fresh pea and sprouted chickpea samosas
My brother has been responsible for some of my favourite food memories. He has an uncanny knack of leading me into unexpected situations that require another folder be added to the archive of all things delicious. But before the romance of this notion has us sounding like the Brady Bunch, I should say that our latest sibling food moment was in a food court. Yeah. My brother has taken me to some seriously dodgy places under the pretence of ‘trust me’. Thing is, regardless of how uninspiring the surrounds may be, he comes up with the flavour goods time and again.
So the food court is smack bang in the middle of Bangkok; 9 floors up into the clouds of smog, atop a department store full of more stuff than any one person could possibly need in a lifetime. You know the deal.
The scene initially played out like so many others, with my brother telling me to trust him and me whinging about why we couldn’t eat mango on the street under the tree near our restaurant. In this case the whinging continued on the train, through the rotating doors of the department store, through the perfume section and all the way up the escalators to the cashier who issued us with a card to be scanned each time we ordered something. My brother smiled and disappeared into the abyss of shoppers all looking for their favourite thing for lunch. I sighed like a spoilt brat at my ‘scan card’ and started to bumble my way into the crowd. And there they were, 2 super smiley faces behind a wall of samosas and a veritable cauldron of chai. It was probably only 3 minutes of chatting to these guys as they made fresh samosas and poured me a huge pot of chai, and I walked back to my brother with lunch and a completely different attitude.
Samosas and chai – so good. A sip of tea and a nibble of spicy samosa, and so it went for the next few minutes. My brother didn’t say a word other than, ‘You cool now? Shall we go?’ I think I talked about how the heat of the tea perfectly amplified the spice in the samosas, and how incredible the pastry was, and how I would never again eat samosas without drinking chai at the same time, all the way home. Another favourite food memory firmly logged in the archive. I just need to figure out how to remember the ‘trust me‘ part when my brother says he knows a good place for lunch.
These samosas are just one of perhaps a million versions, but they worked to make the most of fresh Spring peas and sprouted chickpeas, and the last of the coriander in our garden. I used a ‘Spring masala’ from Maya Tiwari’s book too. And there’s no deep frying with these. While the samosas are cooking, make your favourite recipe for chai – a big pot of it so you don’t risk running out before the samosas are eaten. We ate and drank ours on the front verandah overlooking the lavender and watching the runner ducks hunting snails – and it took me right back to that food court! So romantic.
Fresh Pea & Sprouted Chickpea Samosas
makes 10 samosas
For the pastry:
1 cup organic wholemeal spelt flour
2 tbsp organic virgin coconut oil
1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
A little water
For the filling:
1 organic potato, boiled and mashed
1/2 cup organic peas, shelled
1/2 cup sprouted organic chickpeas (or use cooked chickpeas if you’d rather)
2 organic spring onions
1 cm slice of fresh organic ginger
3 tsp Spring Masala mix (below)
2 tsp tamarind puree
handful of fresh organic coriander leaves
1 tbsp organic virgin coconut oil
Himalayan salt to taste
For the Spring Masala:
1 tsp organic cumin seeds
2 tbsp organic coriander seeds
1 tbsp organic yellow mustard seeds
1 tsp black peppercorns
1 tsp organic cardamom
To make the masala, dry roast the spices until they are fragrant and then grind to a fine powder with a mortar and pestle.
To make the pastry, put all the ingredients into a food processor and add enough water to pull the dough together into a ball.
For the filling, put everything except the potato, peas and chickpeas into a food processor and blend until smooth. Then combine the paste with the remaining ingredients and eat some along the way as you prepare the samosas. I did this, so imagined you would too, and have allowed for extra filling so no one is caught out!
Pre heat the oven to 180C.
To assemble the samosas, divide the pastry into 5 equal balls and roll out to a thin disc. Cut each disc in half to create 10 crescent shapes. Place a couple of tablespoons, or so, of filling in the centre of each crescent of dough and then wrap up by pulling the sides over the filling and sealing them at the base of the samosa. You can just press the dough together with your fingers, no need for water.
Place the samosas onto a baking paper lined, or flour dusted, tray and cook for 15 minutes on one side, then turn each samosa over and cook for a further 15 minutes to brown the other sides.
Serve with copious amounts of chai. Nibble and sip.
You’ll have more Spring Masala than you need so use it in other curries or sprinkled over roasted veggies. So good. And if you’d like to sprout chickpeas, just soak them for a day first and then pop into a sprouting bag. We’ve been using a hemp fabric bag which means you can just dunk the whole bag in water and then leave to drain by tying the bag to a tap over the sink. Dunk it each day for 3-4 days and you’ll have lovely little tails on your chickpeas.