Happy New Year! I thought I'd go in a different direction than starting out the year with a diet meal. I'm still working on my Indian cooking and came across this recipe in a Vegetarian Times magazine for a samosa-type casserole. Instead of fried pockets of dough filled with potatoes, veggies and spices, you baked it in a whole wheat crust. You can make this vegan by replacing the honey with sugar. Flavorful, a bit spicy and low in calories and fat - well I guess I did a diet food after all!
Adapted from a recipe in Vegetarian Times January 2010
Time: About 30 minutes active; 1.5 hours total
Price: About $5.00 total; $0.85 per serving
Nutrition (per serving):
Saturated fat: 1.3g
For the crust:
1/2 cup white flour
1/2 cup wheat flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp cold butter, preferably plant-based
For the filling:
1 1/2 tsp salt, divided
3-5 medium potatoes (1 1/4lb), quartered
1/2 Tbsp canola oil1 large onion, chopped
2 medium carrots, halved and chopped
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp mustard seeds, yellow or black
2 tsp ginger, preferably freshly grated
1 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground cumin1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, 1/8 tsp if you prefer less spicy
1 1/2 cup peas
1 cup vegetable broth
2 tsp honey or sugar
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp soy milk
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. To make the crust, pulse flours, salt and butter in a food processor. Add 6-10 Tbsp cold water slowly and pulse until dough comes together. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead to form a ball. Cover with a damp towel and set aside.
2. To make the filling, bring pot of water to boil. Add 1 tsp salt and quartered potatoes. Cook 15 minutes, drain and mash leaving some chunks. Set aside.
3. In a large skillet, heat canola oil over medium heat. Add onion, carrots and garlic. Saute for 5 minutes until carrots begin to soften. Meanwhile, mix mustard seeds, ginger, curry, coriander, cumin and pepper flakes in a small bowl. Make a well in the center of the skillet and add spices. Toast for 30 second and then mix into the vegetables. Stir in peas and vegetable broth. Remove from heat and mix in mashed potatoes, honey and black pepper.
4. On a floured surface roll dough into a 11" circle. Pour vegetable mixture into a cooking spray sprayed 9" pie pan. Cover with dough and make a 'X' in the center for a vent. Brush with soy milk. Slide onto a baking sheet and cook for 40-50 minutes until crust is golden. Remove from oven and set sit 5 minutes before serving.