Jacket potatoes with a bit of Desi Jhatka

I love having Jacket potatoes as a quick snack but  I always prefer to have them spicer with a hint of Indian spices.   One of the ways of making the potato spicer is to stir-fry all it’s toppings with the desi spices. Everytime, I make this, I experiment with the spices and condiments.  Please use this recipe as a guide but enjoy trying out different variations. (please free to make variations as per your taste and favorites):

Ingredients  for 4 servings

  • 4 large jacket potatoes
  • 2 onion diced finely
  • 1 green pepper diced finely
  • 1 red pepper diced finely
  • 1 can baked beans
  • 1 cup sweet corn
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1-2  tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 2-3 green chillies
  • small bunch of coriander finely chopped
  • 2-3 spoons of soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1-2 teaspoons of tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano or rosemary


1.  Wash the potato and  score it in the middle with a sharp knife.

2.  Boil the potatoes in a saucepan of water or wrap them in a wet kitchen paper and cook them in the microwave.  I prefer to steam them in a pressure cooker.
 3.  Once cooked, peel the potato, rub the outside with some oil, with oregano or rosemary, salt and pepper.

4.  Put these potatoes on a pre heated oven – 190 degrees-  for 20 minutes.

5.  In the meantime – prepare the toppings.

6.  In a frying pan, heat a tablespoon of oil and stir-fry the onions and peppers.  I stir-fried my green and red peppers separately as some members of my family don’t like very hot food but you can do them in the same pan if you like.  Add salt, pepper, soy sauce, tomato sauce, lemon, green chillies and sugar.

7. Once the onions soften, switch off the heat and add the coriander and cumin powder and stir.

8.  Warm the sweet corn and baked beans.  These too could be spiced up if you like.

9.  Remove the potatoes and top them with your favourite toppings.  If you like, you can add butter to your potato when you cut it in half.  I prefer not to use butter as we have used oil for stir frying the vegetables.

10.  Fill your potato with the stir-fry, sweet corn, beans and cheese.  If you like melted cheese, just grill or microwave this for a minute before eating. This is what I call Jacket potato with a bit of desi  Jhatka,