Last night was episode four of Recipe to Riches, the hunt to find the tastiest and most marketable ‘World table’ recipe.
The lucky golden ticket recipients were;
Manju, a interpreter and Hindu radio host with her samosas. A recipe that she has been developing for over 30 years.
Nillawan brings her family’s XO sauce to the table. She was taught to make this sauce by her chef father when she was eight years old and she has been developing the recipe ever since.
Leo was born in Argentina and moved to Australia when he was six, his offering is a chimichurri.
Yes, obviously Manju was the episode winner with her vegetable samosas.
Pastry (50%): wheat flour, vegetable oil, margarine (471 from soy, acidity regulator 330, 331, antioxidant 306 from soy, colour 160a), salt, baking powder (sodium acid pyrophosphate 450, sodium bicarbonate 500), sugar.
Filling (50%): potato, onion, peas, ginger, vegetable oil, lemon juice, coriander, chana masala (herbs, spices, salt), garam masala (herbs, spices, salt), mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, chilli flakes, salt, curry leaf, asafoetida (gum arabic, contains wheat starch), chilli powder.
Allergen advice: gluten, soybeans and may contain milk.
General: There are 8 pieces in a packet. One samosa (approx 45g) is 626kJ/150Cal. One piece has 11% of your recommended daily intake (RDI) of total fat, 4% of saturated fat and 9% sodium The product is made in Australia.
Very easy to prepare. Take them out of the freezer, put on a serving tray and heat in a 200 degree C oven for 15 minutes (mine were in there for 22).
I think it is important to note that the samosas that we see the judges eat look completely different to what is in the packet that I have purchased. This will be the case for a majority of winning products I am sure.
On the show Manju’s pasty looks golden flaky and light. The filling a lot lighter in colour. Carolyn Creswell comments that she has only just come back from India and they are better than anything that she had over there. I feel a smidge of sadness for Carolyn on hearing her comment. As wonderful as it would have been for Manju to hear such praise, I know I would feel a little cheated if that was my experience after travelling all the way to India.
Frozen samosas are not unique, you can already purchase them from your local supermarket. I know, I have purchased them before.
What I find interesting is that there is mention on the show about marketing the samosas against the iconic sausage roll. Surely you would be marketing it against the other five or six frozen samosas already on the market?
On first appearance they look no different to frozen samosas already available. I find that the pastry is a letdown, it does not compare to what you see on the show. As the pastry is a key component of a samosa, this needs mentioning. I am pretty sure that I have tasted the pastry used before. I am positive it is the same as an already existing samosa on the market. Maybe Woolworths Select mini samosas? Or it could be the Darshan product. I think this is the brand I have purchased in the past, it also happens to be sold by Woolworths.
The filling on the other hand is a completely different story, it is really great. For me, making this product the best frozen, ready to heat samosas that I have tried from a supermarket. You can visibly see chunks of potato, peas, onion, chilli, mustard seeds, cumin seeds and fennel seeds. There is heat, spice and texture. The seeds especially add a nice little crunch.
Even though the filling is full of flavour and moist, the pastry has a drying quality in the mouth. I happened to have some yoghurt and cucumber dip in the fridge which added that needed extra moisture, works well. Unfortunately even though the flavour of the filling is very good, due to the pastry they do need a little something extra on the side.
Manju, congratulations on winning the episode last night and I wish you the best of luck with the competition. I am quite envious of the judges being able to try your homemade ones, they looked delicious.
Do tell dear Belly Rumbles’ reader, what did you think of the three recipes last night? Who do you think should of won?
Belly Rumbles is in no way connected to Recipe to Riches, Woolworths or any of the contestants
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