Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Parsnip Samosa Pie

The filling of this 'Parsnip Samosa Pie' is made in the same vain as a traditional South Asian Vegetable Samosa, which often contains potatoes, peas and spices.  Although there is still potato in this, I have given the sweet rooty vegetable  - the parsnip the main starring role here. 

A slice of this sweet and spicy pie can serve as a meal in itself.  Other than a little green, in the form of salad leaves and perhaps some brown or tamarind sauce, it doesn't need much else.
You can make the pastry from scratch, but there are times when I just like to use filo pastry or puff pastry in this case; and if you have the patience and the inclination, you can also make traditional individual triangular samosas.  For ease and laziness, I kept it simple and made a family friendly pie.  

Some of you may think that you've seen this 'Parsnip Samosa Pie' on my blog before, but you haven't.  However it is remarkably similar to the Garam Masala Swede Filo Pie I made early this year.  If you like the look of this, you may be interested to note that a couple of months ago fellow blogger Johanna of Green Gourmet Giraffe made a vegetable variation of a Samosa pie too, so please do go by and check it out.   
Parsnip Samosa Pie
Serves 4 or 6
You will need a 10 inch pie tin or similar
Ingredients
4 - 6 medium parsnips, peeled and chopped
2 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped into small cubes
120g - 160g frozen peas
1 medium onion, finely sliced
2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
1 tablespoon garam masala or to taste
1 red or green chilli, sliced (remove seeds if you wish)
Salt to taste
375g Ready-rolled packet of puff pastry
Method
In one pot, steam the parsnips until soft. Then roughly mash and set aside.
In another pot, either steam or cook the potato cubes in salted water until cooked. Drain and set aside.
In another pot, boil the peas until tender. Drain and set aside.
In a wide pan, slowly fry the shallots in the oil, until soft and caramelized – this will take about 15 minutes. Halfway through the process, add the spices and cook for a few minutes more.
Now in a large bowl, combine all the ingredients. Season with salt to taste.
Roll the pastry and cut two rounds to it your tin.  One is for the base that should be large and the top a little smaller.  Begin lining the bottom of the tart tin with the puff pastry. Allow the pastry to flop over the sides. Now gently spoon in the spiced vegetable mixture. (You may have some filling left over. Just eat as a cooks treat! ). Fill right to the top, smoothing gently as you go so that it is compact. Now gently put the puff pastry lid, pulling over the flopping pastry and press with your fingers to seal. Don't worry if it looks a little uneven, the ruffled effect adds a bit of character to the pie.  Bake in oven at Gas mark 4 for 20 - 30 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool, before serving with a light green salad.

14 comments:

  1. This looks so yummy, I love samosas! I also really like your Scotland picture on your sidebar. Is it made up of all different food stuff?xx

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  2. I love the sound of this one - a real East Meets West recipe, ideal for us pie-eating Brits when we want something a little different.

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  3. So yummy! I will have them for sunday brunch, or maybe if can get hold of swedes (unfortunately they are a rarity here), your garam masala pie. They both look so fabulously delicious ...

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  4. Good timing on this MC..everyone wants to use up the last of their root veg from their autumn garden...and parsnips are so delicious...sweet and fragrant. Also a good idea with regard to the filo...I have a package in the freezer a few months now and need using up! Spring veg just around the corner...yippee.

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  5. Oh YUM samosa pie!! I love samosas! Can you please come to my page and vote for me on PETA??? THANK YOU!!!!

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  6. This looks so good, what a delicious and comforting meal.

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  7. This looks so good! Parsnip, potatoes, peas and garam masala in puff pastry! So many great things in one bite ;).

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  8. Thank you Zoe.
    I went to a foodie event in Glasgow two years ago and the Scotland cookie template was filled with lots of Scottish produce.
    See link below
    http://allotment2kitchen.blogspot.com/2009/05/enjoy-taste-of-scotland.html


    Thank you Mark.
    I think it would appeal to pie-eating Brits. Its nice and spicy too.


    Thanks torwen.
    I hope you get the chance to make one of them and I do hope you enjoy.


    Thank you Louise.
    Its good to hear from you.

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  9. Thank you so much Gardeningbren.
    Yeph parsnips are coming to an end and I am making the most of them whilst they are still available here. But ihave to confess, I am looking forward to some spring vegetables.


    Thanks Carissa.
    Thanks for letting me know re your page on PETA x


    Thank you Mandee.
    Its good to hear from you.


    Thank you so much Charlie.
    Yeph, so many good things in one bite ;)

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  10. Also love this! I love any sort of "pie" recipe - especially if it's sans meat! Can't wait to try this out!!

    PS. Parsnips are awesome.

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  11. lovely series of parsnip recipes - and love the idea of parsnips in a samosa pie - thanks for the link - loved having a samosa in a pie - agree it is so much less fussy!

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  12. Thank you Johanna.
    And your so Welcome for the link, it was my pleasure.

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