• Kirn Pitamber

Samosa Pie from Thanksgiving Leftovers

Updated: Nov 28, 2020




Imagine, all the yumminess of samosas with less work and it's healthier because it's baked! And best of all, you can use up your Thanksgiving leftovers to make this! Use those leftover mashed potatoes, vegetables and pie crust and add some spice. It's versatile because you can add whatever vegetables and spices you like. Versatility means vegetarian, vegan & kid friendly too!


Vegetarian samosa filling is pretty simple. It's spiced up potato and peas. The filling is wrapped in a flaky crust. I'm always thinking about how to work smarter and not harder. So instead of wrapping and frying a bunch of samosas, I basically made one giant samosa.



INGREDIENTS I USED

- 2 cups chopped or sliced carrots

- 2 cups peas

(vegetable can be raw or cooked)

- 1 large onion chopped (about 2 cups)

- 8 garlic cloves minced

- 4 cups mashed potatoes (3-4 large russet potatoes)

- 2 TBPS oil

- 1 1/4 cup water

- 1 defrosted pie crust ( I used Trader Joe's)

*use a vegan pie crust & this meal turns vegan

 


SPICES I USED

(add or subtract according to your taste)

- 1 tbsp of each of following

cumin, chili powder, garam masala, turmeric, paprika

- 1 TBSP sea salt

*add red pepper if you'd like heat.



Heat oil in a large sauce pan. Saute onion till slightly brown, about 5 min.

Add garlic & cook till fragrant, about 2-3 min. Add carrot & peas (or whatever vegetable you're using). If using raw or frozen vegetables, add 1/2 cup water & cook for 5 min. If using cooked veg skip this & continue. Add all the spices & cook 1-2 min till fragrant. Don't cook spices too long as they will burn & taste bitter. Stir in 3/4 cup water.



Add mashed potato & combine well. Taste mixture and add more salt if needed. Add more water if mixture is dry. Place mixture in a pie dish. Carefully unroll your defrosted pastry over the mixture, making sure it's centered. I usually have to "reassemble" my crust. Notice the lines in picture 3? I had to gently press the pieces together. Oh well.


Pinch and seal the edge of the crust, making sure a little extra hangs down as it will shrink. Then make slits on the crust. This is an easy recipe to get the kids involved. Just watch my handsome assistant in action. He's also my official taste tester.




Bake at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes. Bake until crust is golden brown. Cover edges with foil if they brown quickly. Let it sit about 10 min. before cutting.

Samosa is usually served during tea time or "chai ka time." I love to eat this with fruit and green tea. This also makes a hearty meal my whole family enjoys. I'm sure you and your family will enjoy this too!




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