It’s afternoon tea week, and these spicy vegetable bread parcels are the perfect alternative to your normal cucumber sandwiches! Using plain white bread and lots of vegetables with a few spices, these spicy vegetable bread parcels are a brilliant make ahead starter or snack and will freeze really well uncooked making them great for quick and easy lunches when the mood strikes.
Vegetable samosa filling has been one of my favourite things to snack on ever since I was young, samosas were the one thing I could never say no to. To this day I still struggle to say no to a good vegetable samosa.
As much as I love a good vegetable samosa, they are deep fried and a little bit of a fiddle to make if I’m perfectly honest, nothing really compares to my mums samosas anyway so I’ll leave those to her. Instead, my spicy vegetable bread parcels are made with that spicy samosa filling you know and love but filled into white bread which is stuck together with a little milk or water. I then use either a spray oil or brush with a little melted butter and bake in the oven until crispy all over.
I make mine with Warburtons milk loaf, I find it’s thin enough and soft enough to hold everything together without falling apart. The great thing about these? You can make them as big or small as you like dependant on the bread you have! If you want to make them for lunch just cut the crusts off two slices of bread and squish the filling in the middle, if you want to serve them as a starter then roll your bread out slightly and fill up 1 slice per person or even half slices if you fancy finger food for a buffet.
They work with all kinds of vegetables, I used a frozen mix of peas, sweetcorn, carrots and broccoli along with potatoes, if you don’t want them to be too carb heavy, feel free to use cauliflower or sweet potatoes instead. I like to keep them traditional and I don’t think they taste the same without potatoes.
I used my instant pot to make the filling for these but you could just as easily do it on the stove, it’ll just take a little longer to cook.
These work great with lots of other fillings too, try a keema or even diced chicken filling, maybe even try a sweet filling! The possibilities are endless. Do let me know in the comments section if you give them a try.
Spicy Vegetable Bread Parcels
A delicious spicy treat which is perfect hot or cold. Eat it for lunch, dinner or as a snack!
- 2 medium sized Maris piper potatoes peeled and chopped into 1cm cubes
- 150 g frozen mixed vegetables
- 4 garlic cloves
- ½ green chilli or more/less per your taste
- ½ tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp chilli powder
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- ½ tsp garam masala
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium sized onion finely chopped
- Fresh coriander optional
- 1 loaf Fresh white bread any that you like
Add the olive oil to a pan and add your potatoes once it’s heated up, pop a lid on and steam the potatoes until starting to go tender.
Add the garlic, chilli, dry spices, salt and frozen mixed vegetables plus a splash of water to create some steam. Pop the lid on again and allow to cook for about 10 minutes until the potatoes and vegetables are cooked through and tender.
Once all the vegetables are soft, add the chopped onions, optional coriander and juice of a lemon and give everything a good mix together, allow this to cool down completely
Cut the crusts off the bread you are using, and get a bowl ready with some milk (or water to keep it vegan) brush the edges of your bread with your liquid, this is to help it stick together, add your filling (mine had around 2 teaspoons of filling) and either fold over your piece of bread or put the top piece on and squeeze together your edges. If you are using fresh bread this will be really easy
Once you are ready to cook, preheat your oven to 200 degrees (fan) and either brush the parcels with melted butter or a couple of sprays of olive oil
Put your parcels on a baking tray and cook for about 15-20 minutes until golden and crispy all around.
Serve with your favourite condiments!
If using your Instant Pot, add the potatoes, frozen vegetables, garlic, chilli and dry spices apart from garam masala to the pot and give everything a good mix around. Add 1 quarter cup of water and set your Pot to manual for 2 minutes. Then quick release and add the rest of your ingredients and mix really well together.
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