Sweet Potato Samosas

These nutrition-packed samosas are great for main dinners or lighter lunches.  As a main dinner, I serve them with side dishes of pulao rice or roasted chickpeas and crispy kale.

Serves 6
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 32 minutes

Ingredients

Filling
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 celery stick, finely chopped
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp garam masala
½ tsp turmeric
½ tsp mild chilli powder
225g / 8oz / 1½ cups sweet potato, diced
50g / 2oz / ½ cup frozen peas
75g / 2.5oz / 1 cup spinach, finely chopped
1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander (optional)
2 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp pine nuts 

Pastry
6 sheets filo pastry
olive oil, for brushing

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / Gas 4.
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan (skillet) and sauté the onion for 2 minutes.  Stir in the garlic, celery and all of the spices, and cook for a further 2 minutes.  Add the potatoes and cook over a low heat for 5 minutes or so until they begin to soften.  Stir in the peas, spinach, coriander, sesame seeds and pine nuts, and cook for a further 3 minutes.
  3. Work with one sheet of pastry at a time, and keep  the others covered with cling film (plastic wrap) so they don’t dry out.  Lay the sheet out on a clean work surface (counter) and fold in half lengthwise.  Place 2 tbsp of the vegetable filling at one end of the folded pastry sheet.  Fold over one corner to make a triangle.  Continue folding in this way to make a triangular package and seal the edges with water.  Repeat with the remaining pastry sheets and filling.
  4. Lay the samosas on a baking sheet, brush with olive oil and bake for 20 minutes or so, until golden brown.
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