Buttery Flaky loaded spicy veggie pie filled with spicy filling of vegetables make for a cozy weeknight meal and a perfect grab & go breakfast!
Today lets revisit an old favorite! And facebook & pinterest tells me that it’s just not our favorite but you guys love this too! I posted this last year in april so I thought why not take new photographs and turn this pie into hand pies! Just so you know hand food always wins over food served in a plate with fork & knives, atleast in my world!
So basically I kept everything same but I noticed one thing that if you decide to go hand pie route than you might end up with half of the filling since indivisual hand pies can’t be filled with as much filling as we did in our giant pie. So no worries, simply freeze the remaining filling or I suggest making sandwiches with it. So good!
Here after this is the old post which I posted in april 2014. Old or new this pie rocks! I hope you try it either way.
This PIE! It reminds me of my mother’s homemade samosas but with tons of other veggies thrown inside the filling. It is like heaven in a plate. The buttery – toasted cumin scented crust takes this pie to a whole new level. This pie is kind of a cross between samosa my mother makes in India and puff pastry pie which Jerry’s mom makes here. I love both of them equally but I wanted to give it my own unique twist.
Firstly, I wanted a homemade from scratch crust so I decided to go with the ever simple buttery crust recipe but with loads of toasted cumin seeds thrown in for a fresh flavor.
Secondly, I wanted the pie to be loaded with different colored veggies so I went ahead and selected bunch of veggies from refrigerator.
Don’t tell anyone but this is the perfect pie if you want to clean up your refrigerator. Who says it is hard to use leftover veggies and when veggie comes packed in this kind of mouth watering buttery pie. Who can say No?
If you are one of those, who get scared by the thought of making homemade doughs. Wait. Do not worry. This is one of the simplest doughs to prepare and almost no kneading required. Being a buttery dough, it needs to be chilled for at least an hour before rolling but trust me it can’t get simpler. Make – Chill – Roll – Fill – Bake.
From start to finish it takes total of 3 hours (max) but if you are in a hurry, it can be made in around 1 hours and 30 minutes. Just make these substitutions and you have it :
2. Instead of chopping your own veggies, buy a pre chopped packet of mixed veggies .
3.If making HAND PIES in place of whole large pie, you will end up with almost half of the filling which you can use to make another set of hand pies or make sandwiches or stuff in tortilla for a delicious burrito!
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- ⅓ cup whole wheat flour
- 2 tsp cumin seeds, toasted
- ¾ tsp salt
- Pinch of sugar
- 1 stick of unsalted butter, frozen, grated on grater
- ¼ cup low fat milk
- ¼ cup low fat yogurt
- 3 medium size potatoes, boiled, peeled and mashed using hands or potato masher
- 1.5 cups cauliflower, chopped
- 1 medium size carrot, chopped ~ ¾ cups
- ½ cup green peas, fresh or frozen
- 1 medium red onion, chopped
- ¾ cup chopped green bell pepper
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 4-5 green chilies, chopped fine
- ½ tsp cumin seeds
- 1 Tbsp ginger, grated
- Salt to taste
- ½ tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp mango powder or lemon juice
- 1 egg, lightly beaten for egg wash or use melted butter
- Crust with Cumin Seeds :For toasting cumin seeds, place cumin seeds on a pan and toast on medium heat for around 3-5 mins with occasional stirring.
- In a bowl, mix all the dry ingredients.Grate frozen butter and work with hands until mixture resembles small oat sized pieces. Make a well in center and add milk and yogurt. Mix it using a spoon. On a well floured surface, transfer the dough from the bowl and using hands bring it all together and knead only until it all comes together. DO NOT KNEAD TOO MUCH.. Transfer the ball of dough in a plastic wrap and chill.
- Meanwhile, get the veggies ready.
- Filling : In a pot, add oil. Once hot, add cumin seeds and let them splutter. Add green chilies, onion and bell pepper and saute for around 10-12 minutes on low-med flame until softened. In another pot, add cauliflower, carrot, peas and fill it up water. Boil the vegetables for around 10 minutes. Drain and transfer the vegetables to the pot with cooked onions and bell peppers. Saute them all together for another 10 minutes. Add mashed potato, ginger, salt, turmeric powder and mango powder. Mix and cook for another 5-7 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
- Keep aside.
- Now take out the dough. Unwrap and place it on a well floured surface. Divide it into two. Roll out the first ball into a rectangle . You can trim the edges for uniformity. Move the rectangle into a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Place the filling in the center leaving a border all around. Roll the other ball in similar fashion. Place it on top of the filling layered rectangle and seal the sides with hand or a fork. Make slits using a knife.
- Using a brush, coat the top with egg wash.
- Bake the pie for 20-25 minutes in a 425F pre-heated oven.
- For making them into indivisual HAND PIES: Roll out your dough on a well floured surface and using a big circle cookie cutter or if you don't have that big of a size, do like I did. I used cap of one of my big plastic jars. You should end up with almost 6 large around 4" diameter circle. Spoon filling on right half of the circle leaving the edges and seal the edges by bringing the left half on top of the right half. I used my hand to put pressure to seal the edges but you can also use a fork if you wish.
- Using a brush, rub egg wash or melted butter on top of the pies and transfer them to a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 20-22 mins or until golden!
- Serve at room temperature with cilantro-yogurt sauce.
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