Indian Spiced Sweet Potato Fries with Curry Aioli

by Marla on July 16, 2011 · 64 comments

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Summer picnic by Marla Meridith

If there is a constant in my life then it would be that I love sweet potatoes. Almost as much as I love coffee. And salmon. Well cake is a favorite too. The Alexia Foods Reinvent a Classic French Fry contest is coming to a close in a few days. I have been whittling away my time baking up all sorts of baked fry creations. Don’t worry, I still spend gobs of time outdoors doing all kinds of summer stuff too.

You might want to take a peek over at Georgia Pellegrini’s blog. I swaggered over there in my cowboy boots and plaid shirt to bring you a guest post. Love that girl, her blog and her glam pioneer cooking skills.

Baked french fries in red striped paper bags
In my last post I asked you guys how you like to picnic. There were some very enthusiastic answers. You guys picnic close to home, far from home and everywhere in between.

Family Fresh Cooking outdoor entertaining

There is something about small children who run around in peacock costumes…..

Little boy in plush blue peacock Halloween costume

And mommy’s ski jacket……. on a hot July summer day.

Pink Jet Set Ski jacket on girl with brown hair

They were having loads of fun outside and their little fingers kept poking into my weekend photo shoot. It is really neat when they are home when I shoot photos. They enjoy watching the process and asking questions. Lots and lots of questions…..

We all know that the best part of a photo shoot is to eat the food. Little fingers are everywhere when they cross the magic line.

Little boy reaching into a red checker picnic basket

These fries are great as a side dish or appetizer. There is a nice sweet & savory thing happening. Curry lends itself nicely to a bit of sweet as does cardamom, garam masala and of course cinnamon.

Sweet Potato French Fries at Picnic on Family Fresh Cooking blog

Gotta tell you how much I LOVE Indian food. As a matter of fact a few of my favorite bloggers cook it up all the time. Have you ever seen Indian Simmer and Journey Kitchen? Prerna and  Kulsum are really sweet and inspirational ladies. They are amazing photographers, bloggers and pros when it comes to Indian cuisine.

Sweet Potato French Fries at Picnic on Family Fresh Cooking blog

Do you like Indian food? Do you ever make it at home? Any last minute ideas for French fry flavors for my Alexia challenge?

Indian Spiced Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Curry Aioli

Makes about 4 servings


  • I don’t want to get too specific on the measurement of spices & seasonings used for this recipe as you can adjust to taste.


Sweet Potato Fries

  • 2 large Sweet Potatoes (Garnet Yams), cleaned and cut into 1/2 inch strips. I leave the skin on.
  • 2 tablespoons Arrowroot Powder or Cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons melted Ghee or Butter (use unrefined Coconut Oil for vegan option)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Curry Powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon Cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon Garam Masala
  • dash of ground Cinnamon
  • Garlic Salt
  • Cracked Black Pepper
Curry Aioli
  • 1/4 cup low fat Mayonnaise or Homemade Mayo (Veganaise for vegan option)
  • a dash of Garlic Salt, Cracked Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cinnamon and Garam Masala – adjust to taste
  • 5-10 Stevia Drops – adjust to taste


  • shredded unsweetened Coconut
  • chives
  • cinnamon


Sweet Potato Fries: Pre heat oven to 425˚F with the racks in the middle. Prepare 2 half sheet pans (cookie sheets) with parchment or Silpat liners. Combine ghee (butter) with curry powder, cardamom, garam masala and cinnamon. Put sliced sweet potatoes on cookie sheet and toss with arrowroot powder. Drizzle butter mixture over the top of the potatoes and combine well with your hands. Sprinkle with some garlic salt and pepper. Toss again.

Lay sweet potatoes out in a single layer with a small amount of space in between the potatoes. They need to have some breathing room so they do not steam. Bake for 15 minutes. Flip each fry with a pari of tongs and cook for another 10-15 minutes.

Curry Aioli Dip: Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and combine well. Adjust spices and seasonings to taste.

