Trinidad Aloo Pies (recipe)

Trinidad Aloo Pie

Is there a Trini who hasn’t chomped on an aloo pie? It seems that I’ve been eating them as long as I can remember. They were a staple in both my primary and secondary schools’ cafeterias (or as we call them ‘tuck shops’).
They are also easily found in the bakeries and eateries in and around Port-of-Spain should I want a cheap and filling lunch or breakfast.

So what are aloo pies? Well they are simply flat elongated puffy fried pieces of dough, filled with a spicy (and often peppery) mashed potato filling.

Potato. Pepper. Bread. What’s not to love? Forget your blood pressure and cholesterol for a minute and just bite in :) You’ll be glad you did :)

BTW, these also freeze and reheat amazingly well :)


Trinidad Aloo Pies
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Recipe By: TriniGourmet
Serving Size: 9

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cups water
4 medium potatoes
1 tsp ground geera (cumin)
1 tsp hot pepper sauce
1 1/2 tsp salt
black pepper, to taste
oil for frying

Trinidad Aloo Pie

Directions:

1. Mix flour, baking powder, salt and water and knead lightly
2. Set aside to relax, covered with a bowl or wet cloth

Trinidad Aloo Pie

3. Peel and boil potatoes in salt water until tender
4. Mash potatoes well
5. Season filling with salt, black pepper, hot pepper and ground geera

Trinidad Aloo Pie

6. Divide dough into 9 loyah (balls)

Trinidad Aloo Pie

7. Flatten balls into 4″ circles and fill with potato

Trinidad Aloo Pie

8. Wet one edge with water, fold over and seal, enclosing all potato

Trinidad Aloo Pie

9. Flatten pie between hands as much as possible without breaking the seal (they’ll repuff when fried don’t worry!)

Trinidad Aloo Pie

10. Fry in deep oil until golden brown

Trinidad Aloo Pie

11. Drain on paper towels

Trinidad Aloo Pie

Notes:

If loyah (balls) are made smaller, 12 medium sized aloo pies can be made

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  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    Mmm…aloo pie…aloo pie with channa…aloo pie with grated mango chutney
    but best of all, aloo pie hot and crispy out of the oil :D

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      hot and crispy out the oil :D something i don’t think i had ever had before making them myself :D you mean they not always limp and soggy? :lol: :D

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    Mmm…aloo pie…aloo pie with channa…aloo pie with grated mango chutney
    but best of all, aloo pie hot and crispy out of the oil :D

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    Mmm…aloo pie…aloo pie with channa…aloo pie with grated mango chutney
    but best of all, aloo pie hot and crispy out of the oil :D

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      hot and crispy out the oil :D something i don’t think i had ever had before making them myself :D you mean they not always limp and soggy? :lol: :D

  • Makeda (London)

    but this website is tremendous man!

    and i only just stumble on dis!

    keep it coming -more! more!

    i think i using that picture of the doubles as my desktop background!

    love the pics step by step!!

    and yes -the pies supposed to be hot and crispy straight out of the oil, ideally, but after they have been sitting a while become limpish…

    bon apetite!!

  • Makeda (London)

    but this website is tremendous man!

    and i only just stumble on dis!

    keep it coming -more! more!

    i think i using that picture of the doubles as my desktop background!

    love the pics step by step!!

    and yes -the pies supposed to be hot and crispy straight out of the oil, ideally, but after they have been sitting a while become limpish…

    bon apetite!!

  • Makeda (London)

    but this website is tremendous man!

    and i only just stumble on dis!

    keep it coming -more! more!

    i think i using that picture of the doubles as my desktop background!

    love the pics step by step!!

    and yes -the pies supposed to be hot and crispy straight out of the oil, ideally, but after they have been sitting a while become limpish…

    bon apetite!!

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    LOLZ! Thanks Makeda!!! :D

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    LOLZ! Thanks Makeda!!! :D

  • Makeda (London)

    oh gosh girl you’re my hero -i mus be forward this website to 10 people already! keep up the good work!!

  • Makeda (London)

    oh gosh girl you’re my hero -i mus be forward this website to 10 people already! keep up the good work!!

