Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Samosas

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I got this from a friend of mine, it’s an Indian dish. He tells me you can find this on the menu at many Indian restaurants and is served in many movie theaters in India during the “intermission” in the concession stands.
When we had potlucks he would often bring this.
For the pastry
1-1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup of oil
1/8 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon red chili powder
For the filling:
4 medium potatoes, boiled and mashed coarsely
1/2 cup green peas, cooked
1/2 teaspoon Garam Masala
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon red chili powder
1 teaspoon dry mango powder or Amchur
1/2 teaspoon Cumin powder
3 tablespoons oil
1/2 teaspoon of cumin seeds
Pinch of Asafoetida (or hing)
1 finely chopped green chili
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Will need oil for frying
  • To make the filling, heat a very small bit of oil and add cumin seeds, Asafoetida and finely chopped green chilies.
  • Next add the mashed potatoes and peas.
  • Add garam masala, pepper, chili powder, mango powder and cumin powder. Mix well and let it cook for 5-6 minutes covered. Add the lemon juice and mix well. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  • To make the pastry, combine all pastry ingredients. Mix well.
  • Cut the pastry dough into 4 equal parts.
  • Take one part, roll it out into a round about 6-8 inches in diameter.
  • Cut in half (equally) Cover dough with a towel while not in use.
  • Moisten the straight edge with a finger dipped in water, then take the other half and fold it in the shape of a cone.
  • Stuff about a tablespoon of the potato mixture in the cone and seal the top edge with a drop of water and press the edges together. Continue doing this until the cone shape is used up.
  • Repeat with other half and then with the remaining dough parts.
  • Heat oil
  • Deep fry the Samosas 4 to 5 at a time until golden brown. ( Approx 1-2 minutes per side, turning once)
Makes 8 samosas
Serve hot with Tamarind chutney or Mint chutney.
* Looks a bit complicated to me! I’ll just let him bring it to the next potluck! I don’t have any of these Indian spices in my stock.
I have tasted these, they’re pretty good!

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