Sunday, December 27, 2009

Baked Stuffed Potatoes

We miss Tandoori food a lot in Germany - apart from the very few good Indian / Pakistani / Bangladeshi restaurants, there is not too much choice.

Making tandoori food at home is difficult for the simple reason that a tandoor is missing. So I tried to recreate a tandoori recipe using the omnipresent oven - and it turned out pretty well.

I tried out a filling of leftover mixed vegetables, but feel free to substitute with fresh ones - or any other filling which takes your fancy.

Beware - this recipe is rather time consuming. But the end result is worth the effort!


4 medium size - potatoes, washed, peeled and scooped 
a little olive oil to brush the potatoes + 2 tbsp olive oil, to pour on the marinade potatoes(optional)
a generous pinch of salt, to sprinkle on the potatoes

For the Filling

(Since i used some leftover veggies, so here is an approximate measurement for the filling)

1/2 cup - onions, green pepper, carrots and beans, finely chopped
1 1/2 tbsp - ginger chilli paste
1 tbsp - garlic paste
1 tsp - garam masala powder
1 tsp - chaat masala powder
1/4 tsp - dried fenugreek leaves(kasuri methi)
1 tsp - olive oil
salt to taste
cottage cheese(paneer) - made from 1 cup of low fat milk

For the Marinade 

3 tbsp heaped - gram flour(besan)
2 tbsp - low fat yogurt
1 tsp - chaat masala
1/2 tsp - garam masala
1 tbsp - ginger chilli paste
1 tbsp - garlic paste
1 tbsp - dried fenugreek leaves(kasuri methi)
salt to taste

For Garnishing 

2-3 tbsp - coriander chutney
1-2 tbsp - chaat masala
2 tbsp - lemon juice
2 tbsp - coriander leaves, finely chopped

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degree C.
  2. Brush the olive oil on the potatoes and sprinkle a little salt and wrap it in an aluminium foil.
  3. Place the foil in the baking tray and bake for about 40 minutes( do turn the potatoes once or twice so that it gets baked evenly)
  4. Meanwhile prepare the filling, heat oil in a non stick pan, add ginger chilli paste and garlic paste and saute for about a minute. Add the finely chopped vegetables and cook for about 6- 8 minutes or until the vegetables are soft. Add chaat masala, garam masala, salt, kasuri methi and cottage cheese and mix well.
  5. Stuff the filling into the hollows of the semi baked potatoes.
  6. Apply the marinade on the potatoes and coat them well on all sides.
  7. Line the baking tray with an aluminium foil and place the potatoes on the lined tray, pour a little olive oil on the potatoes all over(optional)
  8. Place the tray in the centre of the preheated oven (200 degree C) and bake the potatoes until brown(it took approx 50 minutes in my oven)
  9. Cut the potatoes in rounds and garnish it with coriander chutney, chaat masala, lemon juice and coriander leaves and serve hot.

We really enjoyed the tandoori/baked potatoes, and hands reached out for seconds...


  1. This is truely awesome baked potato.. I have bookmarked it too.. Wish to try some time soon.

  2. A brilliant innovation of a baked potato.Will definately try this recipe out.By the away if you want the paneer in cubes can it be set in tray or something and then cut into cubes???

  3. Hey,

    If you want to make paneer cubes, then fold the muslincloth around the cheese and give a rectangular shape and put something heavy(around 4-5 kgs) on it and leave it for a couple of hrs.And then you can cut the block into cubes.

  4. Its Gr88888888888888888888!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Just wanna have it now!!!
    Its a must try recipie

  5. Nice one..never tried this way...

  6. Thanks I am going to try to make this paneer at home.My daughter loves chilli paneer and mutter paneer but I always buy paneer from shop ready cubed for the recipe.

  7. it is a good recipie i will try!!!

  8. Great recipe. I followed it up to the stuffing stage. Then I made a chickpea flour batter like the bhajia or bateta vada one, dipped the potato in the batter and fried it. It turned out great.

  9. Hi Rachana,
    first time here.
    baked potatoes are my hubby's favourite! ur baked ones look absolutely mouthwatering !!
    happy to follow u....i could as well get the names of deutsch ingredients from u from time to time ;)

  10. Hi Rachna, simply marvellous dear...I was searching for this kind of potato recipe...and lo behold I found it here...need to try this one...very detailed and yummy looking recipe..



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