Soft Trinidad Aloo (Potato) Pie Recipe: Tasty Fried Comfort Food

Aloo pies are long, deep-fried dough pies that are stuffed with seasoned potatoes (aloo). The seasonings used here include cumin (geera) powder and fresh Caribbean green seasoning made with chadon beni (culantro), garlic, and pepper.

Aloo pies are popular street food and are usually served with well seasoned channa (chickpeas) or sauces like tamarind and mango. The origins of Trinidad aloo pies are from India’s aloo kachori or aloo ki kachori.

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Aloo pie ingredients

Dough: I use all purpose flour, yeast, sugar, salt, and unsalted butter.

Potato filling: I use potatoes (like Russet potatoes), onion, garlic, geera or cumin powder, Caribbean green seasoning, salt, pepper and unsalted butter.

Cumin gives a wonderful, dominant, smoky flavor that is a hallmark of East Indian cuisine. And, the green seasoning adds that fresh, herbaceous Trini flare!

The seasoning is usually made with chadon beni (culantro), garlic, pepper, and other herbs like chives and cilantro. You can use my green seasoning recipe to make your own or pick up a bottle from Amazon.

Check out the Shop to find more ingredients used in Trini cuisine.

How to make aloo pie

1. Cook the potatoes

Wash the potatoes thoroughly and cut them in half. Add to a pot of water on medium heat and leave to boil until the potatoes are soft. This can take about 30 – 40 minutes. Once soft all the way through, set aside to cool.

Alternatively, you can cook the potatoes in the microwave for about 8 – 10 minutes.

boiling potato for aloo pies

2. Knead the dough

In a large bowl, mix the flour, yeast, sugar and salt together. Rub the butter into the mixture until fully incorporated.

Next, add water a little at a time and knead to form a soft, smooth dough. I used 1. 5 cups of water here to bring everything together. Cover and leave to rise for 30 minutes.

ingredients for aloo pie dough - flour, yeast, butter
raised dough for aloo pie

3. Make the stuffing

Using a blender, food processor, or the fine side of a grater, grind the onion, garlic, pepper, and fresh herbs (or Caribbean green seasoning) together. You can make the seasoning a little chunky (like below) or smoother – the choice is yours.

Peel the cooked potatoes, mash them and add the ground seasonings, cumin or geera powder, salt, and butter. Mix thoroughly, taste test and adjust the flavor to your liking with more salt, pepper, etc.

blended chadon beni and garlic for aloo pies
seasoned aloo with spices and seasoning

4. Stuff the dough

Punch down the dough and divide it into 2-inch balls. Flatten one dough ball and add flour to one side. The flour will make sure the filling spreads out and doesn’t stick onto or tear the dough.

Add a spoonful of the seasoned potatoes. Pinch the edges of the flattened dough together to seal the stuffing inside the dough. You don’t want to roll the edges together as this will create lines in the aloo pie when frying (which I learned the hard way).

flattened dough with flour
aloo pie filling stuffed in dough

Dust flour on the stuffed dough and set aside. Repeat for all the other dough balls, then cover and allow them to rest for 15 minutes.

closing stuffed potato piles

5. Fry the aloo pies

Place a large pot on medium heat. Add at least three to four inches of oil for deep frying. Allow the oil to heat up – you want it nice and hot.

Rub your hands with oil. Take one of the stuffed dough balls and flatten it between your hands from your fingers to your palm. Gently push the filling around to ensure even distribution in the pie. Some use flour and roll the pies out with a rolling pin. But, excess flour on the pies will end up in the hot oil and eventually burn. If you want to use the oil on another day, skip the flour and use oil instead to flatten the pies.

Once the oil is nice and hot, add a couple flattened aloo pies and leave to cook for 3 – 5 minutes, then flip over and fry for another 3 – 5 minutes. The pies should puff up and float to the top but if they brown too quickly, lower the heat.

frying aloo pies in cast iron pot in oil

Once the dough is cooked, remove from the heat and store place in a sealable container with grease paper or napkins. Cover the container to trap the heat and steam. This will ensure your pies are soft and fluffy. If you do not cover them, the aloo pies will remain crispy.

Serve the pies when hot with channa (chickpeas) or your favorite sauces like tamarind, mango and more.

warm aloo pies

Aloo pie calories

With this recipe, one aloo pie before frying has about 200 calories. Deep frying can add up at least 75% more calories to food. So the calories of a fried aloo pie can be upward of 350 calories without any condiments.

Aloo pie recipe

three aloo pies on a white plate with a small bowl of tamarind sauce on the left side
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Trini Aloo Pie Recipe

Light, fluffy and tasty, this aloo pie recipe is a lot simpler to make than you might think and hits that perfect deep-fried spot!
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time2 hours
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Caribbean, Indian
Keyword: aloo pie
Servings: 12
Calories: 320kcal
Author: Ros Singh

Ingredients

Dough

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • tsp yeast
  • water (close to 1½ cups)
  • oil (for frying)

Filling

  • lb potato
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp green seasoning (chadon beni, cilantro, herbs)
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • pepper (optional)

Instructions

Potatoes

  • Wash potatoes and cut in half.
  • Add potatoes to a pot of boiling water.
  • Cook until the potatoes are completely soft (approx. 40 minutes).
  • Drain. Set aside to cool.

Dough

  • Mix flour, yeast, sugar and salt together.
  • Cut butter into the mixture.
  • Add water a little at a time and knead to form a smooth dough.
  • Cover and allow to rest for 30 minutes.

Season potatoes

  • Grind the onion, garlic, fresh herbs and pepper.
  • Peel potatoes and mash.
  • Mix in ground onion and seasonings, cumin powder, salt and butter.
  • Taste test and adjust.

Filling the dough

  • Divide proofed dough into 2-inch balls.
  • Flatten one ball
  • Add flour to one side and a spoonful of seasoned potatoes.
  • Pinch the edges of the dough together.
  • Set aside and allow to rest for 15 minutes.
  • Repeat for the remaining dough balls.

Frying

  • Place a large pot on medium heat.
  • Add about 3- to 4-inches of oil for deep frying.
  • Allow the oil to heat up (at least ten minutes).
  • Oil your hands.
  • Flatten the filled dough between your hands until they become almost the length of your hands.
  • Push gently to evenly distribute the filling in the pie.
  • Place the aloo pie in the hot oil.
  • As it floats and puffs up, turn and allow to brown evenly on both sides (it should take 3 to 5 minutes per side).
  • Remove from the heat and place on grease paper or napkins.
  • Add to a sealed container to trap the heat and steam. This will soften the pies.
  • Serve hot.

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