300g / 2 cups wholemeal flour
125g / 1 cup plain flour or half plain flour and half chickpea flour
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons neutral oil, plus extra to brush
500g / 2 medium kūmara, peeled, cut into 2cm cubes
1 onion, finely chopped
400g / ½ small cauliflower, chopped
2 tablespoons Mixed Roots Nice Spice blend
1 cup peas

Mixed Roots Nice Spice is a user-friendly blend of all those spices you don’t have in your pantry, mixed in perfect balance and fresh tasting. Use it any time that you want to add a full depth of spice flavour. Here I have used it to flavour a simple samosa filling. Serve with a chutney or raita on the side.

I have used a dairy-free pastry, but you could use filo pastry wrapped around the filling in a triangle shape, or even a flaky pastry, cut in squares and folded over.

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1.Sift the flours into a bowl with the baking soda and ½ teaspoon salt.
2.Add ½ cup warm water and 3 tablespoons of the oil and knead together to a smooth dough.
3.Cover with plastic wrap and leave to rest for 30 minutes.
4.Put the kūmara in a saucepan and cover with cold water.
5.Bring to just simmering then cook for about 5 minutes until just tender. Drain and set aside.
6.Heat the remaining oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat and add the onion, cauliflower and remaining 1⁄2 teaspoon salt.
7.Cook for 10 minutes, covered, add the spice mix and cook for a few seconds then add the kūmara, heating through and crushing with a fork as you mix to break up the kūmara pieces a bit.
8.Finally, stir through the peas. Set aside to cool before filling the pies.
9.Heat the oven to 180°C fan-bake.
10.Knead the dough again and divide into 16 balls.
11.Roll out each ball into a thin circle about 15cm in diameter and cut into two halves. Take one half and connect two opposite ends.
12.Add the filling and close the opening, pressing with a fork to seal well. Repeat with the remaining dough.
13.Place each samosa on a lined or greased baking tray and brush or spray with oil and bake for 15 minutes until golden.

Recipes & food styling Fiona Smith / Photography Aaron McLean / Styling Fiona Lascelles