Baked Vegetarian Samosa

Samosas are a classic indian hand pie/pastry that is served with a variety savory flavors. Generally a pie dough is rolled flat, stuffed with a mixture of vegetables and spiced lamb and then fried. This recipe has been simplified, stuffing a vegetable mixture into a piece of puff pastry and baking until golden brown.

You can use a variety of filings including ground meats, potatoes, grains, beans and vegetables. Spices can include curry, cumin, cinnamon and garam masala (a mixture of warm spices), that can easily be purchased at the grocery store for little $$$.

The technique takes a little practice, but once it is perfected you can make a big batch of samosa in no time. It is also a cool group activity. Remember to use parchment paper or a SILPAT (non stick silicon pad) on your baking sheet so the pastry won't stick!

Baked Vegetarian Samosa

  • 2 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 2 C Sweet Potato or Potato, small dice
  • 1/2 C Onion, small dice
  • 4 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 C Kale, sliced thin and chopped
  • 3/4 C Canned or Frozen Peas
  • 3/4 C Rasions, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Pepper
  • 1-2 tsp. Cumin
  • 1-2 tsp. Curry Powder
  • 3/4 C Water
  • 1 Lime, juiced
  • 2 sheets Puff Pastry, defrost in the fridge
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 C Water
  • 2 tbsp. Sesame Seeds, optional
  • You will need a baking sheet with parchment paper or a SILPAT (non stick silicon pad).

    Pre heat the oven to 425 F. Place a large pan over medium heat and add the olive oil to the pan. Place the sweet potatoes and onions into the pan and cook for 5 minutes, tossing every minutes. Add the next 4 ingredients and cook for 5 minutes, tossing every minute. Add half of the salt, pepper, cumin and curry and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the water and let simmer for 10 minutes or until the water has evaporated and the sweet potatoes are soft. Season the mixture with the rest of the spices to suit your taste and stir in the lime juice. Let this mixture cool to room temperature or chill completely.

    Take the defrosted puff pastry out of the fridge and place both sheets on a cutting board. Mix the egg and the water in a small bowl and set aside. Cut each sheet into 9 equal squares. Take one square and lightly roll it out and rub/paint a small amount of the egg mixture in the 4 sides. Place 2-3 tablespoons - a golf ball sized scoop - of the vegetable mixture in the middle of the square. Pull the 4 corners together with one hand and pinch tightly. Use your other hand to seal the seams together, creating a four cornered pouch of awesomeness. Place the pastry on the lined baking sheet and continue until you have formed 18 samosas. Paint the remaining egg mixture over the pastry and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

    Place the samosas into the oven and bake for 10 minutes, rotate the pans and cook for 8 minutes or until golden brown.

    You can serve samosas with homemade or store bought chutneys, sweet chili sauce or fresh salsa.

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