Food, as we know, is not just about nutrition. Food is what differentiates us from other species and – after a great lunch – makes us happy. With time, food has evolved. From eating raw fruit to lavish, slow-cooked meals, we have come a long way. We added flavors, ingredients, textures and made literally millions of dishes.

But I am going to talk about something everyone loves: French fries . We have all had them at fast food restaurants or at home.

Who introduced these golden strips of goodness to the world? It’s generally accepted that the French fry was invented by the Belgians. Made up of carbohydrates and fat, they were used as a poor man's substitute for fried fish. Americans, through fast food chains, eventually introduced fries to the rest of the non-European world. 

Salted fries with sauce and soda are always tempting. McDonald's French fries , according to the company, have as many as 19 ingredients. Mind you, kids always insist on getting their fries. Hoping to cash in on the craze, businesses around the world are constantly working on potatoes. When served hot, either soft or crispy, they are yum-yum. But you can include vinegar, mayonnaise or black pepper. Although the traditional thinly cut style is popular worldwide, curly fries are also delicious.

Eating fires at a restaurant is one thing. Making them at home is another. Here is a simple way:

  • If your mother is strict, make sure you buy a new packet of vegetable oil
  • Buy potatoes from a good place
  • Peel the potatoes
  • The fries should be about 3 inches long
  • Transfer fries to a bowl of cold water
  • Transfer to the fridge for about 30 minutes
  • Heat the oil
  • Cook the potatoes in the oil for 6 to 8 minutes, or until they turn golden
  • Remove the fries
  • Return the fries to the oil and cook until the fries are golden brown and crispy
  • Serve right away with salt and sauce