Spicy, minty turnovers…

by Sunita on July 4, 2007

The weather has been as fickle as ever. It’s mood seems to be swinging from one to the other in no time. Just when you think it is in one of it’s joyous moods like this,
it changes into something like this…
and then, the heavens open up with all the accompanying lightning and thunder.

Me and the kids had to face the brunt of nature’s darker moods, yesterday. When I went to pick them up from school, it was nice and bright.But, just as we were about to come back, the sky became overcast. It did not pour, but as it takes around fifteen minutes to cycle home, we just put on our raincoats to be on the safe side. I had hoped to make it , but no sooner had we started that the rain came lashing down on us with all the accompaniments. We rode through this thunderous atmosphere till we came to a subway, where we halted for a few minutes. The rain was pouring in full force and there was no sign of its calming. Inspite of our raincoats, we were quite soaked, by then. After a few minutes, the kids seemed to be game enough to brave the rain and go home. I was quite surprised by their eagerness as well as confidence to do this…they had never been caught in such heavy rainfall before. So we started once again, braving the showers, slushing over puddles , and throughout, the heavens roared…but, so what, the three of us rode without a care in the world. As I followed Rengoni and Agastya, I couldn’t help but wonder yet again as to how much they had matured…heartening to see that they were ready to brave the odds…I just hope that even when they grow up, they have the courage to overcome the obstacles that life is going to throw at them!!

After all that rainy adventure(as the kids call it!!), it was time to rustle up something nice and warm to fill us up…what better than these spicy turnovers, which are good enough to have even on their own, or with some chutney, ketchup or raita, or like us, with a light lentil soup…the pastry forms a nice cover to the spicy filling…great on a rainy night…and even as I write this, the rain has started to lash against the window panes, the lightning and thunder has once again started to roll…only this time I’m dry indoors…not that I mind it very much…

What’s needed-

For the pastry-

4C of chappati/wholemeal flour
2 tblsp baking powder
1 and1/2 tsp salt
2 handfuls of fresh mint leaves, chopped
2-3 tblsp of oil
2C of milk

For the filling-

2 carrots, chopped
4-5 potatoes, chopped
3-4 handful of peas
1 onion, chopped
2-3 pods of garlic, chopped
3-4 tblsp of oil
1 tsp each of turmeric, cumin, chilli and garam masala powder
salt to taste

Tempering-

1 whole red chilli
1 bay leaf
1 tsp cumin seeds

How to-

The filling-

Boil the potatoes, carrot and peas, strain and mash them roughly.

Heat the oil in a pan. Add the tempering ingredients. When the seeds begin to splutter, add the onions and garlic and fry till the onions are translucent.

Add the powdered spices, stir once and add the mashed vegetables. Season with salt and fry till the vegetables have been coated in the spices. Do this for 3-4 minutes.

Remove from heat. Discard the bay leaf and the whole red chilli.

The pastry-

Pre-heat the oven at 220 deg cel.

Grease a baking tray.

In a bowl, mix all the dry ingredients as well as the mint.

Add the oil and rub into the flour mixture till it resembles a crumbly texture.

Add the milk and mix the flour with fingers so that it all comes together into one homogeneous mass. Do not knead.

Place the dough onto a well floured board and knead very lightly…none of the heavy roti- kneading action here..or the pastry will be hard.

Make equal sized balls of the dough and roll them out into circles….not very thick or thin…say about 3-4 mms. If the dough is too sticky, sprinkle little flour.

On one half of the circles, place spoonfuls of the filling, not taking it too near the edges.

Turn over the other half, so that the filled pastry is in the shape of a half moon. Flute the edges to seal them..or just press the edges carefully, so that there is no opening.

Place it on the greased baking tray.

Repeat for all the other balls of pastry.

Brush the tops with a little milk and bake in the centre of the preheated oven for 18-20 minutes or until they are golden brown.
Serve hot with some chutney, ketchup or raita, or even on its own. We had it with a light red lentil-tomato soup.

They came out really well…the pastry was nice and soft to dig in and reach the spicy filling inside and the mint added that extra zing…really spiced up a rainy night!!

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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

1 bee July 4, 2007 at 7:45 pm

great idea to make pastry out of atta. it looks wonderful, and great for a lunch box.

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2 sunita July 4, 2007 at 7:49 pm

Bee, it is really compact…as for the lunch box, hubby took some leftovers to work today :)

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3 Asha July 4, 2007 at 8:04 pm

Love the pics! It is fickle ,isn’t it sometimes?!:D
But no worries when you can whip up a delicious and spicy turnovers for a rainy day! Sunita will save us!:D
I love the pastry,thanks.

