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Vegetable Samosas

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Categories: Entertaining, Finger Foods, Spicy, Vegetarian
Type: Appetizers and Snacks

Enjoy the flavors of India in these pastry pouches full of healthy and slightly spicy vegetables.

Serves: serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 potatoes, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup finely chopped vegetables-use combinations of favorite vegetables, such as carrots, beans, peas, spinach, cauliflower, and parsnips
  • 1 tsp mild curry powder or paste
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese or cottage cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 8 sheets filo pastry
  • 4 tbsp poppy seeds or black sesame seeds

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Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Boil the potato cubes in lightly salted water for about 10 minutes, or until soft. Drain well.
  3. In a separate pan, bring enough water to a boil to just cover the chopped vegetables, and cook them until tender but still crisp.
  4. Drain well and put the vegetables and potatoes into a bowl.
  5. Add the curry powder or paste, cheese, and salt and pepper. Mix everything really well together.
  6. Melt the olive oil and butter in a small saucepan.
  7. Lay out one sheet of filo pastry and brush it with the melted butter and oil.
  8. Lay another sheet on top and brush again. Then cut the pastry lengthwise into strips about 3 in (7 cm) wide.
  9. Put a heaped teaspoon of filling at one end of a strip.
  10. Fold the pastry diagonally so that it makes a triangle. Keep folding over along the length of the strip until your triangle is completed.
  11. Brush the outside with butter and roll the samosa in poppy or black sesame seeds. Repeat with all your pastry and filling.
  12. Put the samosas on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until golden. Serve the samosas while they are still warm. Makes about 16.

Excerpted from SuperFoods, SuperFast.
Copyright © 2006 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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