Tasty Samosa

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Samosa’s are probably my favorite snack! I can never have just one of them. Samosa’s are a popular street food in India and I don’t think I have met any Indian who doesn’t like samosas! You gotta try them. Samosa’s are our version of comfort food and goes very well with a cup of masala chai- especially on a cold day. So last weekend we were snowed in. It was a cold, white winter day and we were in dire need of samosas. 🙂 – yes dire need! So there we were frying and baking samosas and cozying up next to the fire place with a cup of masala tea!

So here is how we made the samosas-

Tasty Samosa

Yield: 16 samosas

Ingredients

  • Oil for deep frying
  • For the samosa dough
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp carom seeds (ajwain)
  • salt to taste (about ¾ teaspoon)
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • Water, to knead the dough
  • For the filling
  • 3-4 medium sized boiled potatoes, chopped into small cubes
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 green chili, finely chopped
  • ½ inch ginger, minced
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground corainder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • a pinch of asafetida (hing)
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
  • Juice of half a lime

Instructions

    For the samosa dough
  1. In a mixing bowl, put the flour, carom seeds, salt and mix. Add 1 tablespoon ghee and 2 tablespoons oil.
  2. With your fingertips rub the ghee and oil in the flour to get a breadcrumb like consistency.
  3. Slowly add in the water and knead as required.
  4. Once it forms a firm dough, cover the dough with a wet cloth and keep aside for 30-40 minutes.
  5. For the stuffing
  6. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan and add in the cumin seeds, ginger & green chili.
  7. Sauté for about 1-2 minutes.
  8. Add in the red chili powder, turmeric, coriander, garam masala and asafetida.
  9. Stir and sauté on a low flame for 1-2 minutes.
  10. Add in the salt and the potato cubes and sauté for 2-3 minutes with frequent stirring.
  11. Once you turn the heat off, add in the chopped coriander leaves and lime juice and mix well.
  12. Keep the filling aside to cool.
  13. To make the samosa
  14. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces.
  15. Take each piece and roll in your palms first to make a smooth ball.
  16. Then roll it with a rolling pin into almost 4 inch circles.
  17. Cut with a knife through the center of the rolled dough circle.
  18. With a brush or with your finger-tips on the straight edge of the sliced dough circle, apply some water.
  19. Join the two ends bringing the watered edge on top of the plain edge. Press the edges so that they get sealed well. It should look like a cone.
  20. Stuff the prepared samosa cone with the prepared potato stuffing.
  21. Apply some water with your fingertips or brush on the round samosa cone circumference and seal the ends together. See pictures for guidance.
  22. Prepare all the samosas this way and keep covered with a wet cloth.
  23. Now heat oil for deep frying and once the oil becomes hot gently slide the prepared stuffed samosas and quickly reduce the flame to low.
  24. Turn the samosas over in between and fry the samosas until golden just like these:
  25. We also kept some aside to bake. We brushed the stuffed samosas with a little oil and baked them at 400 F for about 12-14 minutes. After that put them under the broiler for about 2 minutes and tada… they’re done! Here is how they looked:
http://www.confusedbawarchis.com/2013/12/12/tasty-samosa/

 

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Serve with chutneys of your choice! You could of course experiment more with the filling and add in things that you like. Peas are a common vegetable to add to samosas but I don’t personally like peas so we left them out. Now who said samosas could only be fried. Bake them and don’t feel guilty! 🙂

– Khasta Kachori

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15 Comments:

  1. 7 samosas only??!!! I can gobble up all by myself 😛 Loved your styling…

  2. These samosas look AMAZING!

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  4. Nothing like garam garam Samosa and Chai on a cold winters evening!

  5. I loved your presentation :). Gorgeous samosas.. I generally shy away from these extensive recipes..but your post is very encouraging here :). Hot samosa with ginger chai near fire place…perfect setting.
    Where are you guys located? I am in Cincinnati, OH