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4 sunita July 4, 2007 at 8:10 pm

Asha!!!thanks and great to have you back…you do seem to have had a great vacation…back with more energy…btw, you never seem to lack that :)

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5 Saju July 4, 2007 at 10:15 pm

wow Sunita, those look really tasty, and healthy too, what with the whole wheat flour and baked instead of the usual Indian fried pastries

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6 Mishmash ! July 4, 2007 at 10:24 pm

This can be a whole meal for me! I like the way u write…something like poetic -prose!

Shn

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7 musical July 4, 2007 at 11:54 pm

Sunita,

am adding this recipe to my baking list this evening :) i have all the ingredients and “spicy, minty” to me is more than inviting :) ).

cheers,
musical.

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8 WokandSpoon July 5, 2007 at 8:06 am

These look lovely, plus they’re baked not fried! Looks like something I’m going to try to make this weekend when my inlaws come to town! Thanks for the recipe!

ps.
The weather here is all topsy turvy as well!

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9 Vini K July 5, 2007 at 9:11 am

Oh yes sunita,I am simply fed up with this eather over the last week.I do hope it clears up by next week.Turnovers look great.baking is always a very healthy option,isn’t it?sure will calm down tha baking instinct that takes over me every few days!:)

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10 Vcuisine July 5, 2007 at 9:38 am

Nice write up and lovely post Sunita. Leftovers are always tasty. The photo is awesome. Viji

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11 sunita July 5, 2007 at 10:05 am

Saju,thanks and welcome to my world… yes, they did come out well, and without all that grease, of course…

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12 sunita July 5, 2007 at 10:07 am

Shn, it is a whole meal indeed…very filling…btw, thanks for the compliments…nothing special, just something from the heart:)

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13 sunita July 5, 2007 at 10:09 am

Musical, do try them…hope they spice up your evening as well;)

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14 sunita July 5, 2007 at 10:11 am

wokandspoon,so your in-laws are going to come over…got to impress:) …hope they come out well…

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15 sunita July 5, 2007 at 10:12 am

Vini,I know i should be used to the weather by now, but I simply can’t help marveling at how rapidly it seems to change…as for the baking, I’m game for it any day…

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16 sunita July 5, 2007 at 10:13 am

Viji, thanks a lot and it so nice to have you here:)

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17 Cynthia July 5, 2007 at 2:14 pm

They will have the courage. You know why? because they have a great mom like you. Hugs.

Your minty turnovers would are perfect to warm and fill up after an adventure in the rain :)

Hugs.

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18 DEEPA July 5, 2007 at 3:08 pm

wow!!super lunch ..excellent reading too …will make them for the weekend for sure …

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19 sunita July 5, 2007 at 5:21 pm

Cynthia, fingers crossed for that…and yes, we did love the turnovers…

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20 sunita July 5, 2007 at 5:22 pm

Deepa, thanks…do try them…nice to have you over…

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21 Suganya July 5, 2007 at 7:21 pm

B/w for cloudy skies is a nice choice!

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22 sunita July 5, 2007 at 8:08 pm

Suganya, I did’nt choose b/w…what you see is the natural colour as it was…no changes at all…

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23 Richa July 5, 2007 at 10:10 pm

wow! what a great idea to use roti atta for pastry, excellent! loved this recipe, a sure must try!
@ the wdr, yup it has thrown even the wimbledon schedule out of order! hope it improves soon

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24 Roopa July 6, 2007 at 1:13 am

wow excellent pastry with atta, loved the recipe. thanks dear sure to try. it really great to read the way to home during heavy rains. your kids should have loved it. Do they cycle too from school really very courageous for such young children.

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25 sunita July 6, 2007 at 9:03 am

Richa! thanks…and oh yes!Wimbledon’s as wet as ever:(…thanks for dropping by…

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26 sunita July 6, 2007 at 9:06 am

Roopa, thanks…do try it…and yes, me and the kids cycle to and from their school and they don’t need any stabilisers any more :) …we’ve got a nice cycle path which starts quite near our house…nice to have you over…

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27 Shri July 6, 2007 at 7:20 pm

Hey Sunita,

Those look delicious!!! Will give it a try very soon. Thanks for the great recipe.

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28 sunita July 7, 2007 at 6:20 am

Shri,welcome to my world…do give it a try…nice to have you over…

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29 meeso July 7, 2007 at 1:12 pm

Yummy…I think I’ll try this soon!!!

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30 sunita July 7, 2007 at 1:50 pm

Meeso, thanks and welcome to my world…do try it…nice to hav eyou over…

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31 Lia July 8, 2007 at 9:07 am

Your pastry similiar with Indonesian snack, the only differents the way making it, u baked it and i fried them :D

Interesting blog ;)

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32 sunita July 8, 2007 at 12:14 pm

Lia, welcome to my world…wasn’t aware of the similarity…nice to have you over…

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