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Spicy Smashed Potatoes - Air Fryer Aloo Tuk

This Spicy Smashed Potatoes - Air Fryer Aloo Tuk recipe will deliver the most perfect potatoes – crispy and spicy on the outside, fluffy inside.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 43 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, North Indian, Sindhi
Servings 3


  • Air Fryer


  • 1.5 pounds baby potatoes (roughly 12 to 13 baby potatoes)
  • 4 cups water (for boiling potatoes)
  • 2 tbsp oil of choice
  • 1 tsp mango powder   (amchur/amchoor powder)
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp salt (divided)
  • 3/4 tsp red chili powder (cayenne pepper)



  • Scrub the baby potatoes clean if dirty and rinse them under running water. Remove and discard any sprouting areas.
  • Place the potatoes in a large Dutch oven or soup pot with 4 cups water and 1 tsp salt. The water should cover the potatoes by an inch.
  • Cook the potatoes until soft – It should take around 15 to 20 minutes. The potatoes should be firm and not mushy, however when you pierce a fork in it should go through. Drain the water and set them aside.
  • Generously grease a tray, cookie sheet, or an aluminum foil with oil. Next, place the potatoes on the greased tray. Then use a potato masher or the back of a glass to squish them, keeping them in one piece. Thin EQUALS crisper. They need to be about ¼ inch thick.
  • Brush each potato generously with oil.


  • Working in batches, place the potatoes in the air fryer basket a single layer. Cook in the Air Fryer at 400°F for 18 minutes or until the inner part in tender and the top is crisp. Every air fryer is different so please start checking after the 15-minute mark.
  • When the potatoes are cooking, make your spice mix by mixing dry mango powder, 1/2 tsp salt and red chili powder (cayenne pepper). And set it aside.
  • When done carefully transfer the air fried potatoes to a bowl. Moreover, sprinkle the spice mix on the potatoes and coat the potatoes well with the spice mix.
  • Serve warm as an appetizer/snack or even with lentils and rice.


  • On a scale of 1 to 5 in terms of spice levels I would place this dish at 3.5 with 1 being low and 5 being high. You can increase or reduce the amount of red chili powder depending on your heat tolerance.
  • Every air fryer is different so please check whether the potatoes are done after the 15 minute mark.
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