This Indian potato pie recipe is my version of a fail-safe entertaining dish I’ve been making for years. It looks impressive, the flavour is fantastic, and it tastes great slightly warm or cold, so you can make it well ahead.
700g/1lb 9oz potatoes, sliced
400g/14oz sweet potatoes, sliced
1 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 & garam masala
pinch dried chilli flakes
200g/7oz frozen peas
juice 1 lemon, plus extra wedges to serve
small bunch coriander, chopped
25g/1oz butter, melted
275g pack filo pastry
½ tsp poppy seeds
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. Cook for a further 2-3 mins, then turn off the heat and stir into the potatoes with the peas, lemon juice and coriander.
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. 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. Cover with remaining filo, then fold up overhanging sides and scrunch up pastry near the edges.
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. Serve either hot or at room temperature with lemon wedges.