Samosa

Samosa

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Serves: 6

Ingredients
For dough:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ajwain seeds
  • Water as needed
For filling:
  • 2 russet potatoes, boiled and mashed
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, plus more for frying
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno or serrano chili, finely minced
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, finely minced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon dhana-jeeru (spice blend of ground coriander and cumin)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoons sugar or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons aam-chur (dried mango powder) or juice of ½ a lemon, see Note.
  • ½ cup frozen green peas, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup loosely packed mint leaves
Directions
  1. Make the dough: Combine flour, salt, ajwain seeds, oil and shortening in a medium mixing bowl and mix it with hands. Gradually add water while mixing and kneading until it makes soft and smooth dough. Cover the dough with a plate or a kitchen towel and let it rest for 30 minutes to one hour.
  2. Make the filling: In a wok or a frying pan heat 2 tablespoons of oil on medium high heat until shimmering. Add cumin seeds and let them sizzle. Next add mustard seeds and let them sizzle. Add shallot, green chili, ginger and garlic. Sauté the mixture until shallot is translucent, about 1 minute. Add all dry spices and sauté for 30 seconds.
  3. Add mashed potatoes, season with salt, sugar and mango powder or lemon juice. Stir everything to combine spices with mashed potatoes. Let the mixture cook on low heat for 2 minutes.
  4. Add peas, cilantro and mint. Stir to combine and let the filling cook for 1 more minute. Adjust the seasoning. Let the filling cool for 20 to 30 minutes.
  5. Make samosas: Divide the dough into 20 or so equal parts. Roll into balls and cover with a plate or a towel. Take one ball of dough and roll out into about 6 inch circle. Cut the circle in half. Put about 2 tablespoons of filling in the middle of half circle, leaving about ¼ inch space on the round side. Pick corner of straight side and cover the filling. Pick another corner of straight side and cover the dough with filling. Press gently to seal dough over the filling. It should make a triangle. Pinch together round side of dough and the corner. Cover the prepared samosa with a towel. Repeat the process first with other half circle and then with remaining dough balls and filling.
  6. Heat oil in frying pan until ready for frying. Drop 4 to 5 samosa in hot oil and fry until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from oil and drain excess oil on a paper towel lined plate.
  7. Fry remaining samosa same way. Serve warm with cilantro chutney and tamarind and date chutney.
Notes
Aam-chur (dried mango powder) are available in Indian grocery stores.