Homemade Indian Samosas Recipe

Do not be intimidated to make this delicious Indian appetizer. Homemade Indian Samosas are worth the little bit of effort, but none of the steps are difficult and the ingredients are easily found.

“A samosa is a fried or baked dish with a savoury filling, such as spiced potatoes, onions, peas, meats or lentils. It may take different forms, including triangular, cone, or half-moon shapes, depending on the region.” – Wikipedia.com

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and Samosas are commonplace and one of my favorite Indian dishes.

Homemade Indian Samosas

Ingredients

Dough

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup plain yogurt (not greek)

Dipping Sauce

  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Filling

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 cup onion (finely minced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger (freshly grated)
  • ground cayenne pepper (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder or mustard seed
  • 1 teaspoon dried coriander
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cup frozen peas (uncooked)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions

Dough
Step 1
Place the flour in a medium-sized bowl. Mix in
the salt.
Step 2
Make a well in the center, and add the buttermilk or yogurt. Mix first with a spoon and then with your hand, to make a smooth dough.
Step 3
Add extra flour, as needed, to keep the dough from being sticky. The dough will be quite soft. knead in the bowl for about 5 minutes. Cover tightly and refrigerate until you are ready to assemble the pastries.
Filling
Step 4
Peel the potatoes and chop them into 1-inch pieces. Place in a saucepan, cover with water, and boil until very soft. Drain and transfer to a medium-sized bowl. Mash and set aside.
Step 5
Melt the butter in a heavy skillet. Add onion, garlic, ginger, mustard seeds, coriander, and salt. Saute over medium heat about 8 to 10 minutes, or until onions are quite soft. Add this to the mashed potatoes, along with the remaining ingredients. Mix well, but try not to smash the peas. Cool for at least 15 minutes before filling the pastries.
Assemble
Step 6
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Generously oil a baking sheet.
Step 7
Keep a small container of flour, a fork, a small bowl of water, and a pastry brush close at hand. Flour a clean surface, and, one by one, roll 1-inch balls of dough into 5-inch circles, using a rolling pin.
Step 8
Place approximately 1 1/2 tablespoons filling in the center of each circle, and fold over, just like a turnover. Brush the inside edges of each circle with a little water, and fold the edges together to make a small hem. Crimp the edges firmly with a fork. Note: If you are storing the samosas to bake later on, place them on a heavily floured plate or tray, dust the tops with more flour, and cover tightly. Store in the refrigerator or freezer until cooking time
Make Dipping Sauce
Step 9
The Dipping Sauce:
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons brown sugar 1 small clove garlic, minced 1 teaspoon salt

Place all ingredients in a small saucepan. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Heat to boiling, then let simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes. it will reduce slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature with hot samosas
Cook
Step 10
Either deep fry or Bake.
If Frying
Step 11
To cook the samosas half-fill a deep, heavy-based pan with vegetable oil and heat until a cube of bread dropped in sizzles and turns golden-brown in 30 seconds (CAUTION: hot oil can be dangerous. Do not leave unattended). Fry the samosas in small batches for 4-5 minutes, or until golden-brown and crisp.
If Baking
Step 12
If baking, place the samosas on the oiled baking sheet. Brush the tops with oil. Bake 15 minutes at 425 degrees F., then reduce heat to 375 degrees F. and bake for 10 minutes more. For maximum crispness, turn the samosas over when you turn the oven down.
Step 13
If baking, place the samosas on the oiled baking sheet. Brush the tops with oil. Bake 15 minutes at 425 degrees F., then reduce heat to 375 degrees F. and bake for 10 minutes more. For maximum crispness, turn the samosas over when you turn the oven down.
Serve
Step 14
Serve within 5 minutes of cooking with a dipping sauce. A nice way to serve the sauce is in individual saucers or tiny bowls, so each person can hold both samosa and sauce directly under his or her face while eating, and the sauce bowl can catch the drips. (It does drip, but that's one of the charms of this ritual.)

Homemade Indian Samosas Recipe by Dish Ditty Recipes

Homemade Indian Samosas Recipe by Dish Ditty Recipes

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