Sweet Potato Samosas


Stupendous Veg Samosas

Light, flaky and packed with energizing spinach and sweet potato these samosas are the last word in savoury pastry parcels.

Serves 4

  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • (about 500g), peeled and cut into small pieces
  • 1 tbs vegetable oil, plus extra for brushing
  • 2 red onions, 1 chopped, 1 halved and finely sliced
  • Ginger, thumb sized, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 large red chilli, finely chopped
  • Small bunch coriander, stalks finely chopped, leaves picked
  • 1 tbs curry powder
  • 2 tsp black onion/nigella seeds
  • 200g spinach leaves
  • 270g pack filo pastry
Sweet Potato & Spinach Samosas

How To Make Sweet Potato & Spinach Samosas

  1. Put the sweet potatoes in a large bowl, cover with cling film and microwave on High for 8 mins or steam until soft.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large pan, add the chopped onion and cook for a few mins to soften. Stir in the ginger, garlic, chilli and coriander stalks, stirring for a couple mins more until fragrant. Add the curry powder and half the black onion seeds to the pan, stir for 30 secs or so until fragrant, then add the spinach and 2-3 tbsp water. Cook the spinach until wilted, then add the sweet potato and any liquid from the bowl. Season well and mash everything together with the back of a spoon, leaving some chunky bits of potato. Leave to cool completely.
  3. Unroll the pastry and pull out two sheets to work with – keep the rest covered with a tea towel to prevent it from drying out. Brush both sheets with a little oil and scatter some of the black onion seeds over one sheet. Put the other sheet on top. With the shortest side facing you, cut down the centre to make two long strips. Scoop a sixth of the sweet potato mixture onto the top right-hand corner of the filo in a rough triangle shape. Fold the pastry over on an angle, continuing down the length of the pastry until you reach the bottom and have a neat triangle encasing the filling. Trim off any excess pastry with a knife. Repeat to make six samosas. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan.
  4. Put the samosas on a baking tray lined with baking parchment. Brush with a little more oil and sprinkle over the remaining black onion seeds. Bake for 25-30 mins or until deep golden brown.
  5. Serve with a chutney of choice, it's great with Punjabi Hot Mint chutney.
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