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Recipe of Stuffed Potatoes - Indian Style

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Stuffed potatoes

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Introduction

Stuffed potatoes is a main dish in Indian cuisine and is a very tasty one. We would be going through the cooking process for this dish in details in this article. One can prepare it in the conventional ways also but here we have cooked it using a microwave and those who are aware with microwave cooking can be immensely benefited by preparing this dish quickly.

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Ingredients

I have taken the ingredients in such a quantity that the completed dish would suffice for 3-4 persons when consumed along with other items during a main meal course.

  • Potatoes - 8 Nos. Medium sized.
  • Tomatoes - 2 Nos. Ripe and medium sized.
  • Cottage cheese - 150 to 200 gm.
  • Green peas - 1/2 cup.
  • Raisin (Kismis) - 16 Nos.
  • Onion - 2 Nos.
  • Garlic - 6 to 8 cloves.
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch piece.
  • Tomato sauce - 2 tbsp.
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp.
  • Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp.
  • Coriander seeds - 1/4 tsp (optional).
  • Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp (optionnal).
  • Asafoetida powder - 1/4 tsp (optional)
  • Dry fenugreek leaves powder (known as kasoori methi) - 1 tsp.
  • Whole red chillies - 2 Nos. (optional).
  • Green chilly - 1 No. (optional).
  • Green coriander leaves - 1 cup.
  • Coriander powder - 1 tsp.
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp.
  • Black pepper powder - 1/2 tsp.
  • Red chilli powder - 1/4 tsp (optional).
  • Mango powder - 1 tsp.
  • Salt - As per taste.

A brief about microwave cooking

Many people use microwave for heating the food only and not exactly for cooking. With some basic care it can be adopted for all sort of cooking. I have prepared many Indian vegetable dishes in microwave and they are equally delicious as compared to their traditional counterparts. The article Beetroot mixed dry vegetable gives a detailed information on microwave cooking.

The time of cooking and the amount of water or wetness in the ingredients before cooking are the crucial factors in microwave cooking. If water less then there are dangers of charring while if water is more then dish might turn soggy and diluted. Microwave cooking takes time learn but some basic factors are there. One is amount of water and second is time of cooking. Generally in microwaves, when you select a cooking time then it is based on type of dish as well its weight and the oven selects it with its own logic. So, one has to check the dish for its consistency about 3-4 minutes before the end time. This is an important check time as one would know well that dish is too dry or soggy. If it appears to be going to the get hardened then one has to add a little water (generally 2-3 spoons only) and if it is too watery then add some boiled mashed potato and fried onions etc to it. Only thing is gravy amount would increase. That is no problem.

Preparation

Clean the Potatoes and tomatoes and keep them aside. Now peel the onions and garlic cloves. Chop onions, garlic, ginger, red chillies, and green chillies and keep in a bowl. Grind tomatoes and make a paste. Keep in a separate bowl. Also chop green coriander leaves and keep them separately. Mash the cottage cheese and keep in a plate.

Method

(A) Preparing hollowed potatoes

For this we have to parboil the potatoes. The purpose of partially boiling is to keep them firm so that they do not break away during hollowing process. We can parboil it in a pan filled with water on a stove or in microwave. If we want to do it in microwave it would take 8-10 minutes. Take care in covering the potatoes fully with water.

Once done, cool them and peel off and keep aside. Now from one side of each of the potato cut a small flat chip and then start scooping out the inside material from here and do it till the whole of potato is hollowed and only the outer wall of about 5 to 7 mm (about 1/4 inch) remains along with the opening from which we have scooped out the inside of the potato. Generally this opening would be around 3/4 inches. We would be inserting the filling material in potatoes through this opening only. Use a small scooper which does not spoil the wall of the potato.

(B) Preparing the filling

Take a microwave bowl and pour some cooking oil in it. Now add chopped onion, ginger, and clove to it. Also add Cumin seeds, Coriander seeds (optional), Fenugreek seeds (optionnal), Asafoetida powder (optional), Dry fenugreek leaves powder (known as kasoori methi), Chopped red chillies (optional), Chopped green chilly (optional), half of the chopped green coriander leaves, Coriander powder, Turmeric powder, Red chilli powder (optional), Mango powder, and salt. Sprinkle a little water and Keep the bowl in microwave and cook for 3-4 minutes only. Now add green peas, crushed tomato and mashed cottage cheese and sprinkle a little water and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Take the bowl out and add tomato sauce and mango powder. Mix well and the filling is ready.

