Today this dish, aloo pie, had me reminiscing a lot so you have to excuse me, but at the same time enjoy the ride. First, in the Caribbean, there are many such pie like this, this aloo pie recipe is another popular Caribbean recipe that is most times sold at street corner shops and carts.
Anyway, some of the places you may have to look up in a map or ask a Trini about…. Aloo pies ; that word just brings up so much memories that's hard to forget… Staying back for Math lessons in Moreau Rd was one in particular. All I had was a little spare change to buy two aloo pie and that was just enough for me. As the bell rang in the evening, I hurried to the parlour nearby and ordered my aloo pie with curry mango sauce. I was good to go until I reach home.
After a while I caught on... the pies were cheaper in the evening so I kept all my money until home time and enjoyed my feast of aloo pies; those were good days.......It's early morning and the lazy sun just peeps over the mountainside but it was life as usual in the hustle and bustle in San Juan market. Doubles was the mainstay but, if you look carefully some Doublesmen (name for the vendor who sells mainly doubles) had a separate cooler, and guess what they had; aloo pie of course.
Nice hot aloo pies, for if you didn't want doubles, and it was more filling too. The slight pepper with a little mango chutney at that time in the morning really hit the spot......Up El Do' was the other place I could remember. The old Indian lady and old man used to fry it in front of you so you know it was fresh pies you were getting....Even some of the vans did the same thing. They pulled up by UWI to sell; the aroma of the pies frying, just filled the Saturday morning air.
Now UWee doubles is a mainstay there; with long lines and the usual morning traffic in the back road....Then down Aranjuez by the big tree and temple was a next hot spot......
Well, I think it's time to stop reminiscing about Aloo pie and get on with the post. Anyhow ,those were good days for me; it reminds me of where I went and the memories I had. I don't think you would still want me to tell you how nice aloo pies taste. Try the recipe out and taste for yourself and maybe have a memory or two. Here's Aloo pie; born and bred in Trinidad and Tobago.
5 medium potatoes
3 medium cloves garlic
1 pimiento pepper
2 tsp. salt
1 pinch black pepper
1 tsp. geera
2 tsp. amchar massala
dash pepper sauce
1 tbsp. fresh grind seasoning
Knead the flour, baking powder, yeast and salt into a soft dough and set aside to rest.
Cut the potatoes in half and put to boil. Peel and crush the boiled potatoes. Peel and crush the boiled potatoes.
Add the rest of the ingredients for the Aloo mixture...
... and mix thoroughly.
Make little balls and flatten out.
Add a little of the aloo mixture in the centre. Fold the dough.
Next, mark with a fork.
Fry until golden brown. Here are Aloo Pies.
Aloo (Potato) Pie
- DOUGH MIXTURE
- 3 cups flour
- 1 tsp. yeast
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ALOO MIXTURE
- 5 medium potatoes
- 3 medium cloves garlic
- 1 pimiento pepper
- 2 tsp. salt optional
- 1 pinch black pepper
- 1 tsp. geera
- 2 tsp. amchar masala
- Dash pepper sauce
- 1 tbsp. fresh grind seasoning
- Boil the potatoes. Peel and crush the boiled potatoes. Add the rest of the ingredients for the Aloo mixture and mix thoroughly.
- Knead the flour, baking powder, yeast and salt into a soft dough and set aside to rest (for about 30 min).
- Make little balls and flatten out. Add a little of the aloo mixture in the centre. Fold the dough and mark with a fork.
- Fry until golden brown.