14 Jul 2014

Spicy Potato Pasties

I love fusion cooking. A bit of east meets west, and everyone is a winner. My spicy potato pasties are just that. Masala aloo (spicy potato) in a puff pastry case. The best of both worlds in a very edible combination.
Spicy Potato Pasties
I am also a huge believer in convenience cooking. If I need to incorporate a shop-bought ingredient in my cooking, I will. It is all fine saying, "Oh, I am a fabulous cook. I make everything from scratch." But when you have a toddler supervising your every move and offering invaluable help in the kitchen, some things are best taken out of a packet.

Like puff pastry, for instance. I hold up my hands and confess that the puff pastry used in this recipe is shop-bought. But the flavours that go in it are all mine. And the end-result is something I have yet to come across on any supermarket shelf.

Here is how I make my spicy potato pasties.

For the spicy potato filling:
500 grams potatoes
2 medium-sized tomatoes, finely chopped
1/2 medium-sized onion, finely chopped
1 tsp cumin powder
2 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp clove powder
1/2 tsp black pepper powder
2 tsp lemon juice
salt to taste

For the pastry cases:
500 grams puff pastry
flour for dusting
1 tsp cooking oil to grease the baking sheet

Boil, peel and coarsely chop the potatoes. The resulting pieces should not be too chunky. It they are, the masala will not coat them evenly, and you will be left with chunks of bland potato interspersed with the spiced ones.

Add all the other ingredients from the 'spicy potato filling' list above to the potatoes and mix everything to ensure even distribution of all the spices.

Spicy Potato Pasties - making the filling
Quarter the puff pastry into smaller pieces. I usually get 16 chunks from a 500 gram block of puff pastry.

Roll out each piece individually into a largish rectangle. Use liberal dustings of flour on your rolling surface and pin or you will end up with a rather sticky pastry mess.

Spoon out a generous amount of the spicy potato mix into the centre of the rolled out puff pastry.

Spicy Potato Pasties - spoon the filling into the pastry
Now bring the edges of the pastry together to almost resemble a taco. I tend to pick up the pastry in the palm of my hand at this stage and press the edges together to make sure they stick.

Spicy Potato Pasties - stick the pastry edges to make a case
Place the finished pasty on a baking sheet greased with some cooking oil. Do not forget to score the pastry case a couple of times.

Repeat the process with the remaining puff pastry quarters.

Spicy Potato Pasties - ready to be baked
Bake the spicy potato pasties in the centre of a fan-assisted oven at 200 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until the tops go golden brown.

Serve hot with a dollop of mint and yogurt raita.

Spicy Potato Pasties

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  1. These look delicious! I love fusion food too! x

  2. What a great idea, I always look for things like this as I too am a big believer in fusion cooking! This would make a fab after school snack..thank you :) X

  3. These look fab, perfect for picnics and days out

  4. I've never bothered to make puff pastry either - life is far too short and busy! Great combination of spices for the filling.

  5. That looks lovely and something I need to try!

  6. They look great - I'm going to try this with free from pastry.... it often crumbles but will let you know if I succeed!

  7. Yep, I like the sound of these. Love spices in my food :-)

  8. I bet these smell and taste fantastic. Must try making some.

  9. These pasties sound really delicious! I'm huge fan of anything and everything with potatoes in it. I just love them, lol

  10. OOO yummy! I am a big pie and pasty fan and these look delicious

  11. Looks good, Vaidehi!

    Sometimes I use this recipe as well: http://www.manjulaskitchen.com/2013/10/20/samosa-pinwheels/

    Instead of making the dough from scratch, I use puff pastry sheets. Tastes delicious and saves me trouble of frying samosas.

  12. They look delicious... I love pasties... :)

  13. I too use shop bought puff pastry - lifes too short and it means I can concentrate on delicious fillings! These sounds really yummy x

  14. These look delicious - adding puff pastry to my shopping list as we speak and saving this to Evernote :-)

  15. These sound delicious and like proper comfort food! Yummy!! x

  16. As a busy mum, i'm all for convenience cooking. LOVE the look of these xxx

  17. Yum, yum, YUM, these look delicious!! Might get OH to make these this weekend!

  18. Oh they sound and look simply mouth watering and I am with you on the convenience 100% x

  19. These look yummy! Lots of lovely spices.

  20. I think my fussy lot would love these!

  21. These look amazing, so tasty and perfect for teatime snacks.

  22. That really is the best of both worlds! Pinning so I don't lose the recipe :)

  23. This sound delicious! I always use ready made puff pastry, it's great when you don't have the time to clean up a flour explosion (I'm such a messy baker even when my son isn't helping. #PoCoLo

  24. ooh these look fab, I'll defo try them soon! x

  25. Filling looks so awesome! i love spicy food as its just feels good in the inside to eat =) #pocolo

  26. These look really delicious. I'm going to make them :)

  27. Oooh these look delicious! Need to get my husband in the kitchen I think! x x x


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