So I have given up meat for lent just as part of a general health kick and it is a great opportunity to try out some new recipes. I think the main thing to remember when you are trying out some new recipes is to do something that is both different and tasty. These samosas are really handy as they can be a tasty snack, an appetiser to a special meal or a quick lunch treat. They also freeze fantastically so you can make a batch and individually bag them and just take them out the night before you want to eat them.
For the filling you can be really creative add the vegetables you like and spices too. I used a selection of spices (garam masala, turmeric, cayenne pepper and some chilli flakes) but it is really up to you to pick the flavours you like and enjoy. The same rule goes for the vegetables, mix and match and experiment. Root vegetables work well and the main thing is to ensure your filling isn’t too moist as it will effect the texture of the samosa. One other note on this recipe, I don’t make the pastry from scratch you can but you can buy fantastic pastry in the chilled section in the supermarket to cut this part out.
2 cloves of garlic
1 onion (optional)
1 cup of peas
1 tsp Garam Masala
1 tsp Tumeric
1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1/2 tsp Chilli Flakes
100 ml Vegetable Stock
- Heat the garlic and onions in a pan with some vegetable oil.
- Add in the vegetables
- Stir in the spices
- Stir in the stock
- Leave to simmer for 30 minutes
At this point you then need to place the filling into a glass bowl and leave to chill. This is crucial as otherwise the filling will pierce through the pastry, which is delicate.
- You then need divide the pastry sheets you have into rectangular strips. I have included an image as a guideline of the shape you need to fold your samosas
- Place a tablespoon of filling into each piece of pastry and dampen the edges as you fold to ensure the mixture is sealed.
Deep fry the samosas in hot oil until they are crisp and brown and then pat dry with kitchen paper. Alternatively, brush the samosas with a little oil and oven bake at 200 degrees celsius for 20 minutes.
And there you have it, a tasty treat that will certainly impress your friends that doesn’t take too much thought.