Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Aloo Pie | How to make Trinidad Aloo Pie

For the second day of Pick one do 3 or Pick 1 from each, I have opted to pick one dish from each of the three lists I had given. Today it is going to be List of Potato Dishes.

Now I am sure we already have so many potato dishes to talk about and so I had a tough time seeing which one I could make and enjoy. I ended up with the first ones I can lay my eyes on. It was Aloo Pie, a dish from Trinidad and Tobago. I remember Mir talking about it and then I even remember checking it out for my International Cuisine.

Since I had a good dish for country starting with T, I left this out. Now was the best time to make it I decided. I landed here to check out how it was made. It was very much our Samosa, differently made. I knew I had to line up all my deep fried dishes at the same time, to avoid heating up the oil so many times.
Imagine making so many and skipping our lunch as such. After the heavy Bread Bhatura I served for breakfast, the vegetarians in the house couldn't manage anything else. Of course all other fried dishes on the line, ensured we don't plan for anything more. Amma said the Bhaturas were so filling and she just has to skip her lunch as well. I told her all these will only be a sampling and continued making it.

Kids enjoyed these Aloo Pie for their evening snacks, and I got some for my colleagues as well. They were asking why I shaped it this way and why the potato was not as spicy. I said it is from a different country and I followed the recipe. Anyway in the end, it is fried and has potato. So that should be enough for most people.

Aloo Pie

Ingredients Needed:

For the outer layer

All purpose flour - 1 cup
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp

For the Potato Filling

Boiled, mashed potato - 1 cup
Salt to taste
Pepper powder - 1 tsp
Cumin powder - 1 tsp

Oil for frying

How to make the Aloo Pie

Take the flour in a bowl, add salt, baking powder and slowly add water to knead to a stiff dough. Keep it aside.

For the filling, slash potato and MW for 5 mins, peel and mash using a fork. Add salt, cumin powder, pepper powder and mix well.

For making the Aloo pie

Pinch out equal balls, dust and roll out thin discs. Using your 6" cookie cutter, cut out circles.

On one side, place a teaspoon of filling and close the other side over the filling and seal well. Then press using the fork to get the design.

When the oil is hot, slide into the pies and cook on low flame till it's done.

Drain on a kitchen towel and serve with sauce.


Since we are not adding any fat, the out layer tends to get soggy when it's cooled down.

Also ensure the sides are sealed well, else it will open up as shown in the picture.

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Chef Mireille said...

glad you got a chance to try this and liked it but the recipe used is a very mild version usually we put the Scotch Bonnet pepper in the filling (habanero) and that gives it more heat.

Ruchi Indu said...

sounds very easy

Srividhya said...

you made the recipe very simple. Lovely

Varadas Kitchen said...

I really like the idea of this shape with potato filling. I wonder if I could bake it, I will just have to try.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

You have made it perfectly and this is such a doable recipe :)

Padmajha PJ said...

I too remember looking up one such recipe for our intl BM. This will be a hit with my kids- fried, has potato and no spice!!

Priya Srinivasan said...

I too bookmarked this for the potato week valli, but then skipped and did latkes! Looks delicious, would be a delight when served straight from the stove!!!!

Jayanthi said...

Bookmarked this recipe...they've come out perfect. Love all your crunchies ....wish I could grab some from the screen.

Priya Suresh said...

Potato pie looks absolutely fantastic Valli, if i make them i wont stop munching..

sneha datar said...

Tempting aloo pies.

Harini-Jaya R said...

Love these pies. I have tried baking these as well and they turn out good too..

Suma Gandlur said...

Must have been yummy. I was just wondering if they were baked when I saw the first image.

Pavani N said...

Those look like our kajjikayalu with a savory filling. Good one.

Nalini's Kitchen said...

As Suma said even I had a thought, its baked...Aloo pie looks so yummy and sounds interesting...

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