These turkey filo pastry samosas are nearly a third of the calories of those you might find in a restaurant. They’re filled with a delicious lightly spiced turkey mince, then baked rather than deep fried, making them a great quick healthy meal!
Are you a fan of samosas? Yeah, me to, but did you know that a samosa made the traditional way with butter pastry and then deep fried can be around 320 calories each? Ouch!
Now I’m not saying don’t enjoy a restaurant samosa every now and then when you’re out to dinner, but at home, you can make a much healthier and easier samosa like these, my turkey filo pastry samosas!
You’ll be delighted to know that each of these turkey filo pastry samosas comes in at only 130 calories. So you could enjoy nearly three of these healthier options to one of those which you might get in a restaurant.
You’ll get 12 turkey filo pastry samosas from this recipe. Depending on the number of people you’re cooking for, I suggest two samosas are adequate per person. Any filling left over is easily freezable.
How to Fold the Turkey Filo Pastry Samosas
I don’t know about you folks but I always get amazingly confused by trying to understand written recipe instructions about folding pastry or bread dough a particular way. I’ve seen myself give up on recipes because of that!
So, I’ve done these step by step folding instructions which I will hope will help make this recipe’s written instructions a little clearer.
Take one sheet of filo pastry, spray it with the low fat cooking spray and fold it in half lengthways, then spray it again so you have a long strip (2 layers of filo pastry). Place about 2 tbsp. of the turkey mince mixture at one end of the strip, leaving a 2cm / 1-inch border.
Fold a corner over, diagonally to the left, making an enclosed triangle.
Fold again, moving all the way along until the end of the strip.
Spray the outside.
Place the samosa on the greased baking tray. Repeat the process with the other 11 sheets.
I make my samosas in 2 batches of 6, because as you can see from the photographs above, 6 turkey filo pastry samosas are as much as my baking tray will hold.
These turkey filo pastry samosas are filled with a delicious lightly spiced turkey mince, then baked rather than deep fried, making them a great quick healthy meal!
- 1 ½ tsp . vegetable oil
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic crushed
- 500 g lean turkey mince
- ½ tsp ground coriander
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp mild chilli powder
- 1 tsp garam masala
- Low fat cooking spray
- 12 filo pastry sheets
- Spray a little oil onto an oven tray and rub all over with your fingers to very lightly grease it
- Pre-heat oven to 180C fan
- Heat the vegetable oil in a medium sized pan over a medium heat
- Sauté the onion and garlic until soft, approximately 3 to 4 minutes
- Add turkey mince, breaking it down with a fork, coriander, ginger, chilli powder and garam masala. Cook, stirring for about 10 minutes until the mince has browned and all the spices are absorbed, and set aside.
- Take one sheet of filo pastry, spray it with the low fat cooking spray and fold it in half lengthways, then spray it again so you have a long strip (2 layers of filo pastry)
- Place about 2 tbsp. of the turkey mince mixture at one end of the strip, leaving a 2cm / 1-inch border. Fold a corner over, diagonally to the left, making an enclosed triangle. Fold again, moving all the way along until the end of the strip. Spray the outside. Place the samosa on the greased baking tray
- Repeat the process with the other 7 sheets
- Bake in the centre of the oven for about 20 minutes, turning the samosas over halfway through
- Once sizzling and a golden brown colour, allow the samosas to cool a little
- Delicious serve with a salad of iceberg lettuce, tomatoes and a little mango chutney
Nutrition Label shows per serving of one filo parcel. Suggested serving would be two per person. As the recipe makes 12 Samosas there is enough to serve 6 people.
These Samosas can be cooked and then frozen.
Phew! I’ve spent the last few weekends attempting to get ahead by photographing future recipes so that I can take a Saturday off.
That Saturday off is rapidly approaching and Lady Lynne and I are looking forward to going out to dinner. A new place for us, The 13th Note, and having someone else cook for us for a change!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. I love what I choose to spend my time doing, bringing you alternative healthy recipes like these turkey filo pastry samosas. But you know, just now and then, it’s nice to do something different isn’t it?
Anyway, I’ll let you know how the meal was on Tuesday, but for now, have a great weekend yourself!
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