Some of you may remember my post for Aloo Masala Samosa where I took BytheBay’s Chebe dough pastry crust and filled it with the same potato filling used in Masala Dosa. It was delicious, and the tapioca starch Chebe crust worked beautifully. I baked it rather than frying it for convenience and health reasons, but one of these days I’ll try a genuinely deep-fried samosa. I enjoyed that rather unconventional samosa very much, but lately I find myself pining for whole-grain flour blends and the heartier flavors found at vegetarian restaurants. Chebe is always a nice, mild pastry, but I thought that perhaps I could come up with a flour blend that would approximate a whole wheat-pastry crust, and bake it just as I baked the former dough. I also wanted to make a vegan samosa for my readers who have egg or dairy intolerances or follow a vegan diet. I played with some of my favorite flours to come up with this tasty samosa. The dough has its quirks, but if you follow the directions carefully I think you can get the same satisfying results that I did. I could really imagine having this samosa at some local vegetarian restaurant, maybe with a nice fresh Indian chutney and/or raita. I made so much potato filling I had way too much for just the whole-grain GF pastry, so I decided to make a (non-vegan) Chebe pastry recipe as well. The best thing? both of these recipes keep and travel well, so the next morning when I had to leave in a hurry for an early flight, I was able to heat one in the oven and devour it in the car.
Below you can see the step-by-step guide to making the vegan dough. The crust is very delicate so if you just try to roll it out and shape it, it is prone to cracking. BUT, if you follow my super-sneaky steps, you can make perfectly smooth and lovely samosas! This trick would work for any gluten-free pastry dough. Chebe with the typican non-vegan ingredients is easier to work with, and also nice, with a sweet and salty “white flour” flavor. But if only whole-grain and vegan will do for you, I recommend my tasty brown rice and teff flour pastry. Enjoy!
Gluten-Free Whole Grain Vegan Baked Indian Samosa Recipe
1 1/2 cups Rebecca Reilly’s Brown Rice Baking Mix*
1/2 cup teff flour (or other whole grain brown flour)
1 tsp. xanthan gum
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp. of spectrum shortening
2 tbsp. GF Margarine
5 tbsp. of water
Dairy-free milk or nonstick cooking spray
Rebecca Reilly’s Baking Mix:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. (Paper is optional, but it does make them easier to remove!)
Whir the dry ingredients together in a food processor and then add the liquid ingredients. Let it combine together for a few minutes and then take off the lid. The dough won’t have come together in a ball on its own, but see if it clumps together nicely when you squeeze it into a clump with your hand. If not, add a little more shortening or water until you get a workable texture.
*Make sure to check out blog post for step-by-step photos of the next steps*
Make all the rest of your samosas, following the same procedure. Just re-use that same ziploc bag for the whole batch! In fact, if you’re making a second batch or the Chebe you can use it for those two, but once you use it for Chebe (with egg!) it must be thrown out after use. Cut some cute little lines into the dough to let the steam come out. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
Bake the samosas for 20-25 minutes or until they look golden brown and the bottom is medium golden brown. Turn over the samosas and bake them for five more minutes or until they look (and taste) as crunchy as you want.
Serve with yogurt or cucumber raita if you want to be fancy.
See step-by-step instructional photos in blog post
Non-Vegan Chebe Version (easy-to-handle)
Baked Chebe Samosa Recipe
1 7.5-ounce package Chebe All-Purpose Gluten-Free Bread Mix
2 large eggs
2 tbsp oil or softened margarine
5 tbsp milk, liquid milk substitute, or water
1/2 batch of Potato Samosa Filling (recipe below)
Non-stick cooking spray
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine bread mix, eggs, oil, and milk together in a medium to large bowl. Mix with a large spoon and then your hands, beginning to knead the ingredients together until you can form a ball of dough. Knead it until it seems firm and pliant. Then separate it into smaller balls- big enough to make one small tortilla shaped round of dough- and place them in a bowl. Cover them with a damp towel. You can either roll out each dough circle with a rolling pin, OR (and this is my preference) use a tortilla press. Either way, take a freezer safe gallon ziploc bag and cut out the sides. If you’ll be using a tortilla press, cut it around the edges (keeping it a square) to make it fit the press. Press or roll out one circle of dough. Place a square of filling in the center of the dough circle and fold over all three sides to make a triangle shape. Place on baking sheet. Spray with nonstick cooking spray and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Vegan Potato filling, enough for two recipes:
Vegetarian Potato Spinach Samosa Filling Recipe
2 tbsp. vegetable oil (mustard or peanut is good)
3/4 tsp. whole coriander seeds
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1 medium onion, minced
1 in. ginger, peeled and minced
1/2 or 1 green serrano chili, minced
1 tbsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. paprika OR cayenne pepper (paprika for those who prefer it mild)
1/2 tsp. turmeric
1 scant bunch spinach leaves (maybe 3/4 of the leaves), rinsed, chopped, and drained
2 very large potatoes (baking monsters) OR 3 large potatoes, boiled and peeled
1/2 cup cooked green peas
1/2 or 3/4 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
Heat oil in a nice cast iron pan or wok on medium and add your coriander and cumin seeds. As they start to brown, throw in your onions and lower the temperature if needed. Allow them to slowly caramelize, stirring occasionally. This may take up to fifteen minutes, but I only took about ten minutes on my super-fast ceramic stovetop. Then add the ginger and chilies and let them cook for a minute or so, adding the coriander, paprika (or cayenne) and turmeric. Let the spices heat, releasing fragrance, and then add the spinach, letting it wilt. Fold in the spinach and crumble the potatoes into the pan. Add salt, mix, and then gently fold in the peas and cilantro.
Enjoy as filling in your favorite samosa dough or with rice or GF flatbread. Yum!