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Batata Harra: Spicy fried potatoes

Batata Harra are probably the hottest fried potatoes in the Levant! With harissa, garlic and coriander you ignite a real firework of flavors in just a few steps - promised!

Fried potatoes - my favorite vice

Honestly, who doesn't love French fries or fried potatoes? Fat and carbohydrates - love it!
Especially in fall and winter, little calorie bombs like these are perfect, right? OR?

Bata Harra is an absolute feel-good food for me. Golden brown and crispy roasted potato cubes meet spicy harissa, garlic and aromatic coriander. If you want to make a nice dip to go with it, I highly recommend Muhammara or the Lebanese version of aioli called Toum.

The dish unfortunately does not promote me to the feel-good figure, BUT but Batata Harra touches my soul! Although the small spicy potato cubes are rather served in small bowls with other delicacies as part of a mezze, but you can also easily conjure up a large portion to satiety.

Perfect for any mezze table!

But well, if you serve Batata Harra, the spicy potatoes actually go incredibly well with tabouleh, hummus, labneh and fresh pita bread. There's just nothing like variety - and that's exactly what a Mezze-table.

Batata Harra is actually made by deep frying the potatoes and then pan frying them again with harissa, garlic and fresh cilantro. I have adapted the recipe a bit: So you don't have to deep fry anymore, you can just roast the potatoes really well in the oven or in the hot air fryer with less oil. This really does not detract from the taste!

So once you've diced the potatoes, just give them a good dab of olive oil and let them roast away while you take care of the garlic, fresh cilantro and dip of your choice. Bon appetit!

Recipe for Batata Harra

batata harra served in small bowls on a gray background.
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Preparation time 10 minutes
Preparation time 30 minutes
Total time 40 minutes
Servings 2 People
Calories 218


  • 500 g Potatoes prew. waxy
  • 3 Garlic cloves
  • 1 bunch Coriander
  • 1 teaspoon Harissa according to taste also gladly more
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin
  • 4 Tablespoon Olive oil
  • Salt, pepper


  • Preheat oven to 200°C convection oven.
  • Peel the potatoes and cut into approx. 1.5 cm cubes.
  • Mix potato cubes with half of the oil, spread on a baking tray and bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes until crispy.
  • Chop the coriander.
  • Peel and finely chop the garlic.
  • Heat remaining olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and sauté harissa, cumin and garlic for 2 minutes.
  • Add baked potatoes to pan, toss once and season with salt and pepper.
  • Add the chopped coriander and toss again.

Tip: Dip your spicy fried potatoes in creamy muhammara - delicious!


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    Nutritional values

    Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 1079mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 46IU | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2mg

    Want to try more mezze specialties? Be sure to try the bean puree, the shrimp pan or the cheese rolls.

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    1. Batata Harra is a great dish.
      I have a small tip from my Lebanese aunt: when everything is ready, drizzle lemon juice over it.

      You have a great site here, it's really hard to find authentic Lebanese recipes.

      1. Hey Sami,
        Thanks for the great tip and the compliment 🙂 I'll try out your aunt's advice next time. I can already imagine it really well.

        Many greetings

    2. Oh man, I immediately get a hankering for Samke Harra ☺️ Will this also be followed by a recipe? 🙌 Thanks for the great recipes!

      1. Hey Amine,
        thank you very much 🙂
        Samke Harra will certainly come in the future 😀

        Kind regards

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