Vegetable Pâte:

This is a very popular vegetarian starter that can be eaten either hot
or cold. 90% of those who have eaten it have invariably asked for its
recipe! Slightly time-consuming to make but well worth the effort!

Makes 16:
Preparation Time: 1 hour

  • Pâte Dough - 500 gm (available at most super stores; picture of
    packet given below.)
  • Oil - 4 tablespoon
  • Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Onions, chopped - 2 medium
  • Green Chillies, finely chopped - 2
  • Tomato, chopped - 1 large
  • Coriander, chopped - small bunch.
  • Chilli Powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin Powder - 1 ½ teaspoon
  • Turmeric - ½ teaspoon
  • Ginger paste - 1 teaspoon
  • Carrot, chopped - 2
  • Bean, chopped - ½  cup
  • Peas - ½  cup
  • Potato, boiled, peeled and mashed - 4 large
  • Peanuts - handful.
  • Salt - ½ teaspoon or to taste.
  • Vinegar - 1 tablespoon
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These are an ideal snack for parties. To make them bite-size,
simply cut the rolled out dough into thirty two small pieces
instead of sixteen! Add one tablespoon of the spicy mixed
vegetable filling instead of two!
Variation: Cheese, Onion and Coriander Pâte

Use 1 tablespoon of Philadelphia soft cheese, chopped
onions, chopped fresh coriander and pepper as a filling
instead of the spicy mixed vegetable filling. It tastes
Pâte Dough


  • Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds, onions, green chilli and fry for 1 minute. Add chopped tomato, coriander and fry until
    the tomato has become tender.

  • Add chilli powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, ginger paste and mix well. Fry for 2 minutes or until slightly brown.

  • Add chopped carrots, beans, peas and mix well. Allow to cook for 2 minutes before adding the boiled mashed potato. Mix
    well. Then add a handful of peanuts and some vinegar. Mix well and keep aside to cool.

  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the Pâte dough into a big square shape. Cut sixteen small pieces out of this rolled out

  • Roll out the smaller pieces a bit more with some flour. Put two tablespoon of the spicy mixed vegetable filling inside and
    close the dough to form a Pâte shape. Repeat the same procedure for rest of the pieces.

  • Put them on a greaseproof tray. Pre-heat the oven to 160º C. Put the pâte's in the oven for 15 - 20 minutes or until slightly
    brown on top. The pâte's should rise slightly. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Eat them either hot or cold!