Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Incredible Indian Potato Pie

On these cold winter nights, comfort food is essential for survival and feeling good.  Thank you very much to Mom who sampled this recipe and sent it to me.  My bestie, Lori, and I whipped this up on a chilly Saturday night in Austin and we couldn't stop eating it.  The original recipe can be found at:  http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1039649/indian-potato-pie.  You can easily modify it and add more tasty ingredients.

Preheat oven to 375F.
Cook 1 large russet potato and 2 large sweet potatoes until soft:  boil or microwave.

Saute in a pan with some olive oil:
1 onion
2 teaspoons ground cumin
4 garlic cloves
1 red chili pepper
1 thumb sized piece of chopped ginger
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon salt
cooked potatoes, chopped into large chunks

Add in some water (1 cup) and 1 cup frozen peas.  Bring to a boil, then let simmer while you prepare the pastry.

Line a pie pan with sheets of filo dough brushed with butter (approximately 14 sheets).  Scoop potato mixture into the pan.  Cover with sheets of filo dough brushed with butter (14 sheets).  Tuck the edges of the top and bottom sheets together.  Poke several slits into the top of the pastry, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with poppy seeds.  Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until pastry is browned and flaky.

Served here with some sauteed cabbage.  Awesome pie, made by some awesome girls, who had an awesome weekend : )