Sweet Potato Samosa Pops

by Sala @ Veggie Belly on April 4, 2011

It seems like pops (food on sticks) are every where. Starbucks recently came out with cake pops. And the amazingly talented Bakerella has made cake pops into an art form . I’m jumping on the pop band wagon with this savory sweet potato samosa pops recipe! Yay! for samosa on a stick!

Im modernizing the Indian samosa by using sweet potato, making it mini sized, and putting on a lollipop stick.

You could also use this recipe for making regular potato samosas, green pea samosa, or pumpkin samosa. Whatever samosa filling you use, make sure you dont over stuff the puff pastry. Also make sure your lollipop sticks are oven-safe before baking! 

I use puff pastry because it’s so delicious and easy (and its vegan). You could ofcourse use your favorite samosa shell recipe if you have one.

An egg wash will make the surface of the samosa pops beautifully golden. Vegans can leave out this step and still get great tasting samosas.

I serve samosa pops with the same sauces one would use for regular samosas – tamarind chutney and mint chutney. This recipe goes to the Chez Cayenne’s House Favorites: Vegan event.

Sweet Potato Samosa Pops Recipe

Makes 20 pops

1 large Sweet potato (substitute with regular potato or ¾ cup peeled, cooked butternut squash or pumpkin)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
¼ teaspoon cumin seeds
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
½ tablespoon minced ginger
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
¼ teaspoon, or to taste red chile powder
¼ teaspoon coriander powder
¼ teaspoon garam masala
1/8 teaspoon aam choor or mango powder (substitute with 1/2 teaspoon lime juice)
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
Salt
2 sheets of puff pastry, thawed for about 30 minutes.
1 egg (vegans leave this out)
1 tablespoon milk (vegans leave this out)

20 six inch lollipop sticks (I used ‘Candymaker’ brand; it is oven-safe)

Pre heat oven to 400f

Wrap the sweet potato in a paper towel and microwave on high for about 4 minutes or till the sweet potato is cooked through. When it is cool enough to handle, peel the skin and lightly mash.This is the easiest way to cook and prepare a sweet potato for this recipe. Alternatively, you could peel, cube, and boil the sweet potato in water till tender. You need about 3/4th cup of cooked and peeled sweet potato.

While the sweet potato is cooking, heat the oil in a medium sauce pan. Add cumin seeds. When they start to sizzle, add the chooped onion and cook on medium heat till onions are lightly browned. Then add the ginger and garlic and cook for about a minute. Add turmeric, chilli, coriander powders, garam masala, and aam choor. Stir for about 30 seconds, taking care not to burn the spice powders. Turn off heat. Add the mashed sweet potato, cilantro and salt. Mix well. Taste and adjust salt and seasonings.

Lay out the thawed puff pastry on a clean work top. Measure out 2 inch squares. Using a sharp knife, cut the puff pastry sheets into 2 inch squares. You should have about 40 squares.

(If you have any odd sized bits of puff pastry left over after cutting, simply bake the scraps without filling, along with the rest of the samosas. You can snack on these!)

Press a lollipop stick onto the center of 20 of the squares. Mound 1 teaspoon of the sweet potato filling on top of the squares with the lollipop sticks. Don’t over fill.

Cover these with the other 20 squares of puff pastry. Gently stretch them a little so they fit over the filling mound. Using the tines of a small fork, press down and seal all the edges. Make sure they are sealed well. (Look at photos above).

(If you wish to freeze the samosa pops, you can do so at this point. Lay out the samosa pops on a single layer and place in the freezer. Once they are frozen hard, remove the samosa pops and put them in a zip lock bag, and return to the freezer for future use.)

Lay the samosa pops on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Whisk together the egg and milk in a small bowl. Brush this egg wash over the samosas.

Bake in a 400f oven, for 15 minutes or till puff pastry is golden.

Serve with store bought tamarind chutney.

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1 Sharmilee April 4, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Crispy yummy samosa pops….looks very appealing & tempting

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2 Olga @ MangoTomato April 4, 2011 at 11:05 pm

omg I want this! It’s like a hand pie on a stick. YUM!!!

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3 Cassie April 4, 2011 at 11:32 pm

This may be the best idea I have ever seen. Delicious!

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4 sally April 4, 2011 at 11:34 pm

How cute are these! I love your take on pops!

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5 Claire April 5, 2011 at 12:33 am

Those are the cutest samosas ever! I hope you start a new trend. I know I’ll be making them.

Sala, would you consider entering my blog event this month or the next? It’s called House Favorites: Vegan. You can enter a current recipe or an older one or both. I would love to see you there!

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6 V April 5, 2011 at 12:55 am

Yummy!!! i wanted to make cake pops for my mehendi this summer, but I think we will be making these instead!!

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

If you do, id love to see pics! congratulations!

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7 Sonia@7spice April 5, 2011 at 1:19 am

Just loved your pops. Loved the idea of adding sweet potato. I’m sure M would love it! :-)

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8 Nishi April 5, 2011 at 1:45 am

Amazing pops Sala. Very innovative :)

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9 Swapna April 5, 2011 at 2:13 am

Loved your samosa pops… very innovative idea!!! Will try this soon:)…

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10 Rosa April 5, 2011 at 2:35 am

Those are so cute! A great filling.

Cheers,

Rosa

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11 Shumaila April 5, 2011 at 2:53 am

Aren’t these lovely! Thanks for sharing!

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12 Priti April 5, 2011 at 3:47 am

Looks so gud ..yummy …..and so cute …

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13 Amy April 5, 2011 at 4:26 am

Oh Wow, these are super cute. And yes, “food on a stick” are eveyrwhere lately! :) Guess everything tastes better on a stick….and more fun to eat, too.

