■ 140g|5oz potato finely diced, about 1 cup

■ 50g|2oz onion finely diced, about 1/2 cup

■ 50g|2oz carrot finely diced, about 1/2 cup

■ 50g|1/2 cup frozen peas

■ 1/2 teaspoon of garlic, finely chopped

■ 1/2 teaspoon of ginger finely chopped

■ 1 red chilli finely chopped

■ 1/2 teaspoon of curry powder

■ 2 tablespoons of oil

■ 1/4 teaspoon of saffron threads

■ 1/4 cup of boiling water

■ squeeze of fresh lemon juice

■ 1 tablespoon of fresh coriander, chopped

■ 1/4 teaspoon of salt

■ 7-8 15cm|6" spring roll wrappers

■ 2 tablespoons of water mixed with a little cornflour to seal the wrappers

■ 1/2 litre|quart of oil for deep frying


1. Put the saffron threads in bowl, add boiling water, stir and set aside. Finely dice the onion separately, and then the potato and carrot. Finely chop the garlic, ginger and chilli.

2. Heat the oil in a frying pan, on medium heat add the onions and cook 2-3 minutes until softened, stir in  the garlic, ginger, curry powder and chilli and cook 1-2 minutes. Stir in the saffron water, the potatoes, carrots, salt and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat, cover and cook 10 minutes stirring from time to time, add little more water if necessary. Add the peas and continue to cook covered until the potatoes and carrots are cooked 3-5 minutes.

Stir in chopped coriander and lemon juice and check the seasoning. Transfer the vegetables to a bowl and set aside to cool completely.


1. Whilst the filling is cooling slack frozen pastry for 10-15 minutes at room temperature before peeling off 7-8 sheets of pastry. (Return remaining pastry to the freezer well wrapped). Stack up the wrappers and cut to 3 x 5cm|2" wide strips, cover with a cloth to prevent them drying out.

Mix the cornflour with the water.

Prep: 15m | Cook: 20m | Assembly: 30m| Cook: 10m | Yield: 20 Pcs

Macao Vegetarian Samosas Recipe

Chamuças de Vegetais

Macau Vegetarian Samosas Recipe  | Chamuças de Vegetais

Spring roll pastry wrapped tea or tiffin size samosas with a saffron-curry vegetarian filling. Make ahead and freeze.

Recipe adapted from "Taste of Macau, Portuguese Cuisine on the China Coast", by Annabel Jackson, published by Hong Kong University Press 2003

2. Place a strip of pastry on a work surface

Fold the right lower corner to meet the left edge forming a triangle

Fold up on the horizontal

Fold the left corner up to the right edge

Pick up the wrapper from the point to open the cone, or use a teaspoon. Fill the cone pushing the filling into the bottom with a teaspoon.

To Cook:

3. Heat approximately 5cm|2" of cooking oil in a saucepan to 180˚C|350˚F. Fry 3-4 samosas at a time, turning once for 2-3 minutes until golden. Drain on paper towel or a rack.


1 serving (of 20): 224 calories, 21.9g fat (1.7g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 93mg sodium, 6.4g carbohydrates (0.4g sugars,0.3g fibre), protein 0.6g.

Brush the edges of the top flap with a little of the cornflour water. Fold the flap over and under to close keeping the triangular shape.

Refrigerate or freeze until ready to cook. Cook frozen samosas straight from the freezer.