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Samosas
By Deirdre Cooper

 

 

Just about every ethnic culture has a version of a hand held pie of some sort a basic dough wrapped around a filling. From the Italian Calzone to Argentinian Empanada to the Indian Samosa featured here, there are many other varieties with the same theme throughout the world. The original samosa probably came from Iran around the 10th century. It was brought to India along ancient travel routes as a nourishing and convenient food which could be cooked over a fire and packed easily for a journey.
 
Although they are generally fried, this version is baked in a triangular pastry shell filled with either vegetarian or meat filling. This particular recipe has the strong flavor and heartiness of an authentic samosa without the frying and is an easy, healthy version of the fried version. They can also be frozen before cooking, just eliminate the egg wash, freeze until ready. Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes. Serve warm, plain or with chutney or yogurt mixed with chopped cucumber for a cooling dip.
 
Here is the recipe for an easy baked samosa:
 


 

4 potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/4 cup oil
2 small onions, chopped fine
2 TBSP coriander seed
1 TBSP curry powder
1 TBSP grated fresh ginger
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground turmeric
4 pie crusts, homemade (recipe below) or store bought for approx. 9" pie
Egg whites for egg wash during baking

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Cook, drain and coarsely mash potatoes
  • Heat oil in skillet over med-high heat; cook and stir onions, coriander, curry, ginger, salt, turmeric, cumin, allspice and cinnamon until onions are soft and slightly brown. Stir in peas and thoroughly mix into mashed potatoes. Cool completely.
  • Cut each pie crust into 8 triangles. Spoon filling into wide end of each triangle, fold corners over filling creating a triangular "hat" shape. Pinch dough together to form a seal. Brush egg white over each samosa and arrange on baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes.


 

 

 

For variety, sauteed, ground lamb can be added to the mixture, as well as cooked, chopped chicken. This will add to the volume necessitating additional pie crusts. For a little more heat, you can add 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper.
 
Samosa Dough:
 
3 cups flour
1 tsp Kosher salt
8 TBSP unsalted, chilled butter, cubed
3/4 cup ice cold water
 
Pulse flour, butter and salt in food processor until pea size crumbles form. Add water until dough forms. Chill 1 hour before rolling.
 

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A Samosa is a common snack in India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh. Throughout each country, there are regional versions of the Samosa. The fillings are as varied as the countries themselves. They can be hot and spicy, sweet and savory, crunchy with cashews and sweet with raisins and served with side dips of yogurt and chutney, tamarind sauce or just a squirt of fresh lemon juice.
 
This is the second in an occasional series on hand held "street foods" from around the world.
We hope you are enjoying the journey.
 

Deirdre is a culinary enthusiast who enjoys traveling, gardening, and needless to say works wonders in the kitchen. Deirdre, a native New Yorker, now resides in Ambler with her husband John, and can often be found entertaining family and friends. Enjoy!
 
 
 
 

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