Baked Vegan Keema Samosas (Indian-Style Meat Pies)
My Baked Keema Samosa, an Indian-style meat pie, is vegan and meatless, of course, but it's just as delicious as the real thing. And with just 60 calories in each samosa, you can afford to indulge. Serve these samosas as a snack or even as a lunchbox meal. A nut-free recipe.
For the Samosa wrap:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon ajwain seeds carom seeds
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
For the Samosa filling:
- ¾ cup TVP (soak in hot water for 30 minutes, drain before using)
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil plus some to spray or coat the samosas before baking
- 1 small onion, minced
- 2 small potatoes, finely diced
- 2 small carrots, grated
- 1 cup frozen green peas
- 2 tablespoon tomato ketchup
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon cayenne, optional
- 2 teaspoon garam masala
- 2 teaspoon coriander powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin powder
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric
- 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
- Salt to taste
- 2 tablespoon finely minced coriander
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice
Make the samosa wrapper dough:
Mix all the ingredients except the water in a large bowl. Trickle in the water and mix into a stiff but smooth dough. Set aside in an air-tight tin for at least half an hour.
Make the samosa filling:
Heat the oil. Add the onions and saute until brown spots appear.
Add the ginger garlic paste and stir-fry for 30 seconds.
Add the tomato ketchup, mix, add the garam masala, coriander and cumin powders, soy sauce, turmeric, paprika, and cayenne, if using. Stir well to mix.
Add the carrots and potatoes and stir to mix. Saute for a couple of minutes.
Add the TVP. Mix well, then cover and let the filling cook until all the water has dried up. Once the TVP starts sticking slightly to the bottom, you will be done.
Add the green peas and let them warm through until tender.
Add salt if needed, coriander leaves, and lemon juice. Mix well and turn off the heat. There should be no visible moisture in the filling.
Make the samosa cover:
Divide the dough into 24 pieces. If you want bigger samosas, you can just make fewer pieces. It won't change the baking time. Or do as I did and make a few big ones and a few small ones.
Roll each piece of dough into a smooth ball. Then roll it out, using enough flour, into a very thin circle, about three to four inches in diameter.
Moisten the edges of each circle. Place a heaping tablespoon of filling in the center of each of the circles, then fold over to form a half-moon shape. Press down on the edges to seal. The dough will stretch a bit and help you along, but don't tear it. You can also shape these in the traditional samosa shape..
Press down on the edges with a fork to seal it tight.
Place the samosas on baking sheets sprayed with oil. Spray or brush some oil on the top of the samosas which will help them crisp up and also give them a nice color.
Bake in a 350-degree preheated oven for 45 minutes or until the edges are lightly brown and crispy.
Let stand on a rack for five minutes, then serve hot with chutney.
Calories: 60kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.5g | Protein: 2.9g | Fat: 0.6g | Fiber: 1.6g | Sugar: 2.1g | Vitamin C: 4.1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.9mg