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14 notyet100 April 5, 2011 at 4:31 am

ummm delicious

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15 p April 5, 2011 at 6:39 am

Not all puff pastry is vegan — in fact, most is made with butter or some kind of milk solids, so make sure you check the ingredients if you need it to be vegan.

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16 Dee D. April 5, 2011 at 7:42 am

Whoa, those look amazing! Love the concept of the samosa on the stick, its like samosa to go! Yum :)

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17 marla April 5, 2011 at 9:22 am

These pops are so beautiful & such a great idea. Have never heard of or seen mango powder before. I will go to our local indian market to find it. xo

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

Indian stores will have mango powder – it is a grayish looking powder, and will keep for months in an air tight container. Mango powder add a little bit of tang/sourness to samosas. You can easily substitute with lime juice.

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18 Laavanya April 5, 2011 at 9:26 am

What a cute and fun idea… I think it would work great for kids’ birthday parties as well.

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19 Kulsum at JourneyKitchen April 5, 2011 at 9:50 am

This is genius Sala! Makes for such pretty and fancy party idea. Can’t wait to put it to try!

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20 Viswa April 5, 2011 at 11:06 am

This is brilliant.. and it looks soooo pretty..

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21 Carolyn Jung April 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm

These are too cute! A perfect and memorable treat for a cocktail party at home. ;)

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22 kavita April 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm

how adorable…..cannot wait to gobble them up….

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23 Sukaina April 5, 2011 at 2:32 pm

What a cute idea. Love it. And your photos too :)

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24 Jeanee April 5, 2011 at 3:25 pm

LOVE IT!

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25 susan April 5, 2011 at 3:28 pm

these are way too cute to eat! love this idea!

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26 Claire April 5, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Thanks for entering House Favorites: Vegan!

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27 Nika de Beer April 5, 2011 at 4:05 pm

This sounds super! BUT puff pastry is made with butter, so unless you’re using / making puff pastry with vegetable shortening, this isn’t a vegan recipe.

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

peppridge farm puff pastry contains no lard or butter

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28 Morgan April 6, 2011 at 1:09 am

They are so adorable and look delicious!

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29 Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets April 6, 2011 at 1:31 am

I was just about to jump on the cake pop bandwagon too haha. In a more conventional way than you, though. I tried one of the cake pops at Starbucks and the texture grossed me out a bit. Gonna try to make mine less…mushy. Anywho, YOUR sweet potato pop tarts look awesome. Fantastic idea, Sala!

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30 Saee Koranne-Khandekar April 6, 2011 at 1:34 am

Ooooh, look at those! How pretty! They’d make excellent cocktail snacks! Sweet and savory–maybe even stuffed with apples!

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

apples are a brilliant idea!!

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31 Bianca April 6, 2011 at 4:06 am

What a cute idea! Will work perfectly for my new eating plan (warm, cooked meals for Vata Dosha types) and is a handy way of sneaking extra vegies into my kids . It’s a win win for everyone!
Thanks for sharing :)
P.S. Love the little touch of ribbon added to the stick. Very sweet!

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32 Shriya April 6, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Such a nice idea for a party. It is usually case that all the cute looking stuff are generally sweet. The samosa pops are such a welcome change to people who dont want to get a sugar high but still want to eat cute stuff.

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33 Manasi April 6, 2011 at 8:35 pm

A wonderful idea and great for kids :)

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34 Niv Mani April 7, 2011 at 12:37 am

loved the cute idea of samosas on a stick.. reminded me of masala dosa lollipops that I had experimented with!

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

masala dosa lollipops?! yum!

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Niv Mani Reply:

Quinoa pops! There is something about food when its dressed up, something I find lacking in traditional South Indian cuisine! made it my crazy mission to try & do something about it!
Loved your photographs, very eye catching & stylish!

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

the only pops we have in south india are kucchi ice :)

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35 Niv Mani April 7, 2011 at 10:04 am

hey!! Kucchi Ice ROCKS!! In some ways its as thrilling as eating fugu.. you never know what’s gonna creep into your system,

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36 Johanna GGG April 18, 2011 at 5:48 am

what a great idea – I’ve had a recipe for cookies on sticks that looks amazing but never get around to it – I quite fancy something savoury on sticks – btw for vegans, when I don’t have egg to brush on pastry I brush some milk on instead

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37 Claire May 1, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Hi Sala, I’ve posted the April House Favorites wrap up. Thanks again!

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38 marla June 7, 2011 at 8:49 am

These sweet potato samosa pops would be perfect for the appetizer portion of the Get Grillin’ event I am hosting with Cookin’ Canuck. Please submit this and any two others if you wish :)

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39 Carrie July 19, 2011 at 5:19 pm

WOW. Samosas are one of my favorite foods and I am totally addicted to sweet potatoes! I MUST try this recipe! Thanks so much for sharing!
http://carrieandnichole.blogspot.com

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40 anjali October 9, 2011 at 1:33 pm

loved ur innovative concept
i’m new at ur site but surely will keep a track of it…………love ur pics……..

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41 mustardseed October 29, 2011 at 8:01 pm

I feel this is absolutely brilliant!! What a creative recipe! I have enjoyed browsing through your creative recipes and beautiful photographs. Treat to the eyes!!

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42 Kim Westheimer November 23, 2012 at 4:28 am

I’ve wanted to try these for a long time and finally did! Made them as a part of my family’s Thanksgiving appetizers/lunch/grazing before the big meal later in the day. Served with a mint chutney and a cranberry chutney from The Art of Indian Cooking by Yamuna Devi. Tasted great! (Made the day before and heated in the oven) My only suggestion would be to make more filling. It was a little tight with the amount I made. Wondering if you or anyone has a favorite brand of puff pastry.

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