This simple recipe is a great way of using leftover potatoes or any other excess vegetables you have available. Inspired by Indian samosas this lighter, baked version is full of Indian flavours and thanks to use of filo pastry deliciously crunchy. Perfect idea for quick lunch that the whole family will enjoy or a party snack.
Spices such as cumin and coriander are full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Calcium rich chili busts your immunity and aids digestive health. It’s really worth spicing up your life!
2 cups of cooked potatoes
1/2 cup of peas
1/2 cup of raw cauliflower
Tbs of Coriander seeds or Tsp of ground coriander
Tbs of Cumin seeds or Tsp of ground cumin
Tsp of smoked paprika
Salt and pepper
Sesame seeds (optional)
Start with placing coriander and cumin on dry pan and toast them for 1min. Remove from pan and set aside.
In the same pan heat up some oil, add chopped onion, chopped chili (as much as heat you desire) and chopped cauliflower. Fry for few minutes. Add cubed potato and peas, mix well. Add the toasted spices, 2 -3 gloved of minced garlic and fry for further 2-3 min until all ingredients and flavours are well combined. Squash the mixture down gently (think bubble and squeak), it will help you manage filling the pastry later as it will hold together better. Let the filling cool down.
Line a baking tray with baking paper or apply a little oil, spread well and set aside. Preheat the oven to 180C.
Cut your filo pastry into around 15cm wide strips and cover with damp towel to prevent the pastry from drying. In a small cup pour some oil and get a brush ready (you can also use spray oil). Get one strip of filo pastry, place cold potato mixture (around 1 large spoon) at the end of your strip leaving 1-2cm boarder. Spray/ brush the strip with some oil including the boarders and start folding the pastry forming triangle.
Keep folding up until all pastry is used. Bush with some more oil and sprinkle with sesame seeds if using. Please on a baking tray and continue folding the rest of the triangles.
Finally, place in the oven for 20 min or until the pastry is brown and crunchy on the outside. Enjoy on its own, or serve with some mango chutney and fresh salad.
- replace sesame seeds with Nigella seeds
- those parcels are delicious with sweet potatoes too
- add any leftover veg available, green beans, broad beans, carrot, spinach,…
- they are best eaten immediately