It's easy to get excited about pie and my husband is visually animated when he knows that I will be making homemade pie from scratch. This is not a sweet pie, however, but something even better in my opinion, and that is a savory pie with a spicy and hearty samosa filling complete with plump chickpeas and a rich butter crust. It is a dinner pie. I was fortunate to have access to local produce, making this unique fusion-style Indian dish an extra special flavorful centerpiece for the dinner table. Think of it as a samosa on steroids.
Inventive uses of pastry, in particular pies, appear to be all the rage currently. I've noticed quite a few new publications featuring pies, mini ones and full sized ones, both savory and sweet, vying for the attention of home cooks and chefs alike. This one comes shortly after the aloo palak paneer pie with a potato crust that I served up recently as part of a ritual weekend meal that we usually enjoy with our best friend Basil. I can assure you no one left the table hungry, especially as I served it up with some pappadums with an avocado salsa, grain and side leafy green salad.
This pie is easily vegan if you opt for your favorite vegan crust rather than the butter crust I used for my pie. You may omit the chickpeas if you want a more traditional samosa filling. I had a craving and wanted to fill the dish out even further.
|Indian-Style Samosa Potpie|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Published on September 9, 2013
Rich, savory baked pie with a samosa-style potato, chickpea, spinach and vegetable filling in a flaky butter pie crust — this is a centerpiece for a special vegetarian meal, and none of your guests will leave the table hungry
Preparation: 45 minutes
Cooking time: 80 to 90 minutes
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Other fusion-style Indian dishes you are sure to enjoy from Lisa's Kitchen:
Samosa-Style Stuffed Baked Potatoes
Aloo Palak Paneer Pie
Saffron-Marinated Paneer Cheese with Fresh Basil, Cashews and Pomegranate Seeds