Posts Tagged ‘peas’

Shepherd’s Pie with Indian Flavors

It seems more complicated than it actually is!

Filling Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil of choice
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced (I substituted a zucchini for one carrot this time)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 1 cup peas (I substituted 1 cup chopped fresh green beans this time)
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup broth (I used 1/2 cup apple juice and 1/2 cup broth this time)
  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder

Topping Ingredients:

  • 2lbs potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili sauce

What To Do:

  • Cube the potatoes and boil them in a large pot over medium heat until soft enough to mash.
  • Meanwhile, chop your other veggies.  In a large pan, heat the oil and add the sweet potatoes, carrots, garlic, and green onions.  Saute for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the broth, peas, cilantro, salt, spices, and arrowroot. Cover and cook about 10 minutes.
  • Your potatoes might be done now.  Drain them and add the rest of the ingredients on the list.  Mash very well and set aside (allowing the topping to cool is a good idea).
  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Spread veggie saute in a 9×13 baking pan.
  • Top with mashed potato mix.
  • Bake about 25 minutes, or until the top of the potato mixture turns a very light golden color.

Enjoy!  Use seasonal veggies when you can!

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Aloo Tikki

The original recipe:

Filling:

  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • ½ cup green peas (boiled)
  • 3 tablespoon coriander (cilantro) leaves (chopped)
  • 2 fresh green chili (seeded and chopped) (adjust according to preference)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • salt to taste

Outer Cover of Patty:

  • 2 cups potatoes or aloo (mashed)
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • ½ red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice
  • salt to taste

Preparation

Outer cover for the Patty:

Add garam masala, red pepper, lemon juice and salt to mashed potatoes. Knead the mixture thoroughly.

Method

  • Divide potatoes mixture into 24 equal balls.
  • Flatten each ball in the greased palm and put one tablespoon of filling on the flattened ball. Close it with another the potato ball and flatten it to patty.
  • Repeat for each patty.
  • Heat a tawa or frying pan and grease it with oil.
  • Put patties in the pan and heat over medium heat until light brown. Turn over (with a flat spatula) and heat on the other side.

My Version (made it with what I had):

First of all, WHO ON GOD’S GREEN EARTH CAN KNEAD MASHED POTATOES?  I demand to know.  I want to meet them and watch them do this magical action I keep reading about in recipes.  Mashed potatoes are STICKY.  You will be wearing mashed potato gloves if you try to knead this.

Filling:

  • 2 green onions, chopped from root to tip
  • 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 3 tablespoons diced parsley
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black lava salt

Outer:

  • 2 cups mashed potatoes  (about 3 med/big potatoes)
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Preparation

Outer cover for the Patty:

Put all ingredients into Kitchen Aid mixer and beat until smooth.

Method

  • Divide potato mixture into balls.  Sort of.  I ended up with mashed potato gloves (see above).
  • Really Important Tip: rub your hands down with olive oil before making each patty.
  • Flatten each ball and put one tablespoon of filling on the flattened ball. Close it with another the potato ball and flatten it to patty.  Or try to.  Give it your best.  Who cares if it all comes flying out?
  • Repeat for each patty.
  • Heat a frying pan and grease it with oil.
  • Wish with all your might that you had a LEVEL STOVE TOP so your oil would stop spilling off one side.
  • Put patties in the pan and heat over medium heat until light brown. Turn over (with a flat spatula) and heat on the other side.

Next time:

  • Heat oven to 400F
  • Grease a cookie sheet and place patties on it
  • Lightly brush oil on top of patties
  • Bake until golden brown, turn over, bake until other side is golden brown

For the record: I ate them all in one sitting.