Baked (OR) Jacket Potatoes as it is called in the UK, is a popular street food. It is a healthy fast food. There are many variations possible. It can be served as simple as you please with some butter and fresh cream or as elaborate as you wish, with a spicy filling of your choice and topped with cheese.
I offer you a simple as well as a hearty feast - Baked Potatoes filled with "Chilli Con Carne" style of filling using dry Soya Beans. Clearing up my pantry while enjoying the process ;-)
For the Potatoes:
Potatoes - 2
Oil - 1 teaspoon
For the Filling:
Dry Soya Beans - 200 grams
Oil - 2 tablespoons
Onion - 1 (small), chop finely
Tomato - 1 (small), chop finely
Cinnamon Powder - 1 pinch
Chilli Powder - 1 teaspoon
Corriander Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Jeera Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Corriander leaves - 1 tablespoon, chopped fine
For the Potato Skins:
Soak the potatoes in water for about 15 minutes. Scrub well with a brush, ensuring a clean skin.
There are several ways you can cook these potatoes - Microwave, Steam, or Bake (Given below.)
For the Filling:
Soak the dry soya beans in plenty of water overnight.
Drain water. Add fresh water to it and pressure cook. Simmer after 2 whistles for 3 minutes.
Take off heat and allow the pressure to subside.
Heat oil in a pan and saute the chopped onions until pink.
Add cinnamon powder, salt and tomatoes. Saute until tomatoes turn pulpy.
Add in chilli powder, corriander powder and cumin powder.
Saute well for two minutes and then add the cooked soya with just enough of the cooked water.
Bring to a boil and simmer until thickened.
When cool enough to handle, gently open the aluminium foil and take the potatoes. Cut it down the centre.
Taking care not to cut the skin, scoop out some of the centres to make a cup like depression.
Spoon the prepared beans in and top with cheese.
Grill for a couple of minutes and serve hot.
Various methods to cook the Potato:
Microwave: Prick the potato with a fork in several places. Wrap in a cloth and Microwave until tender (takes about 12 to 15 minutes).
Steam: Prick the potato, rub the surface with oil and salt. Wrap in an Aluminium foil and steam (or Pressure cook for 2 whistles and then simmer for 4 minutes) until soft.
Bake: Prick the potato, rub the surface with oil and salt. Wrap in an Aluminium foil and bake until soft. This will take about one hour at 200*C.