699.Beans and Veggie Pot Pies

September 19, 2017mayurisjikoni
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Last Sunday I met up with my best friend to catch up on events, thoughts, basically everything. She had gone on a cruise to Norway and I had loads to tell her about my dad’s stay in Montreal and our visit to Niagara Falls.

She runs a kindergarten and though I retired from teaching nearly 10 years ago, we still have a passionate common topic and that it young kids. New academic year so there are bound to be kids who will cry their lungs out before they settle in. Usually every new term with new kids and she says that it doesn’t take a toll on her when kids cry as eventually they all settle in pretty soon. However, this time she was feeling sad and helpless. I asked her why now after so many years of experience and she lamented that these little toddlers who are barely 2 years old just don’t want to listen. They are so used to having their way.

So obviously we went into the whole present scenario where both parents are working, grandparents or the family members are not around to help and thus kids are left to the ayahs and house helps. When parents come all tired, they feel guilty for leaving their kids at home with ayahs and house helps and therefore give in to all their whims and fancies and tantrums.This surely cannot be the right way to bring up kids by bending to their demands and rules. Isn’t it time that young parents learn to accept that life means they go to work to provide a comfortable life for their kids so they shouldn’t be feeling guilty at all? After all its no longer a choice you make, with inflation and cost of living getting out of hand world over, that one parent can afford to stay home to be with the kids.

Indiscipline, disrespect for older people and people in general, irritation are fast catching onto these young kids. Parents need to stop and think for a while “is this what we are teaching our kids?” Is it right?” Parenting does not mean being nice to your kids all the time. It means bringing up your kid to be a good citizen of the world.

This topic is an endless debatable one. Lets get down to today’s recipe. I had come across so many mini pot pies in Instagram and Pinterest that I wanted to make them at home. Most were meat based so I decided to make my own veggie version. So bearing in mind the protein part of the dish, I added ingredients for the filling accordingly. Here I’ve included soya flour in the shortcrust pastry as I’m not sure whether I’ll be doing a soya dish. Remember I said I’ll try and make a dish with all the plant based proteins. I’m not a fan soya granules or chunks so for now the flour will have to do. If I change my mind then that will be a bonus recipe 😉 Yes I have a spot for 2 where the recipes are still not ready. So never know what may appear on the blog for this protein rich theme. In the meantime enjoy these pot pies.

Protein sources in this recipe are chickpeas, red kidney beans, corn, peas, French beans, mushrooms, cheese, soya flour, milk

By no means am I claiming or supporting any sort of fad diet that are the latest craze in the fitness world. I’m just trying to include non meat non fish dishes from which you can get your protein source. 





Makes 6

For the filling:
1 cup diced mushrooms
¾ cup boiled chickpeas
¾ cup boiled red kidney beans
¼ cup steamed or boiled peas
¼ cup boiled sweet corn
¼ cup boiled or steamed diced carrot
¼ cup boiled or steamed chopped French beans
1 medium onion finely chopped
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp dried mixed herbs
1 tbsp olive oil

For the sauce:
1 tbsp olive oil or butter
1 tbsp wheat or plain flour
1 cup milk
½ cup grated cheddar cheese
½ tsp salt
½ tsp coarse pepper powder
½ tsp chilli flakes

For the crust:
1 cup plain flour
2 tbsp soya flour
3 tbsp cold butter cut into tiny cubes
2-3 tbsp cold water
a generous pinch of salt
1 tbsp milk or egg wash

Preparation of the dough:

