Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sweet Potato Lettuce Tacos

We had Halloween potluck party at my work. I wanted to bring something fresh/refreshing instead of the same old chips and dips, and cookies etc. I needed to make sure that whatever I pick, can be made the day before and can be assembled in no time. I usually don't have enough time in the evening, so I was looking for a "quick-fix" type of dish.

This dish worked out perfect for my criteria. Everyone loved it. It is not spicy, but it is still wonderful and fresh tasting dish.

2 Heads Bibb (butter) Lettuce, Iceberg lettuce will work too.
4-5 Sweet Potatoes,
1.5 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds,
2 Dried Red Chili Pepper, or Per Taste
Salt to Taste,
1 Teaspoon Chat Masala,
2 Tablespoon Cilantro, Chopped,
1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder,
2 Tablespoon Oil,
3 Tablespoon Salted Almonds or Salted Peanuts, Coarsely Chopped,
1/3 Cup Mild Cheddar or Mexican Blend Cheese, Shredded
1/2 Cup Tortilla Chips, Crushed
Lemon Juice, From 1 Lemon.

Pressure cook the potatoes for 2 whistles. Let them cool. Peel and mash the potatoes.

In another pan, roast the cumin seeds and red chili pepper on low flame for about 5 minutes. Switch off the stove and let it cool. Grind to a fine Powder.

Wash the lettuce and separate the leaves.

Add the dry ingredients to the potatoes and mix well. Heat oil in a pan. Add the potato mixture to the pan. Stir to combine and cook on medium high heat for 7-8 minutes. Stir occasionally. Add 3/4th of the lemon juice.  Transfer the potato mix to a deep dish. Sprinkle almonds and crushed chips on top of the potato mix. Cover with a layer of cheese.

Just about 10-15 minutes before serving, arrange the lettuce leaves in single layer on a big tray/baking or cookie sheet. Drop about 2 tablespoon of the potato mixture into each leaf. Sprinkle some more lemon juice on top of the leaves. Serve immedietly.

If you have a potluck at your home, or you don't want to go through the trouble of assembling each boat/taco, just keep the lettuce leaves stacked up next to the potato filling. Let the guests help themselves.

PS: I was so focused on making the dish last night (before my daughter realized that I am not sleeping next to her) that I forgot to take a picture.
This morning, again, I was trying to get the stuffing in the leaves before the potluck started, so I forgot to take pictures. I did take some pictures mid way thru, but they are not appealing:). I will still upload them, because that is all I have.

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