Pies seem to be the rage recently and I've noticed lots of cookbooks lately featuring both savory and sweet pies, sometimes mini ones and others fitting the more traditional standard. This one is adapted from a cookbook that I received to look over and I was immediately drawn to a unique take on aloo palak that incorporates the potato component of this classic Indian potato and spinach curry into a delightful crust. To make it even more interesting, I added some crumbled paneer cheese and some of my favorite spices that are always eager to greet me when I open the cupboard door.
Now, Pies and Tarts with Heart is a vegan book, but although I am quite smitten by many of the creative ideas for pies that are presented throughout the book — and adore vegan options besides — my initial complaint was the use of margarine in many of the recipes. This is not to say that I don't recommend the book, especially as oil and other alternatives could be used instead of margarine or vegetable shortening to keep it vegan. Vegetarian that I am, I substituted butter and yogurt in the crust with great success and look forward to trying more of the book's recipes, with an inspired take on the dishes that are presented between the covers.
Citrus pies, traditional pies with a vegan twist, go raw if you please, or nutty or maybe creamy, or load them up with berries, nuts, veggies or fruit. No matter your dietary preferences or cooking style, there are a good many recipes to inspire you in the kitchen in this cookbook. The writing is informative and warm, just like your favorite pies, and the book is complete with lovely photographs that will encourage numerous cooking sessions.
I know my husband and best friend enjoyed their meal immensely, as did I, especially served alongside some pappadums with an avocado pomegranate spiced dip — I'll be sharing that recipe soon with a nod to Raghavan Iyer and his latest cookbook, Indian Cooking Unfolded.
Don't let the long list of ingredients intimidate you. It really is not difficult to make, especially if you plan ahead.
|Aloo Palak Paneer Pie|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Inspired by Pies and Tarts with Heart: Expert Pie-Building Techniques for 60+ Sweet and Savory Vegan Pies
Published on August 12, 2013
Classic tangy and spicy Indian spinach, potato and paneer cheese curry transformed into a pie with a mashed potato crust — this delicious and nourishing savory pie will make a real impression on your diners
Other spinach dishes you are sure to enjoy from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen:
Mushroom, Lentil and Spinach Risotto
Spinach Pancakes with Lime Butter
Spiced Creamed Spinach (Malai Sak)
Quinoa Spinach Salad with Feta, Pomegranate and Toasted Almonds
On the top of the reading stack: Indian Cooking Unfolded: A Master Class in Indian Cooking, with 100 Easy Recipes Using 10 Ingredients or Less by Raghavan Iyer
Audio Accompaniment: Harold Budd