Indian potato pie

Indian potato pie

By Good Food (BBC Good Food)


This impressive vegetarian pie is really versatile – it tastes great hot, warm or cold, so you can make it well ahead.



  • 700 gr potato, sliced
  • 400 gr sweet potato, sliced
  • onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 thumb-size piece ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp each ground cumin, coriander and garam masala
  • pinch dried chilli flakes
  • 200 gr frozen pea
  • juice 1 lemon, plus extra wedges to serve
  • small bunch coriander, chopped
  • 25g butter, melted
  • 275 rg pack filo pastry
  • ½ tsp poppy seeds


  1. Put the potatoes in a large saucepan of cold, salted water, then bring to the boil.
  2. Turn down and simmer for 5 mins, add the sweet potatoes and continue to cook for 8 mins until just tender. Drain really
  3. Fry the onion in the oil until soft, add the cumin seeds for 1 min, then stir in the garlic, chilli and ginger with the remaining spices.
  4. Cook for a further 2-3 mins, then turn off the heat and stir into the potatoes with the peas, lemon juice and coriander.
  5. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Halve the filo sheets, and use two-thirds of them, overlapping, to line a 22cm loose-bottomed cake tin with a little overhang.
  6. As you lay in each sheet, brush with melted butter and keep the rest covered with a clean tea towel. Spoon in filling and press down lightly.
  7. Cover with remaining filo, then fold up overhanging sides and scrunch up pastry near the edges.
  8. Poke several slits in the top of the pastry and brush with more butter. Sprinkle with the poppy seeds. Bake for 40-45 mins until golden brown.
  9. Serve either hot or at room temperature with lemon wedges.


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