  • Makeda (London)

    oh gosh girl you’re my hero -i mus be forward this website to 10 people already! keep up the good work!!

  • http://caribbeangarden.blogspot.com Nicole

    After so many readers liked my saltfish buljol post I decided to do ones on aloo pies and saltfish accra-only to see you beat me to it-so I did a little review of your blog instead!

  • http://caribbeangarden.blogspot.com Nicole

    After so many readers liked my saltfish buljol post I decided to do ones on aloo pies and saltfish accra-only to see you beat me to it-so I did a little review of your blog instead!

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Nicole – hehehe oh that’s really kind of you Nicole :D but feel free to do your own posts still when you’re up to it :) i like to see the variations between cooks hehehe :D

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Nicole – hehehe oh that’s really kind of you Nicole :D but feel free to do your own posts still when you’re up to it :) i like to see the variations between cooks hehehe :D

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  • Ann

    wow…i love this website I already tried the aloo pies my husband loved it…..I can’t wait to try the pholourie and doubles…YUM YUM…..thank almighty GOD for this website…..he really knew I needed this.

  • Ann

    wow…i love this website I already tried the aloo pies my husband loved it…..I can’t wait to try the pholourie and doubles…YUM YUM…..thank almighty GOD for this website…..he really knew I needed this.

  • Tricia

    I love aloo pie, I followed the steps but it still didn’t come out like the ones purchased. I guess I need a lot of practice. Thanks for posting the recipe though.

  • Tricia

    I love aloo pie, I followed the steps but it still didn’t come out like the ones purchased. I guess I need a lot of practice. Thanks for posting the recipe though.

  • Becky

    YUMMY!!

    I tried this today and they came out great.
    I made aloo pies in the past and they were heavy and “bready”.
    I never flattened them like you suggested,also my kneaded flour was not the best.
    My kneading has gotten better while racticing on bakes and with the flattened dough ,they came out great!!

    Keep the recipes coming ,BTW its been a while since you last posted lol “hint hint”

  • Becky

    YUMMY!!

    I tried this today and they came out great.
    I made aloo pies in the past and they were heavy and “bready”.
    I never flattened them like you suggested,also my kneaded flour was not the best.
    My kneading has gotten better while racticing on bakes and with the flattened dough ,they came out great!!

    Keep the recipes coming ,BTW its been a while since you last posted lol “hint hint”

  • Stacey White

    Hi Sarina

    Could I buy a copy of your book? My girls are forever looking up recipes, especially for world food day at school. How much is the book in GBP£s and do you have PayPal or some other way to getting the money to you. Thanks.

    Stacey

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      Hi Stacey, I don’t have a book out at the moment (hopefully in the upcoming future though). Will contact you as soon that is completed :) Thanks for your interest!

  • Stacey White

    Hi Sarina

    Could I buy a copy of your book? My girls are forever looking up recipes, especially for world food day at school. How much is the book in GBP£s and do you have PayPal or some other way to getting the money to you. Thanks.

    Stacey

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      Hi Stacey, I don’t have a book out at the moment (hopefully in the upcoming future though). Will contact you as soon that is completed :) Thanks for your interest!

  • Nadine

    Just tried this recipe today. It came out awesome. I substituted the hot pepper with cayenne pepper though since I have a toddler. That worked out well I think. She loved it. Thanks

  • Nadine

    Just tried this recipe today. It came out awesome. I substituted the hot pepper with cayenne pepper though since I have a toddler. That worked out well I think. She loved it. Thanks

  • Juni

    I spent some time on T&T ages ago, and as a poor student back then, I lived on doubles and aloo pies. I stumbled on your website (no, I confess I was looking for aloo pie recipes), and now I MUST have aloo pies… I will give it a try for tonight’s dinner.
    THANK YOU so much for the step by step pics.

  • Juni

    I spent some time on T&T ages ago, and as a poor student back then, I lived on doubles and aloo pies. I stumbled on your website (no, I confess I was looking for aloo pie recipes), and now I MUST have aloo pies… I will give it a try for tonight’s dinner.
    THANK YOU so much for the step by step pics.

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