I still remember that day in grade 4, Chandigarh school cafeteria, when I ate my first potato patty. The crunchy pastry melted in my mouth. I came home and told my mom about it and she was like, yeah they sell them everywhere. I felt silly. You know the feeling when you discover something new, only to find out it has always been around.
A couple of years ago, Renu aunty served these and I asked her how she made them. I felt silly again when she told me that she had made them with store bought puff pastry. Puff pastry!! So simple… Here is the recipe:
Potato Patties – makes 18 patties
2 large potatoes
1½ cup of frozen vegetables
1 green chili
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1 packet of puff pastry
1/2 tsp salt
5 – 6 stems of fresh coriander
flour for dusting
The night before, leave out the packet of puff pastry to thaw.
For the filling, cut potatoes in half and boil them in salty water. While the potatoes boil, thaw the frozen vegetables in hot water and finely chop the coriander and green chili. Once cooked, remove the potatoes from the boiling water and let them cool down. Peel the potatoes and cut them into small 1 cm pieces.
Heat vegetable oil in pan, and add cumin seeds. Once the seeds splatter, then add the frozen vegetables and the chopped chili. Cook them for 2 minutes and then add the potatoes, coriander, and salt. Mix the mixture till everything combines. Remove the pan from the heat.
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Dust a dry cold surface with flour. Roll out the puff pastry on it to about 1/8 cm thickness. Then cut the pastry into 10 cm by 10 cm pieces. Place about a heaped tbsp of mixture into the square. Brush the two adjacent sides with water. Fold the sqaure into a triangle while sealing in the filling. Butter a baking sheet and place the patties onto the baking sheet and bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until they turn golden brown. Serve hot with ketchup.
My verdict: I love it when I learn to cook something that reminds me of my childhood.