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You can check out more of my posts from the Alexia Challenge

Sweet Potato Fries Recipe Links

*This post has been added to TidyMom’s I’m Lovinn’ It Fridays

{ 63 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa July 16, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Lipsmackingly good! Perfect when served with aioli.




2 Marla July 16, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Rosa, everything is better when served with aioli. Do you ever sleep friend?? I think it is like 3am there?


3 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 16, 2011 at 7:22 pm

There is a nice sweet & savory thing happening. = that is so me!

I will admit, I am not a fan of curry. I also dont like garlic or onions or very much salt. Just call me a picky b*tch :)

But…I do love sweet things! Big time! I have recipe for cinnamon, sugar, and ginger roasted fries that I really like and I love that you put garam masala in these. Such a wonderful blend!

Your photography, as always, stunning.

And so proud of you with this Alexia challenge!!!


4 Marla July 16, 2011 at 8:21 pm

I know you are more a fan of *sweet*
Your fries sound awesome by the way. The seasonings you mention amplify the flavors of SP’s in the best way!
Your rainbow post today was a treat!!


5 Kathleen July 16, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Marla, these look amazing!


6 Joy July 17, 2011 at 2:31 am

I love sweet potato fries so thanks for the dip. Looks so good!


7 Maris(In Good Taste) July 17, 2011 at 3:27 am

How fun to take fries on a picnic! Beats the usual potato salad!


8 Marla July 17, 2011 at 6:21 am

Hi Maris, I am much more a fan of the baked fries. Gotta admit that I have been seeing some pretty good potato salad recipes out there lately too.


9 Marci July 17, 2011 at 6:19 am

Those fries look delicious and your picnic looks so cute.


10 Georgia Pellegrini July 17, 2011 at 7:39 am

Wow, I just LOVE this idea for french fries! You may just win this one girl!


11 Courtney July 17, 2011 at 9:03 am

I love this! I haven’t had much Indian food, but the dishes I’ve tried I’ve loved!


12 Marla July 17, 2011 at 9:12 am

Courtney, these are lightly seasoned & you can adjust to taste. If you all ready like Indian food then chances are you will love these fries :)


13 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] July 17, 2011 at 10:23 am

The curry and sweet potato is making my mouth water!


14 Kristi Rimkus July 17, 2011 at 10:36 am

Fantastic pictures! I love that sweet potato fries are becoming so popular now.


15 Kulsum at JourneyKitchen July 17, 2011 at 10:41 am

Marla – You are after my heart! :-) And you got it! Firstly, I have recently switched to sweet potato as go to carb and always looking to switch things up and this one is right up my alley. Secondly, I have recently found Georgia Pellegrini blog ( I know I’m behind!) and love her work. And thanks so much for the mention, I’m totally flattered!

And for fries – I recently baked some French fries and sprinkled chat masala on it and very finely chopped coriander leaves. We LOVED it!


16 Marla July 17, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Kulsum, those fries you made sound neat. I do not know what chat masala is. I will need to look that up. I am thinking it is not as common as the garam masala. Probably need an Indian marketplace for that? I love a little bit of SP for my carbs…a little goes a long way with all that flavor. I am thinking you need to do a guest post about Indian food here some day 😉


17 Kulsum at JourneyKitchen July 18, 2011 at 3:42 am

Chat masala is pretty easy to get in an Indian store. Its a sour, earthy and salty spice mix widely used on snacks (also fruits salads) generally. Anything potato loves chat masala as it adds a kick to it. Its GOOD stuff :-) And guest post? Any time, I would love to!


18 Marla July 18, 2011 at 6:05 am

Thanks for that info Kulsum. I will look for that chat masala. Interesting that it is also used on fruits….I am working on my blog schedule so we can talk about when you can come on over here.


19 yummychunklet July 17, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Your curry aioli looks and sounds amazing! Can’t wait to try it.


