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Baked veggie samboosak

Disclaimer: as you may have noticed going through the recipes on my website, I hate spending longer than an hour (or 2 max) in the kitchen - and so I always had a fear of making anything that requires rolling - including samboosak! However, I recently discovered a great way to make these yummy babies efficiently - they are much easier than it looks and will take you an hour to prepare (max, 1.5 depending on how fast you work)! Of course, these veggie samboosaks are oven-baked and not deep-fried as they usually are - to cut down on any unnecessary fats and to maintain their nutritional value. These are a typical side dish you would find on any iftar table!

Baked veggie samboosak

To make these, you will need to first prepare your stuffing. The typical veggie stuffing for these samboosaks are onions, peas, carrots and potatoes. I opted for sweet potatoes instead because of their preferred nutritional value. Here's how you can prepare the stuffing (for about 30 pieces):

You will need:

- 1/2 a bag of baby carrots, chopped into small circles

- 1 small sweet potato, washed, peeled and chopped into small squares

- 1.5 cups of frozen peas

- 1 large white onion, chopped finely

- Sunflower oil spray

First chop all your veggies. In a large pot, spray your sunflower oil a few times (2-3 sprays) and add the onions, stirring on low-medium heat. Once they turn yellow, add the carrots, spray twice only, let them cook alone for 5 minutes, then add the sweet potatoes, spray twice only, stir, let them cook for 5 minutes then finally add the peas. Stir and cover, let the mixture cook together on low heat for 20 minutes.

In the meantime, prepare your super efficient supply chain, which will ultimately look like this:

Baked veggie samboosak
Baked veggie samboosak

You will need to add flour on your countertop to make sure the samboosak dough doesn't stick. Lay out your previously de-frosted samboosak wraps on your countertop and get ready to roll!

Once the stuffing is cooked, simply add a tablespoon on the edge of each samboosak dough, and begin rolling each one in to a triangle, until you get to the last part:

Baked veggie samboosak

To get the samboosak to stick and not unroll and falter apart, you will need to 'glue it' together. To do this, simply add some flour in a small bowl and mix it with some water, until you reach a liquid consistency. This will be your glue. Brush the edges of your samboosak with this glue and roll them tightly.

Baked veggie samboosak

Once that's done, you can freeze your samboosaks and simply defrost a few (however many you need) before you want to have them each time.

To freeze: place wax paper at the bottom of an airtight tupperware, layer out your samboosaks placing more wax paper between each layer to make sure the samboosaks don't stick together. Cover your tupperware and store in your freezer.

To bake: de-frost however many you want for about 20 minutes before you bake them. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees C and place in the oven, brushing each side very lightly with cooking oil. Let them bake for 10 minutes on each side. If needed, you may broil in the oven for an extra few minutes to make them extra golden!

Trust me this looks a lot more complicated than it really is, but it is super easy and quite fun to make! And the best part is, you only have to spend 1-1.5 hours in the kitchen once and you can simply freeze and de-frost whenever you want!

Happy fasting!

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