I started this blog in July 2010 mainly as a way to keep myself occupied and also to document the recipes I was trying as a newly wed. It helped, that as a result, my recipes would all be at one place. But, very soon it became my lifeline.
Now, being at home all day with nothing much to do is not fun at all. And more so if you are thousands of miles away from where you have been born and brought up.
Being home all day, with no job, no kids to take care of, makes you feel worthless as well.
This blog helped change that to a great extent and for that I have you all to thank.
It gave me an identity. People who I have never met know me. They don’t know me as V’s wife- but they know ME. And that counts for something.
Of course, I wish I could work , I wish I was earning money but I know for now its not possible (well, if I am wishing then I wish I owned my own bakery- now wouldn’t that be cool!).
Till then this blog is what makes me feel worth while.
So, when I was home this time, aside from spending time with my family, I spent time noting down all the recipes from my mom’s cookbooks and her own recipe collection, which by the way is HUGE.
My mom used to love cooking. Now, not as much. She has had her share of kitchen time and now just wants to be at the receiving end.
Well, I couldn’t go through her whole collection but I got plenty to keep me going this year- and that means lot of new recipes from me to you.
More importantly, I got plenty spice for my weekly GMT too.
I know I have not been regular the past three months with my weekly Tuesday posts. But amongst my other new year resolutions, being regular with GMT is also there. Way up there.
Today, I thought I will share an Indian appetizer for Garam Masala Tuesdays.
These roasted stuffed potato recipe is from my mom’s collection.
Its actually from a paper that had this recipe printed and sent to her by one of the Air Force mess staff.
A version of this recipe is also made at my in-laws place during parties. My mom in law loves this recipe for its simplicity, ease to make and of course its taste. Whenever the cook at her house makes it, its an instant hit with her guests. And that’s what happened with me too.
I made these on my birthday for the small get together we had at our house.
When I made them I wasn’t able to photograph the final version before serving it to my friends.
I thought I would be left with some pieces to photograph the next day but nothing of what I served was left.
These small things were an absolute hit.
And rightly so.
I am not the one to blow my own trumpet, but when you stuff potatoes with a spiced cottage cheese filling and then roast it basted with butter, what you have is pure bliss in your mouth! And that, my friends, has to be shared with one and all.
Luckily I had some stuffing left, so I made them again for just V and me as a snack to have on the weekend (of course, the hidden motive was to get some shots for the blog). With chilled bottles of beer, and these to snack on, I could have not asked for anything else.
ROASTED POTATOES STUFFED WITH MASALA PANEER FILLING
- 8-10 potatoes of similar size (I used russet)
- For filling: (the filling is good for 8 potatoes, but it depends on the size of the potatoes)
- 3/4 cup paneer/Indian cottage cheese (you can find paneer at your local Indian store or can make it at home as well. There are plenty recipes online. I have not made it at home yet but when I do I will definitely post about it. You could use soft tofu, if you would like and make it vegan)
- mashed potatoes which are leftover after scooping the parboiled potatoes,
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 4-5 green chillies, diced (deseeded, if you can’t handle too much heat)
- 1/2 tsp garam masala
- 1/2 tsp chaat masala, (see note below)
- 1/2 tsp amchur (both chaat masala and amchoor add some tang to the filling. You could substitute with a little lemon juice, roasted cumin powder and black salt, if you don’t have the above on hand)
- 1/2 tsp chilli powder
- 1 tbsp cashew (you could add raisins as well but I am not a big fan of them)
- 1/4 cup onions, diced
- 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 tbsp of finely chopped coriander leaves
- melted butter, to baste the potatoes