Food

Evening Tea with an Indian herbal flavour

January 12, 2016

From the land of Ayurveda I bring you a savoury snack and herbal tea for the cold winter evenings

Sweet potato and spinach samosa

Ingredients

  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1 large sweet potato,300 g
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garam masala powder ( optional )
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika/chilli powder
  • 1 x 400 g tin of chickpeas in water
  • 200 g fresh spinach chopped
  • Salt to taste

Method

Cook the sweet potato in boiling water until tender, then drain and break into pieces.Meanwhile, heat the oil in a medium pan on a low heat, add the onion and fry until softened. Add the garlic and ginger paste and cook till fragrant.Drain the chickpeas and add them to the pan along with the spinach and add turmeric, cumin, coriander, paprika/chilli powdering, salt and cook for 2 minutes. Place the lid on and cook for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the spinach has wilted. Add the cooked sweet potato and sauté for a minute or two to combine flavours. Then mash the mixture with a potato masher to make a fairly smooth mixture with some soft lumps.

Place the mixture in defrosted puff pastry square bits and fold diagonally so as to form triangles pressing the edges to seal the stuffing. Lightly brush the tops of the pastry with melted butter or oil and bake them in a preheated oven at 200 C for 12-15 minutes or till golden brown. Serve with a condiment of your choice.

Note: Adjust spice powders as per your liking.

Ayurvedic tea or Kashayam

Yields: 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon Black pepper corns
  • 1 tablespoon Coriander seeds
  • 3-4 small pieces Indian long pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dry ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 cups water
  • 3-4 mint leaves

Method

Dry roast them separately. Cool and grind to a smooth paste. Store in air tight containers for further use.
Boil 2 cups water on a medium high flame. Once it reaches a rolling boil, add 1 teaspoon of this herbal powder and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Place 3-4 mint leaves in a cup and pour the steamy brew or “kashayam” and let the mint leaves wilt like spinach. Steep for a minute or two and add a dollop of honey and drink it warm.

Note: Indian long pepper is valued in Ayurvedic medicine and foods for enhancing digestion and metabolism. It is combined with dried ginger and black pepper to form trikatu , which can be taken to help regulate cholesterol and help prevent obesity. It is also used to treat coughs, colds, fevers and rheumatism. It has a folklore reputation as an aphrodisiac, and is believed to improve vitality.

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53 Comments

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    Reply Aria on January 14, 2016 says;

    This dish now is mouth watering. My taste buds are kindled….

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    Reply Paisley on January 14, 2016 says;

    Yummy post

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    Reply Katherine on January 14, 2016 says;

    You always come up something different, don’t you?

    Like Aria mentioned, this one is definitely a mouth watering dish. Best served in this winter season.

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    Reply Zoe on January 14, 2016 says;

    My appetite is kicking in now…. I’m getting to feel hungry and its because of you.

    You are spoiling me

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    Reply Peggy on January 14, 2016 says;

    It is beyond a doubt that your recipes are smashing.

    Love this a lot. I have some indian couples who stay in our apartments. They are from a well known place – punjab. Every sunday I visit them and this is what I get to eat. What I will do is share this recipe with them and vola; I’ll have them prepare this.

    Thanks

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    Reply Michelle on January 14, 2016 says;

    impressively splendid. excellent article for the season.

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    Reply Quintana on January 14, 2016 says;

    Thanks for this recipe. Your recipes in this website has helped me for sure

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    Reply Tara on January 14, 2016 says;

    I love all your posts, for the fact, that its so intuitive. The step by step instructions is what makes the whole post valuable.

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    Reply Brigitte on January 14, 2016 says;

    Greatly enjoyed your well-described recipe, and the great care and details that you put into it.

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    Reply SHEBA on January 14, 2016 says;

    My toddler loved the samosas I made from your recipe.

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    Reply Stacey Rosenderry on January 14, 2016 says;

    Very nice and easy steps.

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    Reply Thelma J. Godfrey on January 14, 2016 says;

    Really love the recipe.. My daughter loved them. I feel good I visited your website

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    Reply Allie B. Steiner on January 14, 2016 says;

    This is very good site. Myself and family very happy 🙂

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    Reply Madelyn Abigail on January 14, 2016 says;

    Thanks a lot for this recipe. It is very simple and tastes good.

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    Reply maryjones on January 14, 2016 says;

    Good steps. It’s very helpful really.

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    Reply Maria on January 14, 2016 says;

    These are all very tempting recipes. I have to give it a try one of these days. Thanks for making it so easy.

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    Reply Kathryn on January 14, 2016 says;

    This is the best recipe blog that I have ever found so far. You explanation and the step-by-step guide is very impressive.
    Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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    Reply Debs on January 14, 2016 says;

    Thanks for your precise measurements for the ingredients.

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    Reply Yasmin Pinto Fernandes on January 14, 2016 says;

    A brilliant website, with great home grown articles. I love the mix of contents this website is offering. Have bookmarked and subscribed to your blog. Indeed a fantastic job by you.

    Thanks

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    Reply Chanaka C on January 14, 2016 says;

    Thanks for the instructions…

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    Reply Dorothy on January 14, 2016 says;

    such talent and skills is abnormal… u r good

    I always ate this dish, but wanted to prepare this myself some day.. seems like the someday has approached.

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    Reply Sofia on January 14, 2016 says;

    Excellent combination for your style of recipes.

    Both the snack and the tea will be part of my evening today. What is to be known here is; when ever I see a recipe from you, I just cannot resist from not doing it immediately.

