Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
A delicious yet low-fat twice-baked potato side dish with a blend of classic Middle Eastern flavours: chickpeas, cumin and coriander. Serve with roasts or with your favourite Middle Eastern main course dish. Adapted from "Practical Cookery: low fat". These potatoes could also be served on their own as a light vegetarian meal. In view of the comments by reviewers about the potatoes being a bit dry, I have added a tablespoon of tahini. I have also added some garlic. I'm not sure how the recipe escaped having garlic in it when I first posted it!
- 4 baking potatoes (each about 300g)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 (430 g) can chickpeas, drained
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 4 tablespoons fresh coriander, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 2⁄3 cup natural low-fat yogurt
- 1 tablespoon tahini
- salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 200ºC.
- Wash the potatoes to remove any dirt, pat dry with paper towels.
- Prick the potatoes all over with a fork, brush with olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Place the potatoes on a lightly greased baking tray and bake for about an hour or until cooked through.
- Cool for about 10 minutes.
- While the potatoes are roasting, drain the chickpeas, place in a large mixing bowl and mash with a fork.
- Add the ground coriander, the cumin, the crushed garlic and half the fresh coriander. Cover the bowl with with plastic wrap, and set aside.
- Once they have cooled, taking care to keep the shells intact, halve the cooked potatoes and scoop out the flesh.
- Mash the potato flesh until smooth and gently mix with the chickpea mixture.
- Fold in the yoghurt and tahini, and add a little more of either of these if the mixture seems too dry, season with the pepper and salt, to taste.
- Place the potato shells on a lightly greased baking tray and fill them with the potato and chickpea mixture.
- Place the filled potato shells in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until heated through.
- Serve the potatoes with the remaining half of the chopped coriander.
These turned out to be really nice "middle eastern" style twice baked potatoes! I liked your adjustments of adding 2 cloves garlic and 1 Tablespoon tahini though honestly I ended up using 3 large galic cloves (I'm a big garlic lover!) and 3 Tablespoons total of the tahini (also a big tahini lover). I also added 2 teaspoons of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar for our own taste though it tasted nice already before I added it. They are healthier than most twice baked potatoes which is also a real plus for me and I always love trying something new! Thanks! Made for Zaar Tag.
The chickpeas were new to me, but I liked them. I also liked the tang of the yogurt. I added a little sprinkle of paprika for color. We had pickled turnips on the side. Very tasty. Might be good with a sprinkle of feta cheese crumbles on top also.
Sorry Blue! I agree with Rita. This just was not well received by my family. since Rita said they were dry I increased the yogurt to 1 cup but that didn't seem to really help. Maybe some good olive oil or butter in the potato mixture? Sorry!