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Lebanese Batata Harra: Fried Potatoes Sautéed with Coriander & Garlic

Lebanese Batata Harra is quite simple to make. It is served as part of an elaborate spread of hot and cold small starter dishes and appetizers, called “Maza,” “Mezza” or “Mezze” in Lebanon and the Levant. Alternatively, this recipe can be cooked as a side dish with certain Arabic-style mains like fried or grilled fish, or grilled meat and chicken skewers.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Keyword: Coriander, Garlic, Mezze, Potatoes, Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Author: Yaansoon Illustration + Art


  • 4 large potatoes cubed
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves minced
  • 1 bunch fresh coriander leaves chopped
  • A pinch of salt to taste
  • A pinch of freshly-cracked black pepper


  • Peel the potatoes and slice them into small cubes with a thickness of about 1 cm each.
  • Add a small pinch of salt to the potato cubes and set aside to allow them to release some of their liquid. This will add more crunch to the potatoes once shallow-fried.
  • Shallow-fry the potato cubes in 3 tablespoons of olive oil until golden and crispy. Alternatively, oven-fry them after par-boiling them and brushing them with olive oil, until they turn golden. Add a pinch of salt to the potatoes as desired. Set aside.
  • Rinse the fresh coriander, pick the“good” leaves, and discard the stems. Finely chop the leaves and dry on a paper towel.
  • Lightly heat a skillet or a shallow pan over low heat, add the olive oil and heat for a few seconds before adding in the minced garlic. Sauté the garlic over medium-low heat until it is fragrant for about 20 to 30 seconds.
  • Add the chopped coriander and sauté for a minute or so over medium heat until fragrant. Try not to overcook the coriander at this point to keep its succulent taste.
  • Add the fried potato cubes to the coriander-garlic sauté, stir until well mixed. Check if you like the saltiness of the potatoes and add a pinch of cracked black pepper to taste. Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes while stirring.
  • Serve hot with a slice of lemon on the side.