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Samosa Pizzas with Tamarind Date Chutney
Recipe from The Sexy Vegan's Happy Hour at Home, ©2013 Brian Patton. Published with permission from New World Library.

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1.5 lbs. potatoes, peeled & quartered
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
juice of 1/2 lime
2 scallions, thinly sliced
pinch Indian chili powder or cayenne
salt and black pepper
1 tsp. minced peeled fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/2 teaspoon asafetida
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
five 6-inch chapatis or tortillas
Tamarind Date Chutney (see below)

24 medjool dates
1 cup water
1 teaspoon tamarind paste
1 teaspoon agave nectar
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1/4 teaspoon amchoor
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/8 tsp. Indian chili or cayenne

Remove pits and roughly chop the dates. In a small saucepan, combine all the ingredients and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer for 10 minutes, or
until the dates are very soft. Transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor, and puree for 30 seconds, or until smooth.

In a medium pot, cover the potatoes with cold water and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 to 7 minutes, or just until fork-tender. Drain and let cool. Cut into bite-size pieces and transfer to a bowl. Toss the potatoes with one tablespoon of olive oil, the coriander, lime juice, scallions, chili powder, and a good pinch of salt and black pepper.

In a large skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Add the ginger, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, and asafetida, and cook for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring often, for 2 more minutes. Add the potatoes and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the peas and cilantro, and cook for 1 more minute, or until heated throughout. Transfer the potato mixture to a bowl and set aside.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay the chapatis or whole wheat tortillas on the baking sheet. Spread the Tamarind Date Chutney on them, just as you would a pizza sauce, and top with the potato mixture. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the edges and bottom of the chapatis become crisp. Optionally, serve with a mint chutney and garnish with cilantro sprigs.

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