Friday, 8 July 2011

Samosa Recipe

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For the pastry:
    2 cups flour
    1/2 tsp. salt
    4 Tbsp. oil
    4 Tbsp. water
For the stuffing:
    4-5 medium potatoes, boiled in their jackets and allowed to cool
    4 Tbsp. oil
    1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
    1 cup (175 g) shelled peas
    1 Tbsp. finely grated peeled fresh ginger
    1 fresh hot green chili, finely chopped
    3 Tbsp. very finely chopped fresh green coriander (cilantro)
    3 Tbsp. water
    1 1/2 tsp. salt
    1 tsp. ground coriander seeds
    1 tsp. garam masala
    1 tsp. ground roasted cumin seeds
    1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
    2 Tbsp. lemon juice
    oil for deep frying
Sift the flour and salt into a bowl.  Add the 4 tablespoons on oil and rub it in with your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.  Slowly add about 4 tablespoons water -- or a tiny bit more -- and gather the dough into a stiff ball.

Empty the ball out on to clean work surface.  Knead the dough for about 10 minutes or until it is smooth.  Make a ball.  Rub the ball with about 1/4 teaspoon oil and slip it into a plastic bag.  Set aside for 30 minutes or longer.

Make the stuffing.  Peel the potatoes and cut them into 1/4 inch dice. Heat 4 tablespoons oil in a large frying pan over a medium flame. When hot, put in the onion.    Stir and fry until brown at the edges. Add the peas, ginger, green chili, fresh coriander (cilantro), and 3 tablespoons water.  Cover, lower heat and simmer until peas are cooked.  Stir every now and then and add a little more water if the frying pan seems to dry out.

Add the diced potatoes, salt, coriander seeds, garam masala, roasted cumin, cayenne, and lemon juice.  Stir to mix.  Cook on low heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring gently as you do so.  Check balance of salt and lemon juice.  You may want more of both.    Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool.

Knead the pastry dough again and divide it into eight balls.  Keep 7 covered while you work with the eight.  Roll this ball out into a 7 inch (18 cm) round.  Cut it into half with a sharp, pointed knife. Pick up one half and form a cone, making a 1/4 inch wide (5 mm), overlapping seam.  Glue this seam together with a little water.    Fill the cone with about 2 1/2 tablespoons of the potato mixture.  Close the top of the cone by sticking the open edges together with a little water.  Again, your seam should be about 1/4 inch (5 mm) wide.  Press the top seam down with the prongs of a fork or flute it with your fingers.  Make 7 more samosas.

Heat about 1 1/2 to 2 inches (4-5 cm) of oil for deep frying over a medium-low flame.    You may use a small, deep, frying pan for this or an Indian wok.  When the oil is medium hot, put in as many samosas as the pan will hold in a single layer.    Fry slowly, turning the samosas frequently until they are golden brown and crisp.  Drain on paper towel and serve hot, warm, or at room temperature.

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