Aloo Pie

Maggi makes the most unbelievable West Indian food. She is from Trinidad and I have to say that her Trini food trumps all!!! A lot of the dishes she makes crosses over with Indian food but with a great twist. Her Aloo Pie (Potato Pie) is one of my favorites . It reminds me of a flattened out samosa. It can be eaten with any chutney – I love it with Kuchela (mango spicy chutney) and hot pepper sauce made with scotch bonnets. You can buy both Kuchela and Pepper Sauce in any West Indian grocery – try the brand Matouks.

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Aloo Pie

1 onion chopped finely

8 cloves of garlic chopped finely

2 teaspoons ground cumin powder

1 scotch bonnet ( or any chili pepper – you can even skip this if you dont like spice)

10 small potatoes

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Aloo filling

  • Heat oil.
  • Add onions, garlic and chopped scotch bonnet.
  • Cook for a minute.
  • Add potatoes.

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  • Add salt.
  • Cover and cook till done.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of ground cumin powder.
  • Mix well.
  • Mash the potatoes.
  • Set aside till cool.

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Dough (Pie part)

5 1/2 cups of flour

2 tablspoons of butter

2 tablspoons of vegetable shortening (optional)

1 teaspoon salt

1.5 tablespoons of sugar

2 tablespoons of baking powder

3 cups of water ( more if needed)

  • Mix the butter, crisco, flour, salt,  sugar and baking powder.
  • Mix it really well till the butter and flour make a grainy mixture.
  • Begin kneading the dough whilst adding water  bit by bit.
  • You can knead the dough by hand or use a food processor with a dough blade.
  • Genlty knead the dough till done.
  • It should look like the picutre below when done.
  • Sprinkle the dough with some flour, cover with a kitchen towel and let it rest for 15 minutes.

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Putting together the Aloo Pie

  • Break the dough into several 2 inch dough balls.
  • Sprinkle lightly with flour.

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  • Flatten each dough ball into a 4″ disc of about 1/2 inch thickness.

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  • Place a little of the aloo mixture in each of the flattened dough.

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  • Begin to close the disc around the aloo as shown in the picture below.

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  • Pinch the top closed till it looks like a dumpling.

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  • Dust with flour and begin to gently flatten it out till it looks as shown below.
  • Do this with all the dough balls and set aside.

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Frying the Aloo Pie

  • Heat 4-5 cups of oil in a wok.
  • When the oil is hot, gently add two uncooked aloo pies.
  • Deep fry.

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  • Flip it over once or twice and till it reaches a golden brown color.
  • Remove from heat and place in a bowl with paper towels.

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  • Repeat for all uncooked aloo pies.
  • Serve hot with kuchela or hot pepper sauce.

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