Thursday, May 12, 2005

Spicy Mumbai Potatoes

Spicy Mumbai Potatoes (Adapted from The Art of Tofu)

4 large russet potatoes, scrubbed and rinsed well
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoons olive oil, divided
1 cup finely minced leeks
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon turmeric
4 tablespoons water
1 cup fresh or frozen green peas
3/4 cup silken-firm tofu (we used the boxed Mori-Nu non-refrigerated), pureed
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Preheat oven to 425

Prick each potato with a fork a few times - lightly coat the potatoes with 2 teaspoons of the olive oil (if desired, sprinkle some salt on too). Bake until tender, about 40 to 60 minutes depending on size. When they are done, remove and set aside to cool slightly. Reduce oven temperature to 350.

Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in a skillet over medium. Add the leeks - sauté until softened and beginning to lightly brown, about 6 minutes. Stir in ginger and garlic - cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Season with coriander, cumin, black pepper and turmeric - cook for 2 more minutes. Stir in peas and water - cook just until peas are tender. Remove from heat and set aside.

Cut potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out the potato, leaving a 1/4" shell. Mash the potato pulp with the tofu puree - stir in the leek mixture until well combined. Spoon the filling evenly between the potato shells.

Place stuffed shells on a baking sheet and place in the oven to bake until thoroughly heated through, about 15 to 20 minutes. Serve with a sprinkling of the cilantro.

Makes 4 servings.

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  1. mmmm anything with potato makes me happy. I might have to try this recipe. My bf is obsessed with twice baked potatoes, so I look for new ways to spice them up.
    Thanks Joe :)

  2. Hey do these taste like the inside of a samosa? They sound like they could--yum, I am intrigued.

  3. Thanks for sharing this great idea!! These are so much healthier than the usual twice baked potatoes with butter and sour cream.

  4. Josie - Jeff is potato obsessed too!

    Laura - Kind of, but the flavor is not as strong.

    Sue - Yeah! These stuffed taters actually pack some good nutrition!

  5. That photo is sooo appealing. I might have to try them.