25 June 2015

Rice and soya pasties

Lately I have been thinking more about my grandmother's tasty food again, or actually when wouldn't I think of her or her cooking. Now a sudden food memory from my childhood and youth came up, about small rice and mince pasties that were normally served as savoury canapées at parties and gatherings. It's possible that they were sometimes also made for just regular days. I of course wanted to create a vegetarian version of these pasties to briefly return back to the past. I started simple, but I hope that one day I can maybe get close to my grandmother's tasty creations. Here is one basic recipe how such vegetarian pasties can be made, but no doubt that I will be posting similar recipes again.


½ cup brown rice
1 vegetable stock cube
½ cup dried soya mince
1 shallot
1 garlic clove
1 tsp olive oil
Ground black pepper
Smoked paprika
500 g puff pastry
1 egg


Cook the rice with the vegetable stock cube and prepare the dried soya mince according to the instructions on the packet.

Chop the shallot and garlic finely and start cooking them in olive oil. Add the soya mince to the pan and season.

Mix the rice into the soya mince mix and let it all cool down.

Roll out the puff pastry thinly and beat the egg. Cut small circles or triangles from the pastry and fill the other half of each with the soya and rice mix.

Brush the edges with the egg wash and close the parcels with a fork. Brush them with the egg wash on the outside as well.

Bake at 180C for about 15 minutes until the pasties are golden brown.

Enjoy warm, or they are good even cooled down later.

Your VegHog


  1. Rice mince and pastry are like triple comfort! These pasties look really delicious. They made me think of this recipe from an Aussie blog - her mother in law is Finnish so she has an occasional Finnish recipe - http://www.notquitenigella.com/2015/03/11/rice-pie-recipe-karjalanpiirakka/

    1. Thank you Johanna! Yes this is great comfort food and thank you for pointing out that blog to me. Should be an interesting one to follow.

  2. So nice to have found your blog! These pastries look deliciously divine and what a nice memory of your grandmother! :D

    1. Hi Lorraine! Thank you, I will also be following your blog! :)

  3. The texture looks amazing! I too, love grandma's cooking.<3

    Vegetarian Courtesy

    1. Thanks Adi! My both grandmothers have unfortunately passed away, so now I'll have to make the best of it, but it's a nice way to remember them by.


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