1lbPotatoesPrefer using a mix of gold and red potatoes - baby potatoes or small to medium size!
2teaspoonssaltadjust to taste!
1teaspoongarlic powderprefer using powder vs. fresh garlic (latter burns)
1teaspoonred chili powder
Wash the potatoes thoroughly (because you'll eat the skin too!). If you're using medium sized potatoes, quarter them. If using small (golf ball or smaller sized) potatoes, boil them as-is. Cover the potatoes with salted water with a teaspoon of turmeric in a large pot, and cook on medium-high heat for about 20 minutes to boil the potatoes. Check after 15 minutes - if a fork passes easily through the potatoes, they are done. If not, cook until they're done.
Preheat your oven to 425F (use the roast setting if available) - or preheat your air fryer to 400F.
Add a teaspoon each of garlic powder and red chili powder to 3 tablespoons of olive oil and mix well using a fork. I prefer mixing them before sprinkling on the potatoes since they coat better this way. See next step if you prefer to season separately!
Once the potatoes are cooked, drain the water and cool them completely, and add to a mixing bowl. Whisk the olive oil mixture once more and pour half of it on the potatoes and coat them well using your hands or a fork. If using an air fryer, you can pour all the oil on potatoes. Alternative: If you don't want to make an oil mixture, start by pouring half the olive oil on the potatoes and coat them well. Then add the spices and make sure the potatoes are fully coated.
Place the potatoes on a baking sheet. Using a fork or a masher (or even a glass) - smash the potatoes softly. You want to make sure the skin loosens and breaks, and the end potato is about ½ an inch thick. See pictures in post for details.
Baking: If baking, arrange them on the baking sheet with sufficient space and drizzle the remaining oil on top to your liking. Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes, flipping halfway through. Air Frying: If air-frying, transfer the potatoes into the air fryer basket or sheet with sufficient spacing. Air fry for about 20 flipping halfway through to your desired crispiness!
You can either enjoy this as-is, or top with fresh herbs and some more salt and pepper as well as fresh grated cheese!
Roast times really do depend on the air fryer and the oven you're using, I suggest checking in 10 minute increments to make sure the crispiness is to your desired levels!
Ideally, you want potatoes the size of golf balls. You could make these with larger sizes, but in that case, I suggest chopping them into halves, so you can still get a crispy thin layer!
I wouldn't suggest using fresh herbs or garlic when you're loading up the potatoes - they just burn in the oven and the taste is really bitter!