Cocktail Pies


& This translated into English is a “Steamed Vegetable Dumplings”. These are such delicious and healthy snacks to have in your freezer for unexpected guests, even a little midnight snack or with cocktails. Traditionally in Gujerathi homes it is eaten for breakfast as this one dumpling has all the essential nutrients to start your day, protein, vitamins and carbohydrates. It is also refered to as the “poor mans” luxury because we generally use up the left over rice, lentils and vegetables, however for me it is a wonderful addition to my salad for lunch. I always make a huge amount and pass some to my sisters and my daughter in law.

Steamed Vegetable Dumplings

250ml cooked basmati rice

100ml cooked split peas or green lentils

75ml chopped coriander leaves

125ml chopped fenugreek herbs or watercress

75ml finely grated onion

100ml chick pea flour

10ml ground chillies

10ml salt

10ml grated ginger

25ml oil

20ml lemon juice





 Place all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly

Cut up pieces of foil into the size of a face towel, and place a large spoonful of mixture onto the foil and shape into a roulade

Carry on till all the mixture is done and place the rolls in a double boiler or steamer and steam for about 45 minutes

Remove the foil, slice and serve hot with a spicy tomato dip

or for added flavour heat a little oil to a non stick pan and sprinkle a generous amount of sesame seeds and then toss in the sliced dumplings and allow to cook on medium heat and serve with lemon wedges



  1. tandy.sinclair says:

    I am trying to grow my own fenugreek 🙂

  2. HealthyVegetarianFoods says:

    Hi Tandy, it is very simple i always have a little pot of it growing. What seed are you using & have you been successful?

  3. Foodandthefab says:

    I could have a bowl of those now- lovely post and pics!

  4. HealthyVegetarianFoods says:

    No problem, forward your address & i will send you a bundle…

  5. slicesofkiwi says:

    This looks gorgeous! I love mootia 🙂

  6. pinkpolkadot says:

    This looks great! I did not know this dish before this post of yours but will definitely make it!

  7. Kitchengirl says:

    nom noms xx

  8. mitzireddy says:

    looks very tasty, Usha, and lovely pics

  9. HealthyVegetarianFoods says:

    Thanks Mitzi!

  10. HealthyVegetarianFoods says:


  11. HealthyVegetarianFoods says:

    Hi Pink, this is a traditional Gujerathi dish and very common among the community, i have a few other versions of this will definitely post them soon. Let me know how it tuns out when you try them. Have a wonderful week ahead

  12. HealthyVegetarianFoods says:

    Thanks & let me know if i can mail you some!!

  13. HealthyVegetarianFoods says:

    Hi Tandy, have you been successful with them, and what seeds are you using. I also plant my own & it is so simple!!

  14. tandy.sinclair says:

    I have sprouted some fenugreek seeds and I am going to try and make seedlings to plant!

  15. HealthyVegetarianFoods says:

    Hi Tandy, once your seeds have sprouted just plant them in a little rows in a small pot, it is better to keep them in a pot instead of planting them in the ground. They take about 3-4weeks to be ready for harvest, i keep planting them in intervals so that i have a supply for every week.

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