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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.
5 from 19 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Kenyan
Servings 2


  • 200 -300 g chips/french fries
  • ¾ cup onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1-2 green chillis chopped
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder or paprika
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • ½ cup fresh tomato puree thick
  • 1 tbsp chilli sauce
  • ½ -1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander chopped


  • First prepare the chips or french fries. I used frozen ones which I baked in the oven following the instructions on the packet.
  • Heat oil in a wide pan over medium heat.
  • Add chopped onion and stir fry till it becomes soft.
  • Add garlic paste and stir fry till it begins to turn light pink.
  • Add ginger and chilli. Stir fry for a few seconds.
  • Add turmeric, chilli, coriander powders and mix well.
  • Immediately add the tomato ketchup. Mix well.
  • Add tomato puree and chilli sauce. Mix well.
  • Allow the sauce to become a bit thick, it should not be watery at all.
  • Add the fried, air fried or baked chips.
  • Sprinkle salt over it. Mix well. Allow the mixture to become hot and mix gently occasionally.
  • Add chopped coriander, mix well and serve immediately as a side dish or on its own as a snack.


  • Allow the chips/fries to become a bit crunchy so that they do not become soggy when you add to the masala.
  • Adjust the spice level according to your taste.
  • Be careful when you add salt. Some frozen chips/fries already are salted.
  • Usually it is best to consume masala chips as soon as you prepare it. However, if it becomes cold, just heat it up in the pan or in the microwave oven.
Keyword Chips Masala, Kenyan Masala Chips, Kenyan Style Chips Masala