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Spicy potatoes (batata Harra) served in a copper dish garnished with parsley

Crispy & Golden Batata Harra (Arabic Potatoes)

This recipe for batata harra (or Arabic potatoes) is so delicious! These pan-fried potatoes are perfectly spiced — and a favorite simple side dish. The secret to extra delicious batata harra is to first boil the potatoes until they're soft. That will ensure a soft fluffy interior. Then pan-fry the potatoes to get them nice and crispy.
Course Sides
Cuisine middle eastern
Keyword Batata Harra, Lebanese Spicy Potatoes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1.5 lbs small red potatoes or use regular potatoes if you don't have baby potatoes - see notes
  • ¼ cup olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 3 large cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp coriander powder
  • ¼ tsp chilli flakes more per taste
  • ½ tsp dry dill optional
  • Handful fresh parsley
  • Juice of ½ lemon


  • Start by boiling the potatoes whole for about 10-15 mins until a fork can be inserted (but they are not overly soft)
  • Meanwhile finely chop the parsley and crush the garlic
  • Once boiled, rinse the potatoes to cool them, then chop into bite size pieces (I keep the peel on which is optional)
  • Heat the oil in a skillet on medium heat and add the garlic and chilli flakes and mix for a minute (make sure the garlic doesn't burn or brown too much)
  • Add the potatoes right into the pan and season with the salt, paprika, coriander, parsley and dill
  • Allow the potatoes to crisp up for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally to brown all sides
  • When they're ready, squeeze the lemon juice on top, and turn off the heat. Serve as a side and enjoy!



  • You can use large white or yellow potatoes, and cut them into bite size pieces (instead of the baby potatoes). Just be sure to adjust the boiling time, as they will need longer (closer to 30 minutes)
  • Replace the parsley with Cilantro if you like
  • Adjust the amount of chilli to your liking