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Samosa – Deep Fried Indian Patty
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Samosa – Deep Fried Indian Patty

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Here comes the long awaited post about Samosas, a very common Indian snack. My mouth begins to water as I write this, because the taste of samosas are superb, particularly when they're homemade.

After my feeble attempts to explain to a long distance friend what a samosa is, I thought: Why not make it at home and share the recipe. That got my husband excited too!

For the recipe, we need oil, fine wheat flour, potatoes, green peas, salt, garam masala and optional clintario seeds. If you don't have India's special spice mix Garam Masala, you can simply add black pepper or red chilli powder in its place.

To start with, boil 2 medium sized potatoes and about half a cup of green peas. Peel and mash the potatoes and add boiled peas to it. Add salt to taste , 15-20 clintario seeds and half tsp garam masala or pepper powder. This mixture is used for filling.

Knead 2 cups of flour with water and optional salt and oil. Now use a rolling pin to flatten the flour balls and make it into a cone. Fine flour can be tricky to handle and it takes practice to do it well. Don't lose hope if you are trying it for the first time. Add the filling inside the cone and press the ends together so that the layers stick together.

It is important that there are no holes in the stuffed cones. Now take some oil in a pan for deep frying and heat it. Add the cones and wait till they turn golden. The picture shared above is a real one taken at my home. Samosas made in the market look slightly different. They often have a perfect shape and a uniform texture.

Serve hot with tomato ketchup, coriander and mint chutney or any other dip of your choice.

 

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  1. Sumit  Bhardwaj
    Sumit Bhardwaj
    Yummy! I love it! :) Its the definitive tea time snack that almost every Indian enjoys having :)
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  2. Shabs Online
    Shabs Online
    'Samosa' - our national snack...I too love it making at home n enjoying them with chutneys. Voted!
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      oh you too make them at home...I thought I was the only one...
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  3. SnakeWitch
    Coriander and mint chutney with mine, please! Happy to have a recipe! I should've just looked it up, but this way is faster... !! ;) This is kinda the East Indian version of empanadas down here. The flour is corn based here, and they generally use other vegetables... more of a tomato base with fresh coriander leaves instead of the seeds. Voted! Have you had the chance to check out my post about green bananas?
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    1. Shabs Online
      Shabs Online
      'Empanadas'...that's a new term for me...cool name and what similaritiess with our Samosa...wow! :)
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  4. Veganara
    Veganara
    Vote no 5. At last!!! Thank you so much for sharing this. I love samosas, and I am going to try this recipe when I have time. I bet the home-made ones taste even better than the ones I usually buy over here (I sometimes have a samosa as a snack when I am out and about as it is usually quite hard to find a vegan sandwich anywhere, but they sell samosas in most of the shops, garages, etc!)
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    1. Shabs Online
      Shabs Online
      You're right Maggie...home-made Samosas are always better than the ones in markets....and that's why we make them at home, on Sundays ofcourse! :)
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    2. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      wow...I didn't know you get them there so easily! That's great.
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      1. SnakeWitch
        In Canada they are incredibly easy to get, and they are very good. A lot can be bought that are not 'commercially made' and there is such a big variety - from deep fried to baked, to tofu with spicey sauce, the one you suggest here, and much more. There are tons of people from the Middle East and Asia everywhere and we get great real traditional food from any country - including egyptioan.
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      2. Veganara
        Veganara
        Yep, we have a lot of Asians here, and some of them run their own food businesses, making and supplying authentic Asian food all over the country, so as I say, samosas are usually easy to get, not just in the Indian shops and restaurants, but also in supermarkets, convenience stores, filling stations, you name it! They do the lamb ones as well, obviously of no interest to us, but they usually have a choice of those or the vegetable ones in most places. Very tasty and filling, despite being small!
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  5. kristo
    kristo
    I love samosas! Voted - of course.
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  6. Fifi Leigh
    Fifi Leigh
    sounds good. i am eating samosas this week, but they are frozen food that i just heat in the microwave. they are spicy, as well. i am also eating with it Paratha.
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      We make kind of burgers here with samosa (called samosa pav)..its a Mumbai specialty!
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  7. Akanksha
    Akanksha
    Just wanted to add - Samosas can also be baked as well, if you want to avoid deep frying.
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  8. pftsusan
    pftsusan
    My mouth was watering too. Voted.
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  9. No Name
    Even here in Tahiti we have them. There are a lot of Asian people here especially from China. So this one is very good and normally has a curry flavor inside of it. Excellent I want to try this one too. Thank you so much.
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  10. JustVegan
    I missed this one. Love samosa. Didn't know they could be made at home that easily. Wow! Voted.
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