Beet Samosas with Mint Sauce

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Author Notes: The beet samosa is sweet and subtle, then the mint sauce is refreshing and has a kick. I used filo to save a few calories and added a bit of flaky crispiness to the appetizer. The mint sauce is quite traditional accompaniment with samosas in India. We ended up having leftover samosas for breakfast the next morning as well with lots of strong tea.MyCommunalTable

Makes 12

Beet Samosas

  • 2 beets, medium size
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3-5 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 8 sheets of filo
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, freshly grated
  • 1 lime, juice of
  1. Peel beets and quarter them, placing in foil.
  2. Add garlic, salt & pepper, then cover beets with oil. Secure foil around beets.
  3. Cook in foil at 400F for about 40 minutes. Make sure the beets are tender.
  4. When beets cool, grate them and place in a bowl.
  5. Add soft garlic from foil, grated ginger, and lime juice. Then salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  6. Place 1 filo sheet on work surface, brush with olive oil, place next filo sheet on top, brush with olive oil, repeat for a total of 4 sheets of filo.
  7. Cut filo into 6 equal strips along the width.
  8. Place a heaping tablespoon of beet mixture on one end of strip and fold like a flag, forming a triangle. Place on baking sheet.
  9. Repeat with the next four sheets of filo.
  10. Bake at 350F for about 20-25 minutes until golden brown and flaky. Serve with mint sauce.

Mint Sauce

  • 1/2 cup mint, fresh
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, fresh
  • 1 jalapeno, deseeded & deveined
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white onion
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Water
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  1. Add mint through water in food processor and blend until finely chopped. Put in bowl.
  2. Add sesame oil, salt and pepper. Serve with beet samosas.

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over 1 year ago Hilary G.

I just made a plated salad with the same makeup of ingredients you use here. Definitely going to try the samosas though! Flakey filo, creamy sweet beets, cool spicy sauce. Yum!


over 1 year ago MyCommunalTable

Thanks. I love making these as an appetizer or first course when I am having a spicy Asian meal. These are odd enough that people are intrigued.


almost 5 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Oh man, I may overcome my fear of filo for these - so pretty and LOVE the roasted beet and fresh mint sauce combo.


almost 5 years ago Sagegreen

Love the colors and flavors you are combining here!


almost 5 years ago MyCommunalTable

Thanks so much. I put these on the buffet when I had some of my 6yr olds friends families over for Sunday dinner. The kids kept going over the buffet and grabbing them and they were a hit with the adults combined with the kick of the sauce. It was really pretty to serve.