Spanish Tapas

29 Jun

Patatas Bravas

Patatas Aioli

We wanted to try our first Tapa in Spain, but had no idea before about tapas. There were lot of small retaurants in Barcelona on the road side which were named as Bars. We tried our first tapas in one of these Restaurant. Tapas is a small sized snack and can be had before meal or along with meal.  Tapas can be had as  starter or an appetizer. Spanish Omelette and Garlic shrimp is among  the popular Tapas .

The two dishes which I have posted here is nearly same, only the sauce topping is different. Patatas Bravas is topped with tomato puree sauce and Patatas alioli is topped with Mayonnaise sauce. Bravas and Alioli  where tasting great with the fried potatoes.

Ingredients for the potato base:

  1. Potato – 3 medium, peeled and cut in to bite size pieces
  2. Olive oil – 5 Tbs
  3. Garlic – 5 cloves, minced
  4. Salt for the potatoes

For Bravas sauce :

  1. Olive oil – 1tsp
  2. Tomato puree – 1/2 cup
  3. Chilli flakes – 1/2 tsp
  4. Salt a little
  5. Oregano – 1/2  tsp, dried

For Aioli sauce: Mayonnaise sauce

  1. Egg yolk – 1
  2. Olive oil – 1/2 cup or any vegetable oil
  3. Lemon juice – 1 Tbs
  4. Salt – 1/4 tsp

Method for potato base:

1. Add the oil to the hot pan and shallow fry the potatoes. Add salt and garlic and cook till the potatoes are soft. approx 15 – 20 min.

( You can also serve the potatoes at this point. It tastes wonderful.)

Method for Bravas sauce:

1. Add oil to the hot pan and add tomato puree, chili flakes and salt and let it cook for 15 minutes. Cover it with lid and cook.

2. Add the oregano when it is done.

Method for Aioli sauce : Mayonnaise sauce

1. Add the egg yolk and start whisking, slowly add the oil and continue. Add the lemon juice and salt and do whisking .

you can see the sauce gets thickening . you can also refrigerate it and use it later.

Tip: Adding more olive oil may sometimes makes the sauce bitter. So it is better to add few spoons of olive oil and remaining with vegetable oil.


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  1. Priya

    June 29, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Both dishes looks fantastic and droolworthy..i’ll go definitely for patates alioli, makes me hungry..

  2. Suman Singh

    June 29, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    both the dishes sounds quite new to me…but it looks delicious…love anything with potatoes..yumm..

  3. Sushma Mallya

    June 29, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    sounds interesting but easy to do as well….looks yum sri

  4. arthi

    June 30, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    both the dishes sounds interesting.Thanks for sharing!!

  5. praniskitchen

    June 30, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    hi sridevi .wow what a delicious tapas looks so yummy nice dish for potato lovers like me..well explained liked the homemade mayonnaise..good one

  6. Treat and Trick

    July 1, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Both dishes are delicious though never tasted one, seems easy to prepare….

  7. Nithu

    July 3, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    This is new to me. Must try this one…

  8. Suja Sugathan

    July 6, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Both dishes sounds delicious and fantastic recipe..must try this.

  9. Raks

    July 6, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Very new to me,nice recipe!

  10. latha

    July 10, 2010 at 5:14 am

    Both the dishes sounds likely, i dont like potatoes,but this tempts me to eat., very good preparation.