Samosa Pie

Samosa Pie

I luuuurve samosas. The kind we get around here are mostly vegetarian – chunky mashed potatoes, soft peas, gentle heat from green chili, enclosed in a flakey, deep-fried pastry crust and served with a sticky-sweet chutney… serious Indian comfort food.

Sometimes we make the hike out to Vancouver’s Little India (49th & Main, if you’re local) to purchase our weight in fifty-cent samosas and eat them in the car, straight out of the greasy paper bag – pastry flaking all over our shirts, tamarind chutney dribbling down our chins, rogue peas making their way under car seats (and into bras…). And we call it dinner.

Samosa Pie
The filling-to-(deep fried)-pastry ratio, however, isn’t really optimal for calling it a meal on a regular basis (especially if you want to get the heck back into your pre-pregnancy jeans!). And so we have my super yummy brain-child, Samosa Pie.

Lean ground turkey (or chicken), potatoes, peas, lots of chopped fresh cilantro, and ample spice, topped with just enough crust (puff pastry, in this case) to have a bit of buttery flavour and textural contrast with every forkful.

Samosa Pie

You can make your own mango chutney to serve alongside it, or buy a bottle. It’s actually quick and simple (and delicious!) to make while the pie bakes… and you can replace the mango with fresh peaches or plums, when they’re in season.

If you’d like to use homemade pastry, you could halve this recipe to make a single crust. Bake the same way, until golden brown.

Also, I have doubled the recipe and stuck one in the freezer (pastry unbaked) – it’s excellent as a cook once, eat twice meal! Just lower oven temperature by 25 degrees and bake from frozen – covered in tin foil for an hour or so first, then remove foil and continue baking until pastry is done.

Samosa Pie

Uh oh, I think Theo’s going to baby-bomb another blog post…

Samosa Pie

Samosa Pie
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Serves: 4
 
NOTE: if using puff pastry, be sure to pop it in the fridge to thaw a day in advance. ALSO, if you aren't sure about heat, seed the jalapeño and use only half. As written, the pie is quite spicy.
Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp ghee or butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb ground chicken (or turkey)
  • 2 tbsp garam masala (or curry powder)
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • salt
  • 1½ lbs potato (about 2 medium russets), diced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup green peas, frozen or fresh
  • ½ cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed (1/2 a 17-oz package) OR homemade single pie crust recipe
Instructions
  1. Heat ghee or butter in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add onion and cook until golden and caramelized, about 20 minutes. Add jalapeno and garlic; cook 1 minute more.
  2. Stir in ground chicken, garam masala, turmeric and 1½ tsp salt. Cook until chicken is no longer pink.
  3. Stir in diced potatoes and water; cover pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender, about 25 minutes. Stir in peas and cilantro. Taste, and adjust seasoning - you'll probably need more salt.
  4. Transfer mixture to a 2-quart (2 L) baking dish. Roll out pastry and place over top. Cut a few steam vents.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees until crust is golden brown, about 25 minutes.
 

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42 Reviews

  1. Rob McGuire

    June 7, 2013 1:18 pm - Reply

    This looks really good! And it’s always nice to come across a recipe where I have almost all the ingredients on hand

    • foodess

      June 11, 2013 3:43 pm - Reply

      Perfect, let me know what you think, Rob! :)

  2. Unhip Squirrel

    June 7, 2013 1:19 pm - Reply

    Keep the baby bombs coming!

    • foodess

      June 11, 2013 3:43 pm - Reply

      Haha I don’t think I could stop if I tried…

  3. col

    June 7, 2013 1:20 pm - Reply

    I love samosas too so I’m definitely going to try this!

    (Yay Theo!)

    • foodess

      June 11, 2013 3:43 pm - Reply

      Yay Col! :)

  4. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    June 7, 2013 3:34 pm - Reply

    This looks beautiful, I love the idea of throwing in some additional vegetables of whatever you have. So delicious – thanks for sharing!

    • foodess

      June 11, 2013 3:42 pm - Reply

      Totally – throw in what you like! :)

  5. Kankana

    June 7, 2013 3:45 pm - Reply

    That is such an incredible idea for samosa. Rather then rolling, filling and shaping, you have done all in one take. Super brilliant!

    • foodess

      June 11, 2013 3:42 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Kankana! :)

  6. Irina @ wandercrush

    June 8, 2013 6:25 pm - Reply

    Theo’s beautiful! Those big baby eyes.
    This pie gives him a run for his money though… it looks so so good. Brilliant idea!

    • foodess

      June 11, 2013 3:42 pm - Reply

      Haha thanks, Irina :)

  7. Kulsum Kunwa

    June 9, 2013 8:36 am - Reply

    Brilliant idea :) Have you tried lentil samosas?

    • foodess

      June 11, 2013 3:41 pm - Reply

      No, I haven’t! Are you suggesting I should?

  8. All that's Jas

    June 11, 2013 10:50 am - Reply

    How clever! I love samosas but omit them because of the frying factor. Why didn’t I think of making a pie?
    Btw, baby Theo is precious!