(C) Filling the potatoes

Take potatoes one by one and fill fully with the fillings by slightly pressurising the filling to go in the cavity. Remember to add 2 Nos. of raisins to the fillings of each potato. Keep the remaining filling aside. Take a big microwave bowl and put some filling in it and then arrange the stuffed potatoes and just put some filling over them and then sprinkle little water to avoid any charring or drying up of potatoes in microwave. This filling outside the stuffed potatoes would work as a dry gravy in the dish and actually enhances the taste.

(D) Final cooking

Keep the bowl in microwave for cooking for about 5-6 minutes. It is better to check for cooking status 1-2 minutes before the end time. The dish is now ready.

Garnishing and presentation

The stuffed potatoes can be arranged on a flat plate and then can be garnished with chopped green coriander leaves. There are two ways of presenting them. One is as whole stuffed one and second is cutting each stuffed potato in two parts and arranging them on a plate showing the fillings upwards.

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Opinion

Conclusion

Stuffed potatoes is a main course dish and adds to the elegance of a dining table. It is not only delicious but also attractive to the guests joining for the main course. Due to its elaborate preparation it is not a routine dish but can be tried during weekends or holidays.

Nutritional value

Depending upon as how much cooking oil is used, size of potatoes, cottage cheese amount etc, the calorie value of this dish is approximately in the range 140 to 170 calorie per serving. I have considered the above quantity of cooked dish equal to 8 servings.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Umesh Chandra Bhatt

Comments

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on November 04, 2020:

Dale, happy to know that you liked it.

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on November 03, 2020:

This sounds delicious to me. I am going t show it to my wife and I just know that she is going to love it too. We will be making this (or at least attempting to) in the very near future. Thanks for sharing it.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 10, 2020:

Nithya, thanks a lot for your visit. Stay blessed.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on August 10, 2020:

Thank you for sharing this recipe, will try this out using the microwave.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 09, 2020:

Lora, I thank for the encouragement. Highly appreciate.

Lora Hollings on August 09, 2020:

This recipe looks really good, Umesh. I love all the spices in Indian cooking. They add so much to the flavor. It sounds like a very healthy dish too. I appreciate your very detailed instructions and photos. I will have to make this soon. Thanks for sharing!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 08, 2020:

Jeremiah, thanks a lot. It is definitely a yummy proposition.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 08, 2020:

Rajan, thanks for your gesture.

JEREMIAH MWANIKI KILUNDA from Nairobi on August 08, 2020:

The dish appears palatable. I would gobble it down at once if I got it. Good work.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 08, 2020:

Never tried cooking in a microwave. This dish looks very inviting, anything with paneer in it is to me. Thanks for sharing the detailed recipe.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 07, 2020:

Linda, thanks for your visit. Happy that you liked it.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on August 07, 2020:

This sounds like a great way to eat potatoes. I love the ingredients!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 05, 2020:

Sp Greaney, thanks for your visit and comment. Stay blessed.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 05, 2020:

Dora, thanks a lot for your visit. Indian recipes are well known for using a large number of spices but one can customise it with local flavour also. That is why some of the spices, I have marked as optional.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on August 05, 2020:

This is such a different way of serving potatoes and it looks so good. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on August 05, 2020:

So many spices! That's appealing. Thanks for the recipe details.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 05, 2020:

Flourish, so kind of you. Stay blessed.

FlourishAnyway from USA on August 04, 2020:

Your instructions are detailed and sure to result in the desired result. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 04, 2020:

Tery Peta:

Thanks for your visit and interest.

Liz:

Microwave cooking is a bit tricky but one can learn it with some practice. You are welcome.

Eric:

Thanks for your lovely comment.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 04, 2020:

Looks doable and tasty. I will give it a shot.

Liz Westwood from UK on August 04, 2020:

I was interested in your use of the microwave, as I frequently use one for cooking. This looks like a very tasty dish.

Tery Peta from Bulgaria on August 04, 2020:

This appears to be very delicious and rich! I will definitely try making it sometime.