Tandoori Aloo

Source: Indian Recipes Under 30 Minutes
Made: November 16, 2013
Yield: 4-6 servings
Time to make: 30 minutes.

I am still discovering my own neighbourhood.  A few weeks ago I found a lovely Indian grocery store within walking distance.  And I found not only an ingredient which was new to me, chaat masala, but lots of other fascinating new things to try.

On my first try, I don’t think I mastered the instructions to let the potato shells crisp without letting them turn colour, nor do I have a proper grill, so under the broiler has to do.  Nevertheless, although I found the recipe a bit fussy to put together, it is certainly a treat to the taste buds.  And practice, no doubt, will make it seem easier.

Tandoori Aloo (stuffed potatoes)

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Indian Recipes under 30 Minutes

Did you wonder when I would ever get to this book?  It is the last in my collection.  It originally belonged to my daughter, who was not using it.  So she let me take it.

It was the title that got to me.  When I first began cooking seriously, I started with a cookbook called Easy Gourmet Cooking in 30 minutes.  I wish I still had that book.  I would certainly not have tried Indian cooking without the promise that it could be done quickly.


In this book, the editor, Neeta Datta, has gathered 70 recipes from 10 master chefs of India.  “This collection of quick and easy recipes” she promises “will enable even the laziest cook to prepare a lip-smacking Indian dish in less than 30 minutes and even turn a reluctant and timid cook into an amateur chef.”