19 November, 2008

Samosa recipe

Manjula is amazing, she has so many fun Indian recipes to try. She has a website with tons of recipes and youtube demos to make it easier for the clueless like me!! Today I am going to make these samosas, and I have already made Dal is on the stove cooking right now!!! If you could smell the aroma in my home, you'd be pounding on my door for some food, YUM!





Manjula's kitchen
has 72 different videos on YouTube if you are as much and Indian cuisine fanatic as me you will drool watching it. She makes it all look much easier, and removes the scary mystery out of a food that here would seem a little intimidating, since we have no idea how to make it. OH, it is so worth stepping out!!! I will tell you how they samosas go!

If you have any pointers for me let me know!

Here is the Samosa recipe directly from Manjula's kitchen!!!


SAMOSA

Makes 8 samosas.

Samosa

Ingredients:

  • Dough:
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon sooji (semolina flour)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 11/2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/4 cup minus 2 tablespoon lukewarm water

Filling:

  • 3 large boiled potatoes, peeled and chopped into very small cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 chopped green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon amchur (mango powder)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/2 cup green peas (frozen)

Method

Dough:

  1. Mix the flour, sooji, salt, oil and salt togather to make a soft dough (add more water as needed).
  2. knead the dough for about 1 to 2 minutes to make the dough smooth and pliable.
  3. Set the dough aside and cover it with damp cloth. Let the dough sit for at least 15 minutes.

Filling:

  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium high heat. Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to the oil; if it cracks right away oil is ready.
  2. Add cumin seeds as cumin seeds crack, add green chilies, coriander powder and stir for few seconds.
  3. Next add green peas and turn heat to medium and stir until tender.
  4. Add the potatoes and stir-fry for about 4 minutes. Stir in garam masala and amchur. Add more salt or amchur according to taste.
  5. Let the filling cool to room temperature.

Making Samosa:

  1. Take 2 tablespoons of water and 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour to make a paste and keep aside.
  2. Knead the dough for a minute.
  3. Divide the dough into 4 equal parts and make into balls.
  4. Roll each ball into 6-inch diameter circles and cut each circle in half.
  5. Spread the paste lightly all along the edge of one semicircle. Pick this semicircle up with both hands and fold it into a cone shape. Pinch the side of this cone so that it is completely sealed.
  6. Fill the cone with 3 tablespoons of filling. Press this filling down with your fingers. Now close the top of this cone into a triangle shape, pinching the top edge so that it is completely sealed.
  7. Continue filling the rest of the samosas.
  8. Heat about 1-1/2 inch of the oil in a frying pan on medium heat. To check if oil is hot enough place a small piece of dough in oil and dough should sizzle and come to the surface slowly.
  9. Place the samosas in the frying pan a few at a time.
  10. After samosas are floating on top of the oil turn them slowly. Fry the samosas until the samosas turn a light golden-brown color on all sides. If you use a high heat, the samosa crust will be too soft and not crispy.

Tips:

  1. Boil the potatoes just until tender. Be careful not to poke the potatoes multiple times while they are cooking, as they will absorve the water. Drain immediately and keep aside until cool enough to touch.
  2. The dough has to be kneaded well; otherwise, the samosas will not come out as crisp.
  3. If the filled samosas sit for too long, they will dry. To avoid this, cover with a damp cloth.

Suggestions:

  1. Samosa can be prepared ahead of time and can be freeze for a month.
  2. Before freezing fry them enough until samosa changes the color to very light gold brown.
  3. After samosas are on room temperature bag them in zip lock bags and freeze them.
  4. To use frozen samosas take out as many you need and fry them on medium heat.

If you make it let me know how it turns out!!! I will be trying it tonight :)

7 comments:

Ramya said...

samosas??? my favorite! nice to see that you are experimenting with indian recipes:)

bethany said...

ramya- yay!! I love them too...they are SOOOO good. Do you cook the often in your home? I would like some tips if you do! what Indian dishes do you cook at home?

mej said...

sounds soooo good bethany! make sure to post how they turn out.

Veens said...

awwwwwwsome! can i tell u i have never tried making them :D my fav too! they are just delicious :D

and i m going to try them too!

:) and plss post pics/video of how it turns out!! Thanks Bethany!

For Dal, mom prepares every other variety a lil different as they give different flavor...

I have an idea- i will find out hw to cook green dal frm mom and post it for u - but i will take time :D i have to get the green dal first LOL!

Ramya said...

i cook indian food practically everyday..:) let me know what you want to know and I'll share some of my recipes with you!:) i only cook vegetarian stuff though..

Veens said...

http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=POxhFFGfR7o&eurl=http://www.google.com/reader/view/

check this out!

Ramya said...

how did the samosas come out??