Down and Dirty Masala Smashed Potatoes

Crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, these Down and Dirty Masala Smashed Potatoes are a creative way to spice up a fan favorite. Make my recipe for Magic Masala Spice Mix up to 2 weeks ahead of time and keep in your fridge to pull out these potatoes for your next brunch.

Skillet with crispy Masala Spiced Mashed Potatoes

Watch the video of how to make here

Potato Lovers Unite!

If you are a fan of potatoes, the way I am, then this is the next best recipe for you! With the Magic Masala Mix recipe already made, this is a simple process of boiling and skillet frying potatoes. Drizzle with the spices and some fresh herbs and you will be in crispy-creamy heaven! It's like the perfect mix of roasted, fried, and mashed potatoes in one.

What you Need for Down and Dirty Smashed Potatoes

There's not much to get started. Here's a few tips for how I make these potatoes with great success.

  • Start with baby potatoes. Because you can't cut these potatoes, the smaller the potatoes the more tender they will be and the more evenly they'll cook so they don't fall apart
  • Use a great cast iron skillet for getting them crispy. Cast iron is perfect for potatoes because the thick heavy bottom holds and disperses the heat evenly, but also lets you get them crispy brown without burning
  • Have all your ingredients set aside and measured out ahead of time so that you're ready to go when the potatoes are ready
  • Use fresh herbs if possible. Fresh herbs give a light balance to the fragrant Indian spices.

The Best Potatoes for Smashed Potatoes

Baby potatoes, sometimes called "new potatoes" are potatoes that are harvested before they fully mature. Because of this, their skins are thinner, they have a higher water content, and are a little sweeter. When boiled, they keep a creamy texture on the inside making them the perfect choice for smashed potatoes. I just love biting through all the crispy edges and getting a taste of creamy, soft potato on the inside. Any potato can be harvested small, but I love the baby red potatoes for this recipe because they look striking when cooked.

The Health Benefits of Potatoes

I think that potatoes get a bad rap sometimes because carbs are often the bad guy of the dinner table. Although potatoes are carb heavy, they also have many beneficial ingredients for your health as well.

  • High in Vitamin C
  • High in Potassium
  • Help Lower Blood Pressure
  • 100% Cholesterol Free
  • Fight Infection?? Read this fascinating article on fighting infection with potatoes!


skillet of masala spiced smashed potatoes

Down and Dirty Masala Smashed Potatoes

Crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, these Down and Dirty Smashed Potatoes are a creative way to spice up a fan favorite.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Recipes- Sides
Cuisine Indian


  • 1 bag 24 oz baby red potatoes
  • 10 cups water
  • 3 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoon Magic Masala Spice Mix
  • 3 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoon chopped mint


  • Put the water and salt in a medium saucepot
  • Add the potatoes, whole, and turn the heat on to medium-high
  • Turn on a timer for 25 minutes
  • When the timer is done, the potatoes should be very tender, but still whole (not falling apart).  Drain the potatoes into a colander and let cool slightly until you can handle them with your bare hands.
  • Set a skillet on the stovetop over medium heat.
  • While the skillet is heating, prepare your potatoes.
  • Taking each potato, place on your work surface and gently press down with the palm of your hand to "smash" it.  The potato should still be held in one piece, but cracked open exposing the inside.
  • Pour the oil into your skillet and lay the potatoes down in one even layer.  Let cook for 2-3 minutes until golden brown on the underside.
  • Turn the potatoes over and drizzle the Magic Masala Spice Mix over the top, spreading out with the spoon if you need to.
  • Continue to cook and flip over until the potatoes are crispy and golden brown over the whole surface.
  • Turn off the heat and sprinkle with the cilantro and mint.  You can also add any other herbs as you see fit.



In my video I show finishing with wild mustard flowers.  As you get more comfortable with Indian spices, you can play with the ingredients you pair them with.  A fun trick is using the fresh herbs of the dry spices in your recipe (ie: fresh cilantro to go with the dry coriander, fresh mustard to go with the black mustard seed, etc...)
Keyword Masala, Masala Spice Mix, plant based, potatoes, Smashed Potatoes, vegan, vegan recipes
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