Thursday, 25 January 2018

Vegan Haggis Samosa for an Alternative Burns Night

A few years ago, D and myself lived in the city of Glasgow, Scotland and we often visited the Kelvingrove Museum.  It was there that we first saw an actual ‘Haggis Scoticus .  
Haggis Scoticus
Haggis Scoticus is the fictional wild haggis animal from which the original haggis is 'claimed' to have been made from. See the prepared MacSween example next to it.  Haggis continues to remain an interesting subject for people all over the world.  
from Glasgow Kelvingrove Museum
I have written before how ethnically diverse communities in Scotland had incorporated haggis into their traditional cuisine, form example haggis pakora or bhajis can be found at some South Asian (Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi) restaurants; haggis wontons and haggis spring rolls at some Chinese Take-aways in Glasgow and haggis samosa in Edinburgh. 
One of the best places to eat  vegetarian haggis samosa in my opinion has to be the Baked Potato in Edinburgh.  Another modern twist on the haggis is a dish called the ‘Flying Scotsman’ chicken stuffed with haggis. Haggis features quite a lot now in Scottish fast food. There is haggis burger, a patty of fried haggis served on a bun, haggis fritters, haggis pasties, haggis pies topped with a swirly mash, haggis savoury crepes, haggis wrapped in tortilla, haggis nachos, haggis lasagne, haggis macaroni cheese, haggis crisps and much much more. I’ve even created some with my own twist, mushroom haggis pakorashaggis pakora bites, and haggis tikkia to name a few

But I no longer live in Scotland, yet I still reminesce of my time their with great fondness. So I am pleased that I am able to make vegan haggis from scratch at some made mostly with various pulses, oats and vegetables.  There are so many vegetarian and vegan haggis recipes on the world wide web, however the recipe I made was adapted from Hendersons. If anyone should be making a good version of vegetarian Haggis, it has to be Hendersons Bistro and Restaurant, a Scottish institution.
These days there many versions of vegan and vegetarian haggis on blogosphere, but I still use Hendersons as a base and spice it up a little.  It is this very haggis recipe that I stuffed into my homemade vegan Haggis Samosa's.  I actually made these last year, when I wrote about an Alternative Scottish Fusion Burns Supper, but did not get round to showcasing it. Enjoy.   

18 comments:

  1. The photo of the little haggis creature is very amusing. I have never seen any haggis in a market or on a restaurant menu, nor on a leash running around a mountain. I'm sure there are Burns celebrations not far from me, but all private, I would guess.

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    1. Thanks Mae.
      I hope you find it on the menu one day

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  2. I'm not sure I could stand haggis in its original form. Nice to know about these versions.

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    1. I know, thankful for other versions of haggis in the world.

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  3. I wondered if you were having a burns night - we had haggis burgers which were delicious - thank goodness it is easy enough to make from scratch at home otherwise I would rarely eat it. Love the Haggis Scotious.

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    1. Of sorts, as you may remember from last year the 25th is also St Dwynwen's day - Welsh Valentine. Like you, yes, I am so pleased we can make veg haggis at home, otherwise it would not appear on our home menu

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  4. Haha, I think we have some of those haggis creatures running round our allotment site!

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  5. I love the Haggis Scoticus, wouldn't want to eat it though! :)

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  6. Burns night passed me by until I read your post and Johanna's but I like the reminder of haggis variations and this delicious looking way of serving it.

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    1. These samosas were from last year that I did not get to blog at the time, so even though I remembered Burns Night and St Dwynwen's day - Welsh Valentine on the same day, I did not heavily focus on it due to new routine. I am pleased you like this, it is vegan by the way.

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  7. I love vegan haggis, I love samosas - I can see how this is going to work out for me!

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    1. Thanks Joey. I know you would have liked these. I am hoping to make a variation of St David's Day too.

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  8. I have never had haggis, vegan or otherwise. But I LOVE samosas, so I imagine vegan haggis samosas to be quite tasty =)

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    1. I hope you get to try a vegan version on day Kimmy, its such a versatile ingredient

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