Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Poutine/ Fries and Gravy from Canada


Welcome to day 3 on The Blogging Marathon “Around the World in 30 Days”!

Let’s stop at alphabet C today…

Actually I had planned a different Country beginning with C, cooked it too but then Canada kept popping in my head continuously!

My fascination was because I heard my teacher talk about the country from inside the class when we were doing world geography. Either she forgot to throw me out or gave up on me realizing that I will never be able to draw maps to her satisfaction! Then there were Mills n Boon and instead of reading the antics of the fair damsel and the dark hero and the villain thrown in I used to love to read about the countryside….!!

 Gastronomically I got interested since Manali went to Canada for a year long course.  Vivek, her husband and she told me about warm people who live there and the different foods, authentic food available not like our Indo- Chinese, they have described the Japanese etc. food available too.

So C-Canada naturally won out!

The girls were of course thrilled especially since we have decided to do street foods, generally.

For Canada I choose a simple dish Poutine

Basically fries and gravy and it has been the bane of my cooking this time. I have had to make it 3 times now before I got pictures because the girls loved it so much that they have finished it as soon as my back turned. 

The last time I was so irritated and in so much of a hurry to click so this picture is taken after it was dark and the gravy was steaming and in a hurry.

Poutine (Fries and Gravy)

Cuisine: Canada

Recipe Source:


  • tblspn butter
  • tblspn  whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 kg /4-5 potatoes, peeled and cut
  • ¼ kg  fresh cheese curd( I used paneer)

  •  Peel (I never do) the potatoes and cut in batons.
  • In pot add salt and   bring to a boil.
  • Add the potatoes and blanch for 4 minutes.  Transfer to an ice bath.
  • Remove, drain and dry completely.
  • Fry the potato chips until golden brown.
  • Drain on paper towels.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • In a kadhai/wok    over low heat, combine the butter and flour.
  •  Stir until till you get a nice aroma.  Cook for 12 to 15 minutes for a dark roux.
  • Stir in the stock.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Bring the liquid to a boil.

 To serve:
  • Transfer the fries into the individual bowls.
  • Spoon the gravy over the fries and crumble the paneer.
  • Serve immediately.

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  1. Very different dish from Canada, looks fabulous,lovely choice Archana.

  2. Looks delicious Archana, How you guys find time to blog everyday.

  3. That's quite interesting one Archana, never thought they would also add the potato just like that..:)..and yes even I used to be fascinated with the countries the heroes and heroines used to travel..

  4. I have heard so much about these fries but never tried them. Should do it now

  5. That is very unique and interesting potato dish !

  6. I am the opposite. Somehow I have a phobia towards the peel and never use unpeeled potatoes. :)
    Fries are tempting and that gravy is new.

  7. Never tried fried with a gravy. I am enjoying your street food around the world. Can't wait to see what you whipped up for rest of the countries.

  8. Those sure are addictive. I'll probably like your daughters right behind you to eat them up.

  9. Fries and gravy. .ain't that interesting. .fries are always a hot favourite. .the roux also sounds delicious with those ingredients. .topping with cheese. that is a stunning recipe.

  10. These will be very popular at home if I prepare. With the cheese on top this sounds like something for my family.

  11. Simple but a different recipe nice one...

  12. Simple but a different recipe nice one...

  13. even i get drifted thinkign about the country side and the food elements even in a Mills and Boon...we are so equally mad...:) this curry i am not sure if is from canada...but it is good , coz i really did not find much to eat out there :)

  14. Somehow M&B was never my kind of books ! This dish looks like it will be a hot at home!

  15. The gravy sounds very easy and the combination of fried potatoes with gravy looks so inviting..

  16. Very addictive & comforting dish..

  17. Wow! This sounds like a piece from heaven! I'm sure to love this one...poutine, here I come!


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