    • foodess

      June 11, 2013 3:41 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Jas! :)

  9. Cheri | Kitchen Simplicity

    June 11, 2013 3:06 pm - Reply

    This sounds so delicious! And, I love that it’s so much easier to prepare. Baby Theo is killing me! So darn cute.

    • foodess

      June 11, 2013 3:40 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Cheri. He kills me, too :)

  10. Christine Van de Perre

    June 12, 2013 9:57 am - Reply

    Love this idea. A definite must-try and soon. And congratulations on your baby boy – he’s adorable!

  11. Anita

    June 12, 2013 8:16 pm - Reply

    Made this tonight – DELICIOUS!

  12. Liz

    June 13, 2013 9:33 am - Reply

    I saw this recipe this morning, and immediately pulled some ground chicken and pastry out of the freezer to thaw. I made mine with a 50/50 blend of potato & cauliflower. Made the mango chutney as well (even though mangos where I live are about $5 a piece, not $3 a box!). It was a nice splurge. This was a great meal that I’m sure to make again!

    (Just a friendly note, the addition of peas is currently missing from the recipe section :-) And your little boy is gorgeous! Congratulations!!

    • foodess

      June 14, 2013 12:32 pm - Reply

      Great idea, with the 50:50 cauliflower! Will have to try that. Glad you enjoyed the (expensive) mango chutney too!! :) Thanks for the note on the peas – will update that pronto…

  13. spoon

    June 16, 2013 2:16 pm - Reply

    I wish I could make this NOW! Baby is adorable by the way…

  14. Alanna Taylor-Tobin

    June 20, 2013 9:11 am - Reply

    Oh, yum! I love samosas, but rarely have the patience to shape them, thus I am all over this! Brilliant. Many congratulations on your new addition! :)

    • foodess

      June 26, 2013 5:42 pm - Reply

      I know, me neither! Thank you! :)

  15. Lynne Polischuik

    June 23, 2013 7:52 pm - Reply

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was a hit :) Wasn’t sure if we’d have kids here or not, so I reduced the spices (1/2 a jalapeño and only 1 tbsp of curry powder) and it was still plenty hot. Not sure if we’re just sucky when it comes to fiery spices or if my curry powder is just exceptionally hot. Nonetheless: Fantastic recipe, great idea–and please keep those Baby Bombs coming! :)

    • foodess

      June 24, 2013 11:11 am - Reply

      Glad it was a hit, Lynne! Hmm, maybe I’ll include a note about seeding the jalapeno and using half if you’re not used to heat! Thanks for the tip :)

  16. Karen

    June 26, 2013 3:07 am - Reply

    Looks fabulous! I can’t wait to try! Such a great idea!

    • foodess

      June 26, 2013 5:39 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Karen! :)

  17. Laura T

    July 21, 2013 5:30 pm - Reply

    Brilliant. Pinning now!

  18. Mona Q

    August 3, 2013 9:22 pm - Reply

    That sounds disgusting. Why do you think it’s cute to change the food of another ethnicity. This is not even authentic south Asian food. No south asian in their right mind would wanna eat this….Also it would taste nothing like an authentic samosas. Next time stick to buying foods other people can make better.

    • foodess

      August 6, 2013 11:09 am - Reply

      Hahaha and the angry commenter award goes to…. drumroll please…. (P.S. my South Asian husband loves it…)

  19. kickpleat

    August 6, 2013 12:07 pm - Reply

    Yeesh ^^^. Regardless, this is what I made every holiday when I was vegetarian and lived with my parents, except I used phyllo dough instead. I think it’s time for a remake!

    • foodess

      August 9, 2013 12:12 pm - Reply

      Nice! Great minds think alike :)

  20. All that's Jas

    September 4, 2013 6:59 am - Reply

    I’m back to tell you how great this dish was! Even my sister-in-law who proclaimed that she hates mangoes, tried mango chutney per your recipe and loved it. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Dixya Bhattarai RD

    September 12, 2013 1:37 pm - Reply

    i cant wait to make these -

  22. Megan@Food and Whine

    November 28, 2013 10:34 am - Reply

    This looks delicious! And you baby is adorable too :)

  23. Shannon Johnson

    December 7, 2013 1:36 pm - Reply

    Made a vegetarian version of your recipe for church potluck and it was a tremendous hit!  So easy too!  My daughter asked me to make it again so we don’t have to share it next time : )

  24. Erin O

    December 7, 2013 7:34 pm - Reply

    Mona Q, spreading joy to all corners of the earth and all ethnicities. If food can stir up her hatred…I pity those who are around for the remainder of her days.

  25. foodess

    December 8, 2013 1:50 pm - Reply

    @Shannon Johnson Yay! Glad everyone liked it :)

  26. soozieQ

    January 6, 2014 9:18 am - Reply

    Totally delicious. Made this at home and my husband loved it. So passed on your recipe to our chef at our school for 40 middle-school boys and they cleaned it up. No mango chutney to go with so used a little bottled plum sauce. Quick and easy and one casserole dish to clean. Just discovered your blog and love it and your photos. Thank you!

  27. Farah @ The Cooking Jar

    May 26, 2014 3:13 pm - Reply

    I love samosas, curry puffs, anything with a crispy, flaky outer layer and wonderful fillings. What a unique take on making a pie out of the general ingredients.