Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Not Chow Mein Mince & Not Samosas

I'm sure this recipe came into being perhaps in the 70's, when here in Australia, folks were beginning to discover 'cuisines' that involved things other than meat and three veg.  It's such a classic from my childhood that I still make it today.  I love it, my oldest son loves it, hubby loves it and it contains a lot of cabbage, which is REALLY good for you.  I have changed the ingredients to remove the old faithful 'packet of chicken noodle soup' (man that stuff was in everything back then!) and when I run out of Keen's Curry Powder, I'll be making my own from whole spices.  And this recipe is a super easy one pot meal to boot!
I don't think my Mum ever ran out of this stuff, it was always in the cupboard!


500 grams mince
2 teaspoons curry powder (I normally use 1 teaspoon when making for the kids)
2 onions, quartered
1 carrot
1 stick celery
2 teaspoons chicken stock paste
500 grams (2 cups) water
280 grams rice, rinsed
¼ cabbage


1. If using Thermomix to chop cabbage, place large-ish chunks into TM bowl and chop for 2-3 seconds on speed 4. Remove and set aside.  If not using Thermomix, finely shred the cabbage using a knife.  The shreds of cabbage need to be quite small so that the full amount will fit into the TM bowl.
2. Place onions, carrot and celery into TM bowl and chop for 5 seconds speed 5. Add the oil and mince and cook at 100ºC for 10 minutes on speed 1. Add the stock paste, water, rice, chopped cabbage (and any other chopped veggies) and continue cooking at 100ºC for 20 minutes on speed 1 + reverse (MC off, basket on top to prevent splatters). Use the spatula every 5 minutes or so to give the mixture a good stir to ensure all the rice and cabbage is pushed under the liquid.
3. Check to ensure the rice is cooked, remove to Thermoserver and allow to sit for a few minutes before serving.
This recipe makes too much for one meal in this family.  In fact, there's enough for lunch the next day plus more.  So, today, I got to thinking about how I could jazz this very basic meal up a little.  Samosas?  Well, kind of...

Not Samosas


1/2 batch of rough puff pastry (either EDC or this one or the bought stuff)
leftover Chow Mein Mince 


1. Roll out the puff pastry to 3mm thick.  Use a knife or pastry cutter to cut out square or circles (or whatever shape excites you).
2.  Place a teaspoon (or so) of the mince mixture in the centre of the pastry, wet one half of the edges with water, fold over the pastry and seal by pressing together with your fingers.
3.  Brush with egg wash and bake in a hot oven until the pastry is cooked, golden and crispy.
These are a great finger food idea for your next party.  If you make a batch of the mince mixture specifically for the Not Samosas, I recommend using the full amount of curry powder.  As there is a reasonably small amount of filling, they are very mild with only half the curry powder.
Happy 'Not' Days :D


  1. I like to try out this lovely chow mein mince with my TMX. Thks for the recipe. Please may I know the amount of water I need for this recipe?

  2. Thanks Sweet Jasmine for letting me know about that one! I've updated the recipe to show that it needs 2 cups of water.

    Thanks again :)

  3. U r most welcome. By the way I am Molly Su on FB.I really like lovely blog. Thks for sharing.

  4. Looks good - will have to try - mmmm can I make "The Darlings" eat this????