20 Divya Yadava July 17, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Neat idea! These look amazing!


21 Mariko July 17, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Wow. That fry sounds incredible.
I love those blogs too! I’m really craving some Indian food right now.


22 Alissa July 17, 2011 at 5:25 pm

I love finding new ways to enjoy sweet potatoes! thanks :)


23 Angie July 17, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Yummy yummy yummy! This reminds me of a nasty treat from Quebec in Canada called poutine. French fries and a mayo aioli mixture. Heart attack on a plate. Your recipe is way more flavorful and good for you!
Once you have a sweet Potato you can’t go back to an ordinary potato.
Love love love the photos!


24 Marla July 17, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Angie, I have heard of Poutine, but never tried it. Think I will stick with my healthy version 😉 Would LOVE to get over to Quebec though…


25 The Healthy Apple July 17, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Love your blog and love these beautiful pictures. Such a fabulous recipe for a summertime picnic. You have a great blog and I can’t wait to see more of your tasty recipes! Yummmy.


26 Marla July 17, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Thanks so much Ava! Looking forward to seeing you around here :)


27 Laura @ SweetSavoryPlanet July 17, 2011 at 8:51 pm

I really don’t care too much for baked sweet potatoes or the classic Thanksgiving day casserole, but spice them up and make fries out of them and you can’t keep me away. Nice Recipe.


28 Marla July 17, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Laura, I love them any which way – but baked as fries are my favorite!


29 susan July 17, 2011 at 10:46 pm

such a great idea to use indian spices for your seasoning. I always use chili powder, but the idea of a little garam masala – mmm mmm good! way to go, Marla. thanks for always inspiring me!


30 Jenny Flake July 18, 2011 at 6:11 am

Look at this!! Love how you styled your fries so perfectly, makes me want to pack up a picnic right now :) Gorgeous girl, have a great week!


31 Amanda July 18, 2011 at 6:15 am

Genius!! Those look amazingly delicious!


32 Kiran @ July 18, 2011 at 6:17 am

Marla, those fries looks so delish – nicely spiced with garam masala. I agree with Kulsum on using chat masala. You can get it in and Indian ethnic or grocery shops. It’s readily available. And so delicious sprinkled on everything!


33 Marla July 18, 2011 at 6:45 am

Thanks Kiran, I will be on the lookout for it. I must try now that you 2 ladies with amazing taste have recommended :)


34 Lauren at Keep It Sweet July 18, 2011 at 6:56 am

These fries look amazing, what a creative idea!


35 Kate@Diethood July 18, 2011 at 7:49 am

Marla, this is brilliant!! Love the aioli, especially!


36 Amanda N July 18, 2011 at 9:46 am

Wow! Since I just successfully made my very own tikka last week, I think I’m an Indian food expert, right? So of course I’m going to try this recipe. Well done you, those look amazing!


37 HeatherChristo July 18, 2011 at 11:43 am

Great flavor combo for fries Marla!


38 Aggie July 18, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Loving this sweet potato fry flavor Marla! Yum!


39 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 18, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Oh my gosh do these ever make my mouth water! Fabulous job with the spices. I love your photography too. Makes me want to go on a picnic (or better yet, feel like I’ve been on one!)


40 Molly Chester July 18, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Oh my… those sound great! And what cute packaging! BTW, I can’t wait to get you out to the farm. As soon as I am out from underneath the beginning of this huge undertaking. John’s back in August. I’m guessing Sept will be a great month for a trip. Definitely bring the kids – they’ll love it! :)


41 Hayley @ Oat Couture July 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Ahh I have one weekend away from blogging and I nearly miss these little beauties!! :O Love sweet potato but always seem to fail when trying to turn them into fries, will be trying these for sure! :)


42 Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets July 18, 2011 at 5:44 pm

I LOVE sweet potato fries and with that curry aioli I’d be afraid to finish off the whole batch all by my lonesome ;o


43 Marla July 18, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Xialou, it is difficult to practice restrain with these fries. I have been dipping everything in that aioli. I love it with chicken kebabs too.


