sweet potato + spinach samosas

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Who’d have thought?! It’s really tricky to make samosas look pretty πŸ˜›

But here we are, a rare savoury recipe on Tolley Bakes. This was a good one! I made 10, ate 4 for dinner, gave 1 to my housemate, froze 2 and had 3 the next day for lunch. Anything that solves my ‘what should I have for lunch’ daily crisis is a good thing in my book!

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What a week it’s been. I hosted my first #fdbloggers chat on Twitter last Thursday night, and we talked Food on Youtube. It was great fun if a little hard to keep up with at times, but many new food blogging friends have been made πŸ˜€

In my last few days at home I also managed to catch up with some school friends {much wine was consumed}. There was a point when we were chatting about the Brexit and I stopped and remarked ‘guys, we’ve grown up!’. The conversation soon moved back to familiar territory like boyfriends and Topshop, but it’s both weird and lovely to think that we have all grown up and yet when we get together, not all that much has changed!

I also went to the BBC Good Food Spring Show in Harrogate with my mum. It was interesting… there was a cookery demo by Tom Kerridge and we also watched him being interviewed, but the rest of the time we spent walking round the stalls and trying samples. What was amazing was the sheer number of stalls selling gin!

Talking of gin… I HANDED IN MY DISSERTATION YESTERDAY!!! The official deadline is today at 12pm so it was really nice to hand it in more than 24 hours beforehand. The funny thing is, I don’t feel that relieved. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve enjoyed seeing it all come together and felt really proud, but now it’s handed in I have to focus on revision for my finals πŸ˜‘

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Anyhow, my spice limit hovers around ‘korma’ so feel free to ramp up the heat by adding a chilli or more curry powder to these guys πŸ˜›

{This recipe is adapted from one in the April edition of the BBC Good Food magazine}

Sweet Potato and Spinach Samosas


  • approx. 500g sweet potato
  • 1 large red onion
  • 1 tbsp frozen ginger {or use fresh}
  • 1 tsp frozen garlic {ditto}
  • 1 tsp curry powder {adjust to your taste}
  • 200g spinach
  • ready rolled filo pastry {I used 10 sheets from a 220g pack}
  • vegetable oil, for frying the veggies and sticking the pastry together


Preheat your oven to 180*C {fan-forced}.

Peel the sweet potatoes and chop into small pieces. Place into a microwave-safe dish, cover with cling-film and microwave for 8 minutes at full power. Leave to cool.

Chop the onion finely and fry in a large pan / wok in some vegetable oil. Add the garlic, ginger and curry powder and cook for a few minutes until the onion starts to soften, being careful not to burn the garlic.

Wash the spinach and add it to the pan, stirring until it wilts. Add the sweet potato plus any of the liquid left in the dish. Season with salt and pepper, turn off the heat, and mash everything {but you don’t have to be too careful}. Leave the mixture to cool.

In the meantime, take one sheet of pastry out and place it on a clean surface. Dab with a little vegetable oil and stick another sheet on top. With the shortest side facing you, cut the sheet into two long rectangles.

When the mixture is cool, put a spoonful into the top right hand corner of each rectangle. Pick up the bottom half of the rectangle and fold it over the filling on an angle, so you have a rough triangle. Continue to wrap the pastry around the filling and either cut off the excess or stick it down with a little more oil. Repeat until all of the filling is used up.

Dab a little more oil onto the folded samosas and place on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Bake for around 25 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown. They will be very hot.Β 

I shared this recipe with theΒ Bumpkin Betty Baking Club; this month’s theme is travel and bakes inspired by other countries. Click the link to find out more and get involved! πŸ™‚

2 thoughts on “sweet potato + spinach samosas

  1. These look gorgeous Hannah, a perfect vegetarian light meal. I’ve never made samosas before but I think I may well attempt them now.
    Angela x
    PS, well done getting your dissertation in well ahead of time. I recall writing mine spending hours in the local library locking myself into one of the quiet rooms.


    • Thank you Angela! I’m always trying to eat more vegetarian food and these were perfect. Actually, there were quite a few veggie recipes in the Good Food mag that I want to try!
      Hannah πŸ™‚


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