  1. Mix plain flour, soya flour and salt together in a bowl.
  2. Add the cold butter cubes and gently begin to rub the butter into the flour using your finger tips only.
  3. The mixture should resemble like bread crumbs.
  4. Add cold water and bring the flour together to form a rough dough.
  5. Wrap it in a cling film and put it in the fridge till required.
Preparation of the sauce:
  1. Heat oil in a pan over low heat.
  2. Add the flour and stir fry it till you can smell the aroma of cooked flour and the mixture is a bit liquid.
  3. Take the pan off the heat. Add milk while you stir the mixture continuously.
  4. Return the pan to the heat and stir continuously till the sauce becomes thick like custard.
  5. Add cheese,salt, pepper and chili flakes and stir well.
Preparation of the filling:
  1. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and stir fry till it is soft. Add garlic and mix.
  3. Add mushrooms and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add the vegetables and beans along with the herbs.
  6. Add the sauce and mix well.
Final preparation:
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Spoon the filling into 6 ramekin pots or any other ovenproof containers.
  3. Roll the crust and cut it into circles with a cookie cutter. The diameter should be of the same size as the mouth of the container or slightly bigger.
  4. Cover the filling with the crust.
  5. Prick it with a fork in a few places.
  6. Brush the crust dough with milk or egg wash.
  7. Bake the pies for 30-35 minutes or till the crust is baked and golden in colour.
  • I made these pies for the first time. I would definitely make the crust a bit bigger than the pot so it does not touch the filling.
  • Or I would probably bake the crust separately, more like baking cookies and then place it on the top of the pots.
  • Add vegetables of your choice.
  • Adding soya flour was just a way to add more protein to the whole dish. You can omit it if you don’t have any.
  • Use puff pastry instead of shortcrust pastry.
My Protein Rich Dishes so far:

Day 1 – Mixed Dal Paddu

Day 2 – Fruit and Nut Yogurt Parfait
Day 3 – Moong and Spinach Muthia
Day 4 – Paneer and Naan Bites
Day 5 – Veggie Shepherd’s Pie
Day 6 – Nectarine and French Bean Quinoa Salad
Day 7 – Tofu Wraps
Day 8 – Sai Bhaji
Day 9 – Veg Protein Burrito Bowl
Day 10 – Palak Pakodi Chaat
Day 11 – Phyllo Cheesecake Cups
Day 12 – Garlicky Broccoli Quinoa
Day 13 – Quinoa Lapsi
Day 14 – Caprese Stuffed Portobello
Day 15 – Lentil and Carrot Kebabs

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  • Srividhya Gopalakrishnan

    September 19, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    I know parenting and discipling kids is one never ending debatable topic. Everything plays a driving factor right from society to inflation to what not. Hmmmm and a big sighhhh. Between these potpies are awesome. Love those flower shaped dough on top.

  • Priya Suresh

    September 19, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Want a wonderful way to sneak beans and vegetables, and love those individual pies. Prefect to serve either for lunch or dinner with some salads na.

  • Sharmila- The Happie Friends Potpourri corner

    September 19, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Pot pies looks simple delicious.. Always love this single servings!!

  • vaishali sabnani

    September 20, 2017 at 12:39 am

    Interesting read , and yes this story is getting common here in India too , specially the elite circle . Well parents need to understand why they want kids …
    the pies look very nice , great recipe and I am bookmarking it !

  • Gayathri Kumar

    September 20, 2017 at 4:12 am

    Interesting read Mayuri. Children need to be handled wisely which parents nowadays are lacking. These pot pies look amazing. And adding soy flour definitely adds to the protein..

  • Srivalli

    September 20, 2017 at 4:58 am

    Ah, talk about kids these days and I can go on and on…there are certain things everybody should take it on themselves and do, change can't be done by just few ppl…very nice pot pies you have there…I am yet to make myself though..

  • Anlet Prince – Annslittlecorner

    September 20, 2017 at 8:39 am

    I love those beautiful little florets. simply protein rich.

  • Sowmya :)

    September 20, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Such cute pots and such amazing pies. Love this veggie filled protein meal. Awesome presentation!

  • preeti gupta

    September 20, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Recipe looks fantastic.. i love one pot pie.. specially mini verison.

  • Sapana Behl

    September 20, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    I love reading your thoughts and beautiful writing. Between that, the pot pies looks very inviting and that filling sounds super healthy.

  • Kalyani

    September 21, 2017 at 10:49 am

    echo your thoughts on the plant based proteins, and even I am not a fan of soya (in whatever form). these pies however look yum and so cute to make it in individual ramekins.

    and about kids – lets have an entire mega BM devoted to them ! haha 🙂 we ALL have so much to share…

  • Ruchi Indu

    October 4, 2017 at 9:21 am

    “This surely cannot be the right way to bring up kids by bending to their demands and rules” – absolutely right. I keep repeating this to many of my colleagues. Meanwhile, the pot-pies look beautiful with those flowery shapes

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