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    Reply Veronica on January 14, 2016 says;

    Thrilled with your exceptional skill. The way you mix your talent of herbalism with the regular dish.. the touch of your preparation is so appealing which makes order the ingredients instantly

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    Reply Malvika Jaswal on January 14, 2016 says;

    That is perfect! Ive done samosas but not healthy ones.. this one is entirely different than what I regularly do. This is a chance to do something different even though its the same. Appreciate you sharing this.

    I’m sure my family will appreciate this.

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    Reply Fabienne on January 14, 2016 says;

    Thanks a ton for this beautiful explained recipe. The tea adds emotions to the entire evening with this snack.

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    Reply Sanjeeta kk on January 14, 2016 says;

    I often cook samosas.. but this is absolutely different. Worth doing it.

    What I have seen everywhere is that they show how to do the regular samosas.. but this one is innovative… Kudos to you, to give the same with a different touch….

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    Reply Dipti on January 14, 2016 says;

    you are a connoisseur; your presentation is amazing.

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    Reply Pinky on January 14, 2016 says;

    This is mouth watering just seeing; but after cooking, you just want to swallow it damn… Its has a great taste, flavour and aroma around it. It was very tasty. I did not do the tea, since both seemed to be hot hot… instead I drank cola.. lol…

    Brilliant way of giving out a recipe. thanks

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    Reply Jessica Grant on January 14, 2016 says;

    Do you feature in any channels? your recipes seem familiar.. i kind of vaguely remind myself of the letter P and as in a channel chik…

    otherwise, this is a great post!

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    Reply Olivia on January 14, 2016 says;

    Chai, as the tea is called, along with the samosas…. fun evening with the family. Absolutely the best choice for a get together, and this one is better than what we cook or see everywhere around the internet, is that; this is healthy…

    You have style

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    Reply Agnus D on January 14, 2016 says;

    These sound great.

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    Reply Courtney on January 14, 2016 says;

    Cooking is fun and life affirming. Your recipes are more fun and affirming!!

    Thanks so much for your shares. This blog is great! Glad I came across.

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    Reply Jill on January 14, 2016 says;

    This recipe has been a hit at our home..My 4 year old son loved it so much. The best part is it is healthy.

    The herbal tea is awesome… wonderful thought and combination for even a romantic evening 🙂

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    Reply Eliska on January 14, 2016 says;

    thank-you SO much for your recipes

    You make everything so simple… I have referred many people to your website

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    Reply Hanah on January 14, 2016 says;

    Brilliant How-To

    another fantastic post from you. eager to know what is next 🙂

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    Reply Grace on January 14, 2016 says;

    Very very nice. I see you are in rolling out a lot of holistic food. excellent blog

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    Reply Teresa on January 14, 2016 says;

    crispy samosa..perfect with your tea… Ayurvedic eh?

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    Reply Rachel on January 14, 2016 says;

    Love it. The tea and the savoury goes hand-in-hand for this season. perfect evening gift to your self.

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    Reply Shannon Gallegos on January 14, 2016 says;

    wow looks so tempting and delicious

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    Reply Tamika on January 14, 2016 says;

    Craving for these… fabulous recipe…

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    Reply Heiða Hallmundsdóttir on January 14, 2016 says;

    they look so inviting… interestingly this is Ayurvedic, which is entirely a different concept from what i’ve seen so far.

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    Reply Leah Lothe on January 14, 2016 says;

    one of the most favorited snacks of all time! love your step-by-step guide.. the tea is surely an added bonus the you have given..

    What I have seen is that every one only gives the recipe for the main course. You have been so mindful by giving the recipe on the whole. Giving both the snack and a tea. Its a complete package. You have a beautiful mind. Not all think like you. You seem to be special and so is your blog

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    Reply Valentina Rockwell on January 14, 2016 says;

    Appetizing pics as always. that what I like the most in your blog. your pics go along with your recipes, and turns on the switch in your stomach.

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    Reply Thelma J. Godfrey on January 14, 2016 says;

    Hot hot savoury in cold weather…. its heaven in earth.. happiness is in such simple things.

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    Reply Nevaeh on January 14, 2016 says;

    This is certainly delicious. I love it with a hot cup of coffee instead of tea, herbal coffee recipe?? thanks in advance 🙂

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    Reply thesandgal on January 14, 2016 says;

    Making me hungry…

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    Reply Sara Teare on January 14, 2016 says;

    AWESTRUCK – because you have deviated from the regular main stream method and showcased an Ayurvedic / herbal method for an age old anytime snack. brilliant.

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    Reply Vera Gottlieb on January 14, 2016 says;

    hey, i will surely try this recipe. I love the way you present it, with beautiful photos..

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    Reply Teena on January 14, 2016 says;

    I am looking forward to making your delicious looking recipes.

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    Reply Chinwemma Onyemauchechukwu on January 14, 2016 says;

    Hi mam! How r u?
    Thank you so much you are giving us this recipe bundle.
    I like your healthy cooking style

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    Reply Trudy W on January 14, 2016 says;

    The preparation and eating of food should be based on principles of compassion, non-violence and balanced living.

    And you just have expressed that in your beautiful post!

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    Reply Vincent on January 14, 2016 says;

    This is a beautiful recipe… by any chance do you have a herbal / Ayurvedic Cake in mind to bake?

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    Reply Rebekka on January 14, 2016 says;

    Love your recipes… Im an ardent fan of yours 🙂

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