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Batata Harra Recipe

This delicious batata harra recipe – which literally translates to spicy potatoes – is a famous Lebanese dish and packed with flavor. Ready in under 30 minutes and such a delicious way to cook with potatoes and enjoy a taste of Lebanese cuisine.

If you asked me my favorite cuisine, I would be torn between Greek, Mexican, and Lebanese. Hummus, Falafel, baba ganoush, flatbreads, and batata harra are up there in my all-time favorite flavors, so it was definitely time to share my take on these delicious spicy Lebanese potatoes!

These are served in the photos with a garlic tahini yogurt, but batata harra is also delicious served with hummus, toum, or a range of mezze dishes.

close up shot of batata harra on top of a bed of creamy garlic yoghurt

Ingredient Notes

The exact quantities of the ingredients you need for this recipe are included in the recipe card at the bottom of this post. Here, I’ve added a few notes on the ingredients you need, plus a few potential substitutions you could make if you can’t eat/find a certain ingredient.

  • Potatoes: Any large white potato will work for this recipe. I used two large baking potatoes which I then peeled and chopped into 2cm x 2cm cubes.
  • Olive oil: You’ll need oil for the potatoes and to create the garlic/tomato coating for this recipes. Olive oil is my preference – but you could also use another neutral oil such as canola oil or vegetable oil.
  • Garlic: Garlic for batata harra is a must! Use fresh garlic if possible, minced or finely chopped.
  • Tomato paste: If you don’t have tomato paste, blended or finely crushed tomatoes could also work but might change the texture/taste of the recipe slightly.
  • Lemon juice: Lemon juice is so essential to cut through the savory, spicy flavors behind this recipe.
  • Cilantro: You’ll need chopped fresh cilantro for your batata harra. Don’t skip this ingredient, either – it helps lighten the overall flavor tone of the dish.
  • Seasonings: This recipe uses smoked paprika and chili flakes for flavor and heat.

How To Make This Batata Harra Recipe

Again, the exact step-by-step instructions and ingredient quantities will be in the recipe card at the bottom of this page. 

Below is an overview of making this recipe, plus some process shots to help you visualize how this recipe should turn out.

Step 1) Prepare Your Potatoes

Begin by peeling your potatoes and chopping them into small cubes. Transfer these cubes into a saucepan, cover them with water, and place the lid on to start the cooking process.

Step 2) Par-boil the Potatoes

Allow the potatoes to par-boil for about 10 minutes. After this time, drain them well to remove any excess water.

Step 3) Bake or Air Fry the Potatoes

Coat the par-boiled potatoes with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. You can then choose to bake them in a preheated oven at 220°C (425°F) for 30 minutes or use an air fryer at 200°C (395°F) for 20 minutes until they’re crispy.

Step 4) Prepare the Garlic Tomato Mixture

While the potatoes are cooking, heat the remaining olive oil in a pan. Add minced garlic to the pan, sautéing for 1-2 minutes until it starts to turn fragrant and golden. Then, mix in the tomato paste and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.

Step 5) Add Spices and Lemon Juice

Into the pan, add the chili flakes, smoked paprika, and lemon juice. Stir these ingredients well to combine.

Step 6) Combine Potatoes with Seasoning

Once the potatoes are cooked and crispy, add them to the pan with the garlic and tomato mixture. Include freshly chopped cilantro and stir everything together to ensure the potatoes are fully coated with the seasoning.

What To Serve With Batata Harra

For more mezze recipes, make your batata harra with these fluffy vegan flatbreads, served alongside baba ganoush, hummus, harissa chickpeas and whipped feta, falafels, these harissa meatballs and whipped feta, or simply on top of this creamy garlic yogurt sauce as pictured!

Storing

This recipe can be enjoyed hot or cold! Store any leftovers in an airtight container for 3-5 days. To reheat, you could heat your leftover batata harra either in a pan, the air fryer, or in the oven to help crisp them up again.

This recipe could also be frozen, although the cilantro may change in texture and colour slightly when frozen. Freeze in an air tight container for up to 3 months, defrosting fully in the refrigerator before reheating.

