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Trinidad Aloo Pies (recipe)

Trinidad Aloo Pie

Is there a Trini who hasn’t chomped on an aloo pie? It seems that I’ve been eating them as long as I can remember. They were a staple in both my primary and secondary schools’ cafeterias (or as we call them ‘tuck shops’).
They are also easily found in the bakeries and eateries in and around Port-of-Spain should I want a cheap and filling lunch or breakfast.

So what are aloo pies? Well they are simply flat elongated puffy fried pieces of dough, filled with a spicy (and often peppery) mashed potato filling.

Potato. Pepper. Bread. What’s not to love? Forget your blood pressure and cholesterol for a minute and just bite in 🙂 You’ll be glad you did 🙂

BTW, these also freeze and reheat amazingly well 🙂

Trinidad Aloo Pies

Recipe By: TriniGourmet
Serving Size: 9


2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cups water
4 medium potatoes
1 tsp ground geera (cumin)
1 tsp hot pepper sauce
1 1/2 tsp salt
black pepper, to taste
oil for frying

Trinidad Aloo Pie


1. Mix flour, baking powder, salt and water and knead lightly
2. Set aside to relax, covered with a bowl or wet cloth

Trinidad Aloo Pie

3. Peel and boil potatoes in salt water until tender
4. Mash potatoes well
5. Season filling with salt, black pepper, hot pepper and ground geera

Trinidad Aloo Pie

6. Divide dough into 9 loyah (balls)

Trinidad Aloo Pie

7. Flatten balls into 4″ circles and fill with potato

Trinidad Aloo Pie

8. Wet one edge with water, fold over and seal, enclosing all potato

Trinidad Aloo Pie

9. Flatten pie between hands as much as possible without breaking the seal (they’ll repuff when fried don’t worry!)

Trinidad Aloo Pie

10. Fry in deep oil until golden brown

Trinidad Aloo Pie

11. Drain on paper towels

Trinidad Aloo Pie


If loyah (balls) are made smaller, 12 medium sized aloo pies can be made

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Passionate foodie, founder of Trinigourmet and Caribbean Lifestyle Maven. Author of "Glam By Request: 30+ Easy Caribbean Recipes" [3]