These vegetarian tofu and spinach samosas are packed with fresh ingredients, and are cooked in an air fryer – a tasty and healthy snack or side dish!
Tofu And Spinach Samosas
Tofu And Spinach Samosas
WHAT ARE SAMOSAS?
Samosas are little triangular pastry pockets stuffed with all kinds of tasty fillings.
Take something delicious, wrap it in pastry, and the only possible outcome is that it becomes more delicious – so you know samosas have got to be good.
Samosas are generally thought of as an Indian snack or side dish. These tofu and spinach samosas aren’t Indian-spiced, but you can add some extra spices if you want to.
TOFU AND SPINACH SAMOSA FILLING
The recipe starts simply, with mushrooms, onion and spinach cooked together in a pan. Don’t forget plenty of garlic! Garlicky mushrooms cooking is one of my favorite smells in the world.
Then add some diced tofu, for a bit of protein.
The original recipe on the Actifry app also has an egg mixed into the filling, but it says you can skip the egg if you want your samosas to be vegan. I tried making them both with and without the egg, and they ended up tasting much the same.
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 200 g mushrooms (~ 8 medium mushrooms), diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 200 g baby spinach (~ 3 large handfuls), chopped
- 200 g (~ 7 oz) firm tofu, diced fairly small
- 1 egg (optional)
- Black pepper
- 4-6 sheets filo pastry
- Spray oil
Heat the oil in a frying pan, and add the diced onion, diced mushrooms, and minced garlic. Cook over a medium heat for a few minutes, until the onion is soft and translucent. Add the chopped spinach and cook for a further 5 minutes, stirring regularly, until all the vegetables are well cooked and any excess liquid has cooked off.
Remove from the heat, and add the diced tofu and the egg (if using). Season very generously with salt and pepper. Mix to combine.
Cut each sheet of filo pastry into wide strips – I found it worked best to cut each sheet into three strips, with each strip measuring approximately 10.5 x 3.5 inches (though the exact dimensions will depend on how big your pastry sheets are!).
Place a spoonful of the tofu mixture at one end of a pastry strip, and fold the corner of the pastry over it at 45 degrees. Continue folding up the length of the pastry strip to form a triangular samosa (see the step-by-step photos in the blog post for a better explanation!).
Place the folded samosas in the pan of the Actifry*, and spray with oil. Cook in the Actifry for 20 minutes, until golden brown and crispy. Serve immediately.
I never would have thought to do samosas in the actifry. I will have to try that.
- Miami Food Network -