FAQs

What is Batata Harra?

Batata Harra is a popular Middle Eastern dish that translates to “spicy potatoes”. It is known for its vibrant flavors, combining the crispiness of fried or baked potatoes with a mixture of garlic, herbs, spices, and sometimes citrus to create a savory, slightly spicy dish.

How do you make Batata Harra crispy?

To achieve a crispy texture, the potatoes are first parboiled and then either fried, baked, or air-fried. Coating the par-boiled potatoes in olive oil before the final cooking step helps them crisp up nicely. The high cooking temperature is key to getting that desired crispy exterior.

Can I make Batata Harra ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare Batata Harra ahead of time by par-boiling the potatoes and even proceeding with the initial baking or frying. Before serving, simply reheat them in the oven or air fryer to restore their crispiness and then toss them with the spice mixture and herbs to serve.

What variations can I make to Batata Harra?

While the traditional recipe includes garlic, cilantro, chili flakes, and lemon juice, you can customize it by adding different spices like cumin, coriander, or even a bit of cinnamon for a unique twist. Some versions also include bell peppers for added color and texture.

Is Batata Harra vegan?

Yes, Batata Harra is inherently vegan, making it a great option for plant-based diets. It relies on potatoes and a mix of spices and herbs for flavor, without the need for any animal products.

What can I serve with Batata Harra?

Batata Harra can be served as a side dish or as part of a mezze platter. It pairs well with proteins like grilled chicken or fish, and complements other Middle Eastern dishes such as hummus, baba ganoush, falafel, and tabbouleh.

How do I store leftover Batata Harra?

Leftover Batata Harra can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. For best results, reheat in the oven or air fryer to maintain its crispiness before serving.

Can I freeze Batata Harra?

It’s best not to freeze Batata Harra as potatoes can become grainy and lose their texture once thawed. However, if you must freeze them, do so after the initial cooking step and before adding the seasoning. Reheat from frozen and then toss with the spice mixture and herbs.

Is Batata Harra gluten-free?

Yes, Batata Harra is naturally gluten-free, making it suitable for those with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease. Just ensure that all the ingredients used, especially any store-bought spice blends, are free from gluten contamination.

Can I make Batata Harra less spicy?

Absolutely! If you’re sensitive to heat, you can reduce the amount of chili flakes or omit them altogether. You can still enjoy the flavorful combination of garlic, herbs, and spices without the added spice.

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Batata Harra

Batata Harra

Yield: 2 - 3 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This delicious batata harra recipe - which literally translates to spicy potatoes - is a famous Lebanese dish and packed with flavor. Ready in under 30 minutes and such a delicious way to cook with potatoes and enjoy a taste of Lebanese cuisine.

Ingredients

  • 2 large baking potatoes
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1.5 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 20g fresh cilantro, chopped

Instructions

  1. Peel your potatoes and chop them into small cubes. Place them in a saucepan and then cover with water and place the lid on.
  2. Par-boil the potatoes for 10 minutes, then drain. 
  3. Coat the potatoes in 1 tbsp of olive oil and then either bake at 220C | 425F for 30 minutes or bake in the air fryer at 200C | 395F for 20 minutes.
  4. Next, heat the remaining olive oil in a pan and then add the minced garlic. Saute for 1-2 minutes until it begins to turn fragrant and golden, then add the tomato paste.
  5. Stir the tomato paste into the garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes. 
  6. Add the chili flakes, smoked paprika, and lemon juice, and stir.
  7. Tip the potatoes into the pan along with the freshly chopped cilantro and stir to fully coat the potatoes.
  8. Serve with this delicious garlic tahini yogurt, hummus, falafel, or a range of mezze options.

Notes

Served in these pictures with a garlic tahini yogurt sauce. This batata harra recipe is delicious when served hot or cold! It’s a relatively spicy dish, so reduce or omit the chili flakes if you want less heat.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 334Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 39mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 6gSugar: 4gProtein: 6g

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