March 14th is a very famous day. Tis a day of celebration. Tis a day of learning. Tis a day that we call "Pi Day." Tis also a day mostly famous amongst engineers, mathematicians, and physicists more than anyone else, but hey we're the awesome ones anyways ;)

We had a pi(e) baking competition at work. Here's a look at some of the amazing creations that were submitted!

One of the best things about this competition was that began at exactly 1:59pm. It took me a LONG time until I realized that it was intended to begin at 3/14 1:59, which are the next few digits in pi.

Once I got over how clutch that was, I began planning what I would bake to enter in this competition. There were tons of categories including best newbie, most creative, best savory, best sweet, etc. I decided I would do something different and make a savory pie, but what to make... THEN I realized I could make Indian savory pies (cover my dinner for a few days) and attempt to blow everyone's minds. I decided to enter 2 pies: a paneer tikka pie and a samosa pie. Yes, I am very well aware that a samosa pie is really just a LARGE samosa, it's just semantics. I have also realized I have watched too much Psych when I use the phrase "it's just semantics" excessively.

Since I decided to experiment so much you guys get TWO recipes this week all wrapped up inside one post. I know we're terrible people who haven't posted in a bit, but I promise we'll make it up to you guys and more. Since I used frozen pie crust, the overall time I spent baking was actually not as long as I had anticipated. I'm not going to write out the whole pie recipe because its fairly generic and you can follow the timings/instructions on the pie crust box itself. I made double crusted pies (where theres crust below and on top of the filling) so I just followed the instructions on the top pie crust box. It was something like this crust, the kind you roll out and lay on top of the pie.

There's actually some chicken tikka mini pies in that picture above but that was mainly for myself ;)

Paneer Tikka Pi(e) Filling

Ingredients:

  • Uncooked paneer, cubed
  • 4 tbsp tandoori masala powder (I really like Kissan Tandoori Masala)
  • Dahi (curds)
  • Directions:

    Mix the tandoori masala and 2-3 large spoons of dahi together in a large bowl. Add the paneer and mix until the paneer pieces are fully covered in the marinade. Add more dahi and tandoori masala as needed. Let the paneer marinate for at least 2 hours.

    Samosa Pi(e) Filling

    Ingredients:

  • 3 medium sized potatoes
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp dry mango powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 3/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • lemon juice (to taste)
  • salt (to taste)
  • Directions:

    Fill a pot 3/4 full with water and add the potatoes and a pinch of salt. Boil on medium-high heat until potatoes are cooked completely. Put the potatoes in a bowl of cold water to cool for a minute. Peel and chop the potatoes into cubes.

    Heat a little oil in a pan. Add cumin and roast. When the cumin starts crackling, add the ginger-garlic paste and sauté until the smell of raw ginger goes away. Lower the heat and add all the dry spices and stir.

    Add the potatoes and peas along with salt (to taste). Sauté for a few minutes and then mix in chopped coriander and lemon juice (to taste).

    I know this is terrible... but I HAD to. :D