegar.
  • Pepper Powder – for this dish I prefer to use coarsely ground pepper. However, you can also use fine pepper powder.
  • Fresh Coriander – cilantro. For garnishing.
  • Spring Onion – chop both the white and green part. For garnishing.
  • Sesame Seeds – roast the sesame seeds lightly in a pan or tawa till they begin to pop. Make sure you roast them over low heat. Use the seeds for garnishing.
  • Optional Ingredients : diced onion, bell pepper to stir fry along with the garlic. I have not added either as I want the flavour of garlic to shine.


Honey Chilli Potatoes is a crispy, spicy, sweet and delicious snack or starter dish. A dish from the Indo Chinese Cuisine, it is very easy to make this  dish. Sprinkled with a generous amount of sesame seeds, it is finger licking good.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Snack, Starter
Cuisine Indo-Chinese
Servings 4


  • 500 g potatoes use either normal or baby potatoes


  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp tomato sauce thick
  • ½-¾ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 1-2 tbsp water
  • oil for deep frying if deep frying
  • 3 tbsp oil if shallow frying


  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 4-6 cloves garlic peeled and finely sliced
  • 1-2 green chillis sliced
  • 1 tbsp ginger cut into thin strips


  • 2 tbsp tomato sauce thick
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1-2 tbsp honey
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp coarse pepper powder
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce light


  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh coriander or spring onions or both
  • 2 tbsp roasted sesame seeds



  • Boil the baby potatoes. If you are using big potatoes, let them cool and then cut into chunks or wedges.
  • Heat oil for either deep frying or shallow frying.


  • Put the coating ingredients in a bowl. Mix the ingredients.
  • Add the potatoes and mix gently to coat the potatoes.


  • When the oil is hot fry the potatoes in batches till they are light golden brown. If you are shallow frying them, keep of stirring occasionally so that the potatoes do not stick to the pan. I prefer to use a non stick pan.
  • Keep the potatoes on the side till required.


  • Mix the ingredients for the sauce in a bowl.


  • Heat sesame oil in a wide pan over high heat.
  • Add the chopped chillis, ginger and garlic. Stir fry for a few seconds.
  • Add the sauce, mix well and cook till it begins to become thick.
  • Add the potatoes and mix gently so the sauce coats the potatoes.
  • Just before serving, garnish with the roasted sesame seeds and chopped spring onion/ coriander.


  • Adjust the spices according to your taste.
  • If the sauce becomes too thick add a little water to it. Be careful as one tbsp makes a lot of difference to the sauce.
  • Don't over boil the potatoes.
  • Roast the sesame seeds over low heat in a wide pan or tawa.
  • Add finely chopped onions and bell pepper along with the chilli, garlic and ginger if you like.
  • Add a handful of roasted cashew nuts for a more richer dish.
  • If you are using dark soy sauce, use only 1 tsp.
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  • Linsy Patel

    October 12, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    delicious potatoes, where are you? no new post for long time?

  • Minesh Patel

    May 15, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    This is a really delicious dish, my wife made this dish when we had friends over, we all enjoyed this dish very much, the honey works so well with the chilli sesame seeds and spring onions….

  • Mayuri Patel

    May 16, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Thanks Minesh, had them first time in India at a fast food Chinese place. I too love them.

  • Preethicuisine Preethicuisine

    April 11, 2022 at 8:42 am

    5 stars
    Honey chilli potatoes are super addictive. A fabulous treat for potato lovers like me . Beautifully presented.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 11, 2022 at 8:41 pm

      Thank you so much Preethi. We too love it.

  • Priya Srinivasan

    April 11, 2022 at 11:16 am

    5 stars
    Honey chilli potatoes look inviting mayuri ji, this is one of our favorite starters to order. I have had them as strips, but this baby potatoes version looks very cute. The bowl looks so tempting with the garnishes! Perfectly done!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 11, 2022 at 8:41 pm

      Thank you so much Priya, try out the recipe with baby potatoes.Tastes different.

  • Jayashree T.Rao

    April 12, 2022 at 4:22 am

    5 stars
    Honey Chilli Potatoes is the favourite of my daughter. This looks tasty and using baby potatoes is a good option.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 12, 2022 at 6:20 pm

      Thank you so much Jayashree. We do love it with baby potatoes.

  • Kalyani

    April 12, 2022 at 6:35 am

    5 stars
    HSR is truly a mini city now, even on my last visit few years ago, it was bustling with activity. this honey chilli potatoes look perfect starter for an indo-chinese spread that the kids have been asking for 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 12, 2022 at 6:19 pm

      Thanks Kalyani. Enjoy when you make honey chilli potatoes.

  • Seema Sriram

    April 13, 2022 at 7:05 am

    5 stars
    So, we made this for dinner today. Guess what, it finished as soon as we could start the meal!! Now we are making a bigger batch tomorrow.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 13, 2022 at 4:47 pm

      Thank you so much Seema for trying out the recipe. Am glad the family enjoyed it.

  • Mina Joshi

    April 16, 2022 at 2:43 am

    5 stars
    These honey chilli potatoes are my favourite – especially when they are made with Kenyan potatoes. There is some magical taste in Kenyan potatoes.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 18, 2022 at 10:18 pm

      Yes Mina, you are so right Kenyan Potatoes are unique in taste.

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