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Samosa

Posted: August 24, 2010 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food, Snack
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Recipe Yields: 16 Samosa’s  

Samosa  

Samosa(Pronounce as Sa Mousa) is the popular snack in india which is a stuffed pastry in a triangular shape.  Usually the stuffing is made of potatoes, green peas, peanuts and some spices and then the pastry is deep-fried in oil. Samosa are often served with tamarind chutney and green mint chutney.  

This is the first time I have tried making this at home but needless to say the outcome was great and satisfying.  

Samosa

Samosa

Ingredients:  

For the crust:  

  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ghee/Clarified butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ajwain/carom seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup warm water to knead the dough

Take everything mentioned above for the crust in a large bowl except water. Slowly add water and knead the dough. Dough should not be sticky or it will be difficult to handle. Once done keep it aside covered.  

Meanwhile prepare the stuffing for samosa:  

Ingredients:  

  • 2 medium-sized potatoes, boiled, peeled and roughly mashed
  • 6-7 curry leaves
  • 1 cup frozen green peas, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/3 cup slightly roasted peanuts in oil
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 green chillies, deveined and chopped
  • Oil for deep-frying

Preparation:  

  • Heat oil in a pan over medium high heat, add cumin seeds and let it get brown.
  • Add green peas followed by turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, chopped curry leaves, green chillies and salt.  Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add peanuts and boiled potatoes to the pan and mix everything gently. Switch off the gas and transfer the filling in a bowl and let it cool down.
  • Meanwhile divide the dough into 8 equal parts and roll each of them such that they are smooth and without cracks.
  • Now take one portion and roll it into a circle about 6 inches in diameter.
  • Cut into two equal parts in semi-circle using a knife or pizza cutter.
  • Now take one of the semi-circle and fold it like a cone and hold in between your index finger and thumb for the filling.
  • Spoon the filling in the cone and seal the third side by using a drop of water as glue.
  • Repeat the steps 5-8 for the rest of the portion balls.
  • Once done heat oil in a deep skillet and fry the samosa’s until golden brown and crispy from both the sides.
  • Serve warm with tomato ketchup and enjoy.
Samosa

Samosa

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Recipe Yields: 2-3 servings

Pakoras/bhajiya/fritters

Pakora is usually served as snack or appetizers. Pakora can be made in different ways using different ingredients which will be dipped in a batter of gram flour/besan and then its deep-fried in oil.  Yes deep-fried, sometimes I feel that I am not consuming healthy food but its ok once in a while and it also changes the taste of your palate. The most common veggie used to make pakoras are potatoes and onions. But my mom would use different kind of vegetable to make this fritters like egg plants, spinach leaves, cauliflower florets, lauki/bottle gourd to name a few. So, here goes the recipe:

Pakoras/bhajiya/fritters

Pakoras/bhajiya/fritters

Ingredients:

  • 5-6 cauliflower florets
  • 1 small broccoli head, around 4-5 florets attached, grated
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • 2 small potatoes, cut in like french fries
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kalonji/black onion seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ajwain
  • 1 cup gram flour/besan
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon semolina
  • salt to taste
  • oil for deep-frying

Preparation:

  • Mix together the gram flour, potatoes, onions, cauliflower florets, grated broccoli, chillies, ajwain, kalonji, turmeric powder, baking soda and salt to taste make thick batter by adding little water. Keep the batter aside for sometime so that the flavour blend together.
  • Heat oil in a deep skillet over high heat, scoop batter with a tablespoon and drop it in oil.
  • Fry the pakora until golden brown and crispy from both the sides. Turn them occasionally.
  • Fry them in batches. Usually you will take 4-5 batches to finish the batter.
  • Serve hot with chutney,ketchup and of course hot tea to accompany these.
Pakoras/bhajiya/fritters

Pakoras/bhajiya/fritters