Monday, November 8, 2010

RecipeMonday: Today It's About Samosa!


Samosa

Samosa Pastry

You don't have to make your own pastry. You can simply buy some ready-made pastry from the shop. For samosas you want to fry, use Filo Pastry. For the oven, use Puff Pastry.


Ingredient:

This recipe will make enough pastry for 24 samosas.

- 225gm. plain flour

- 2 teaspoon salt

- 2tablespoon vegetable oil

- 80 ml warm water.

Directions:

- Mix flour and salt into a bowl. Make a well into the centre and add the oil and enough water to make firm dough. Knead the dough on a floured surface until smooth and roll into a ball. Cover in plastic wrap and set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes.

- Divide the pastry into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and roll out into a circle of 15 cm. Divide this circle into two equal pieces with a knife.

- Brush each edge with a little water and form a cone shape around your fingers, sealing the dampened edge.

- Fill the cases with a tablespoon of your chosen mixture and press the two dampened edges together to seal the top of the cone.

- Deep fry the samosas in hot oil until crisp and brown take out and drain on a paper towel.



Fillings



Vegetable Samosa Filling

Ingredients:

- 1 Potato finely diced (5 to 10 mill cubes)

- 1 carrot finely diced - as above

- 2 cloves of crushed garlic.

- 1 Onion finely chopped

- 1 Cup of frozen peas

- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

- 2 teaspoon curry powder or your own spices according to taste

- Salt, Pepper to taste.

- 100ml of vegetable stock.

Directions:

- Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the onion and garlic. Mix in the spices and fry until soft.

- Add the vegetables, seasoning and stir well until coated.

- Add the stock, cover and simmer for 30 minutes until cooked.


Chicken Samosa Filling

Ingredients:

- 500g minced Chicken

- 1 onion

- 2 cloves of garlic crushed

- 1teaspon curry powder

½ teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon ground turmeric

½ teaspoon ground roasted cumin seeds

1 fresh chili finally diced

1 teaspoon chopped mint or coriander

½ teaspoon fresh grated ginger

Salt and ground pepper to taste

Juice of half a lemon

Directions:

- Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the onion and garlic. Mix in the spices and seasoning and fry until soft.

- Add the mince, stirring until well-cooked.

- Remove from heat and stir in the mint and lemon juice.


Beef Samosa Filling

Ingredients:

- 500g minced beef

- 1 onion

- 2 cloves garlic

- Chili to taste

- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

- 1 teaspoon ground coriander

- 2 teaspoon fresh ginger

- 50 ml chopped mint

- Juice of 1 lemon

- 2 tablespoon vegetable oil

- Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

- Heat the oil in a frying pan.

- Add the onion and garlic, cook until soft. Mix in the spices and seasoning, fry until soft.

- Add the mince, stirring until cooked.

- Remove from heat and stir in the mint and lemon juice.

Baking Samosas In The Oven

Directions:

- While samosas are traditionally fried, many people prefer to bake them in the oven as it is more convenient and healthier.

- When using an oven buy ready-made Puff Pastry.

- Divide the pastry into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and roll out into a circle of 15 cm. Divide this circle into two equal pieces with a knife.

- Brush each edge with a little water and form a cone shape around your fingers, sealing the dampened edge.

- Fill the cases with a tablespoon of your chosen mixture and press the two dampened edges together to seal the top of the cone.

- Put the samosas on a lightly greased baking tray.

- Beat one egg and lightly brush over each samosa.

- Cooking times should be displayed on the Puff Pastry packaging.

- Cool on a wire tray after removing from the oven.


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