How to Make a Samosa

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If you're an Indian food lover, you've likely tried one of that cuisine's most popular appetizers, the samosa. These are deep-fried or baked pastries filled with anything from a vegetable-potato mixture to meat. Restaurants typically serve samosas hot with various types of chutney. Follow these steps to make a traditional samosa filled with a delicious potato mixture.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup water
  • 3 medium potatoes
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 1/2 cup green peas
  • 1 green chili
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tbsp. coriander
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. red chili powder
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • Saute pan
  • Rolling pin
  • Deep frying pan
  • Mix flour, salt and butter together. Slowly add water and knead until you make a soft dough. Set aside the dough for your outer pastry under a moist cloth.

  • Peel, boil and chop potatoes. Lightly mash them in a bowl and set aside.

  • Heat two tablespoons of oil in a small frying pan and add onions and green chili. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes on medium high heat. Add peas and continue sautéing another 3 to 4 minutes. Add ground ginger, salt, red chili powder, cilantro leaves and coriander. Saute for 1 minute.

  • Mix peas, onion and spice mixture with your mashed potatoes.

  • Make small balls out of your dough. Roll out into 5- to 6-inch thin circles with a rolling pin. Cut circles into 2 halves.

  • Form one semi-circle into a cone shape using water to help mold it. Fill cone with your potato mixture. Add the other semi-circle cone on top and close all sides using several drops of water to seal the sides.

  • Heat oil in a deep frying pan on medium heat. Deep fry samosas on medium heat until they're golden brown.

Tips & Warnings

  • Serve samosas with a tamarind, mint or other type of chutney, found at most grocery stores.
  • Try substituting a meat filling for the potato mixture or experiment with other spices and vegetables.
  • For a healthier alternative, bake samosas in an oven at 350 until golden brown.

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