“Aloo Masala” Twice-Baked Tuber August 28, 2007

Tonight I decided to make an Indian version of “twice-baked potatoes”. I searched recipes for twice baked sweet potatoes, or yams, and they all had maple, sugar, toasted nuts and the like. Yummy, yes, but not what I wanted tonight. I went to my favorite local grocer Golden Produce for a good selection of fresh vegetables and some inspiration. I was pretty open to what could go into this dish. I knew I needed some type of tuber… I think I bought a yam, but to be honest I don’t always know the difference. Growing up, orange colored pie was always sweet potato, never pumpkin, and I think when I had yams in a glaze or something, my brain recorded that they were sweet potatoes. So I incorrectly use them interchangeably. Okay, so 1 yam, 2 small yellow potatoes, and I was in business. I also bought some papadum, a yellow onion, and a small cantaloupe. After I made the stuffing, I realized that I’d forgotten to saute the onion and incorporate. I still wanted onion so I decided to make onion rings. I still prepared the papadum, too. My other plan was to make cantaloupe soup, but that will have to wait until the next post.

I cooked the yam and yellow potatoes until soft, scooped out the insides and forked them in a bowl with a touch of buttermilk, 2T sharp cheddar cheese, a pat of butter, and spices (garam masala mixture,+ tumeric, salt, cayenne, cumin, cinnamon and hot paprika). These are just flavors and colors I like, not necessarily a proper recipe.

Pre-baked tubers:
pre-baked tubers

I fried some onion rings for garnish and crunch.
onion ring

And here we have it!

Mmm! Tubers!!


8 Responses to ““Aloo Masala” Twice-Baked Tuber”

  1. curlykale Says:

    I want to live in them like a cottage. I’ll take the little one on the left with the green roof tiles.

    The tomato couple is tending to the onion paths.

  2. insomnisnack Says:

    Help yourself to the small cottage! BTW, the Tomatoes created the onion paths as a way to get more exercise around the neighborhood.

  3. curlykale Says:

    they must have understood the public health implications of the “built environment”!

    oh dear.

  4. insomnisnack Says:

    Mixed-use it or lose it! That’s pretty bad, huh? You’ll be my neighbor, as I’m in the one on the right. I have some extra roof tiles if you ever need them.
    (Tomatoes residence not shown)

  5. denisem718 Says:

    I love the photo of your twice-baked potato. It’s beautiful! I really think “Food Stylist” may be your next career. Beautiful color and the onion rings and the cherry tomatoes are a very nice touch. I am looking forward to your next dish. Once we are into fall, maybe you could do a nice soup or stew?

  6. insomnisnack Says:

    Thanks, Niece!! Food Stylist sounds great, actually. Maybe you’ll give me a job at your future restaurant? Regarding soups and stews, it’s funny that you ask. We are planning a Harvest Dinner to celebrate the bounty of Fall – soups, pies, and veggies abound!

  7. denisem718 Says:

    Sounds great! When is this Harvest Dinner? Maybe I need to plan a trip out to SF so I can reap the rewards of your efforts….

  8. insomnisnack Says:

    Oh my god!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You read my mind. I was dreaming that out of state sisters were invited and that you would somehow show up for dinner. Please do! More later on specific date. ❤ Leash

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