44 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen July 19, 2011 at 12:36 am

Great flavor idea, and I love those little stripped fry holders you used!


45 Marla July 19, 2011 at 6:14 am

Thanks Sylvie, actually cut little circus themed bags in half for those little baggies :) Glad you like ’em.


46 Prerna@IndianSimmer July 19, 2011 at 1:21 am

Nom Nom Nom.. You know I love you right? I have even publicly displayed that then why do you need to cook up something like this for me to fall in love with you all over again? :-)
Curry powder and garam masala both? Me likey! Specially love that aioli you made. I would sprinkle a little chaat powder and some red pepper flakes over my fries with some ginger cooler on the side. YUM!!
Oh, and thanks for the shout out you gorgeous lady!!


47 Marla July 19, 2011 at 6:16 am

Hi Prerna, since I posted this a few readers have recommended the chaat powder. I will now be on the hunt for that. I like the idea of all the little sprinkles & embellishments on the top. Thanks for stopping by :)


48 Prerna@IndianSimmer July 19, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Awesome! then you might like my next post 😉


49 Nancy@acommunaltable July 19, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Love this combination Marla – huge fan of indian food!!!


50 Casey July 19, 2011 at 6:00 pm

This looks absolutely incredible. I love fries. I love sweet potatoes. It was destined!


51 Jeanette July 19, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Marla, love the Indian spice mix you came up with for this sweet potato fry challenge!


52 Shelby July 20, 2011 at 2:52 am

The curry aioli really draws me in and serving with the sweet potato fries is just mouthwatering!


53 Marla July 20, 2011 at 5:20 am

Thanks Shelby! I am in love with that aioli :)


54 Dan July 21, 2011 at 5:45 am

oh my. I’ve never had luck making sweet potato fries, and your spice combination and dip are super-super tempting.

I guess the cornstarch with the spices helps them stick or keeps the outside crunchy?

I’ve got to try this! Thanks for sharing.


55 Marla July 21, 2011 at 5:53 am

Hi Dan! Honestly I did not feel there was much difference using the arrowroot powder or cornstarch. Everyone I compared notes with agree that it is really tough to crisp up a sweet potato fry. My recommendation is to enjoy them straight out of the oven. That is when the will be the crispiest. Over here we love them even once they lose that crisp. The flavor is addictive! Good luck & let me know if you find a way to keep them crunchy – without frying.


56 Dan July 21, 2011 at 6:29 am

I will!

I do recall reading about someone who used panko breadcrumbs on their fries (and baked them). Dunno if the fries themselves turned out crunchy, but the panko must’ve made the outside a little crispier.


57 Tickled Red July 24, 2011 at 8:54 am

These look sooo nummy! I adore the photos of your monkeys having a dress up picnic :) There’s nothing like fashion, the outdoors and great fries to make a day perfect.


58 Casey September 10, 2011 at 3:43 pm

YUM! I’ve always wanted to make my own sweet potato fries, they seem so healthy! These look super tasty, thanks for the recipe :)


59 anshu March 25, 2012 at 2:08 am

I love you.


60 Gingerbi November 29, 2012 at 9:05 am

I tried this yesterday evening. It came out really well. The dish was empty within minutes. Thank You so much for the reipe


61 Marla November 29, 2012 at 10:35 am

That is awesome news!!! Thanks so much for sharing :)


62 Jordan March 26, 2013 at 9:03 pm

I just wanted to thank you for such inspiring recipes! I had the best time shopping for a few of your recipes today! This one was on the menu tonight and it was so yummy. I did add some fresh basil and parsley from my garden as well as lemon to the aioli and used Greek yogurt instead of mayo… Incredible! Best sweet potato fries Ive had yet! Thank you for inspiring me to eat well and take more time in the kitchen <3


63 Marla March 27, 2013 at 3:04 am

Thanks for your super sweet comment! So glad you enjoyed these SP fries. Best of luck trying more recipes. The basil was a great twist, as was the yogurt.


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