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Posted by on Mar 5, 2012 in Indian, Snacks | 0 comments

Aloo-Chop

Aloo-Chop

Aloo chop ….hmmm…I don’t know why ‘chop’ is attached to this dish name,only potential reasoning I can think of it,’this dish is so YUMMY,people tend to ‘chomp’ it down quickly.Silly you think..’Aloo’ is hindi for ‘potato’.Growing up,my mom made it for us as evening snack.It is also one of the favorite thing to entertain with  your visiting neighbors and friends.Yup,part of Indian hospitality.
Well,my Indian food loving friend Stacey came over for playdate and our plan was to make baked Samosa that day,we both have been talking about for so long.So we did but it wasn’t the winner surprisingly.

I had little bit of filling left from Samosa’s but not enough dough to go around.Then I noticed I had two slices of bread left.Perfect I thought.And ‘Aloo Chop‘ came to life,more than a decade later,I got the chance to make it.Funny thing is, we ended up  liking it more than Samosas.So when we had playdate again,’Aloo chop’ is what we agreed on.It is less labor intensive then Samosa and really yummy.Try it out for yourself.

Aloo Chop

Aloo Chop

Aloo-Chop

Ingredients

  1. Slices of Sandwich Bread
  2. Room temperature Water
  3. FILLING
  4. 1 medium size onions chopped
  5. 3 small to medium size potatoes(boiled/microwaved and smashed)
  6. handful of peas (optional)
  7. 1/2 head of small to medium size Cauliflower chopped(optional)
  8. 1-1.5 Tbl Coriander Seeds
  9. 1 Tbl Cumin Seeds
  10. 1/2 tsp Chili flakes
  11. 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  12. Oil
  13. Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Grind Coriander,Cumin,Chili flakes in a coffee grinder.
  2. Saute chopped onions in oil.Add cauliflower to it.When brown add grind spices.Stir for two mins,add potatos.Salt and mix it and make sure potatoes are not chunky.Add peas.Stir it all.
  3. Follow the assembly steps here.
  4. In a shallow pan,add little oil ,when hot,add the balls of filled potatoes.
  5. Keep turning it around in every couple of seconds,so it is brown all around.
  6. ENJOY with ketchup, yogurt based dip,chutney,different kind of Salsa.
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Yummy Notes:
  • Potato is a star ingredient of this dish.It does not need support from other vegetable to sustain itself :-).Though,I have always felt  cauliflower and peas are best buddies together and when they join potatoes in a filling as such, they shine wonderfully.Not to mention,healthy fibres they add to this dish.
  • You can use this filling for ‘Aloo Paratha’, Samosa, Veggie puffs, Sandwich filling etc.
  • You can fill it up with anything you want.Make sure your filling is very fine,minced and completely cooked.
  • If you are like me,I can just eat the filling with plain yogurt and call it ‘Yogurt Raita’.Genius ha !

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