Heat a large skillet over moderate heat until hot. Add the meat and saute, stirring, until lightly browned, about 2 to 3 minutes. In a separate pan heat the tomato sauce.
For the French fried potatoes: Peel the potatoes and cut them into strips. Soak them in water for 20 minutes to get rid of the excess starch. Drain and dry them really well with paper towels. In a deep large saucepan heat 2 to 3 inches of the safflower oil to 365 F. Fry the potatoes in small batches, until they turn golden. Transfer them as they are done to a paper towel lined tray and sprinkle them with salt while they are still hot.
For the yoghurt sauce: Keep the yoghurt at room temperature. In the mortar crush the fresh thyme with some salt until thyme is smashed and its green color can be seen; then mix with the yoghurt.
To serve: arrange the potatoes on the bottom of each plate, put yoghurt sauce on top of it and then the meat. Finally pour the sauce over the top and garnish with thyme sprigs.
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