Samosas

A dear friend asked me for a recipe for samosas so despite my phobia of curry I started looking around at recipes. Some of them called for cooking the veggies until your peas would have been army green and mushy, gak, so I tweaked what I found and allowed for the use of dried spices in case you did not have fresh on hand.  Before somebody goes acting like I am an idiot I do know that curry is a blend of spices and not a singular spice. It is the smell that gets to me and they all have similar smells. My curry phobia came about because I used to have a job, way back in my youth, rehabbing apartments when people left. One apartment had a bathtub stall with 2 inches of curry-scented soap scum on it that I had to scrape off with a putty knife. Since that day just the smell of anything with curry in it makes me gag so I went to Penzeys to see if there was a blend that would make me gag less. I ended up choosing a variety called Balti. Luckily for me the meat variety of samosas does not call for curry at all hooray! I decided to cheat for these and use puff pastry sheets rather than make my own dough and fry them. You can easily find a recipe for dough but just let me point out that 1 vegetarian samosa using homemade dough and fried is 430 calories. I did beef and vegetarian and you will need:

Meat Filling

1 pound of ground meat (I used beef)

½ of a diced onion

1 teaspoon of chopped mint

2 garlic cloves or 1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger or 1 teaspoon ground dried ginger

2 tablespoons of lemon juice

1 tablespoon of oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil in pan and add the onion, garlic, ginger, and turmeric to the oil and cook until soft. Add your meat and then salt and pepper. Once meat is cooked through remove from the heat and add the lemon juice and mint. Allow to cool completely.

Vegetarian Filling

1 cup of diced potatoes

¼ cup of grated carrot

½ of an diced onion

½ cup of frozen peas

2 cloves or 1 teaspoon of garlic powder

2 teaspoon of curry powder of your choice

1 tablespoon of oil

Salt and pepper to taste

1 cup of vegetable stock

 

Note: when I say stock what I am using is Glory brand stock base. Our Wal-Mart carries it and their vegetable kind is terrific. All you do is add a teaspoon to some water and you have instant stock! I highly recommend it if you can find it. Heat the oil in a pan and cook your onions and potatoes with the seasonings until slightly softened. Add you stock and cover the pan. Allow to simmer until the potatoes are soft then add in your carrots and peas. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely.

To make the samosas heat your oven to 400° and oil 2 sheet pans. I used 2 so that I would be able to tell the finished samosas apart. Cut your puff pastry sheets in half and then each half into thirds. I managed 6 of each flavor this way but you can make bigger ones if you like. Pick up each rectangle of dough and place about 1/3 of a cup of filling into the center then fold up the sides around it.

You will now have a smaller rectangle. Take the two upper corners and fold then back so you get a half-moon shape.

Once you have all the pastry filled place it in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the pastry looks browned.This is what it looks like before baking.

As a bonus here is a recipe for a tomato-based dipping sauce:

1 can of tomato sauce (16 oz)

3 tablespoons of chili garlic sauce (found in your Asian aisle or if you are really lucky and Asian store)

½ teaspoon ginger powder

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon onion powder

2 tablespoons of brown sugar

2 tablespoons of malt vinegar

Just simmer everything for around 15 minutes then allow to cool. You can do this ahead of time and keep refrigerated. By the way I did eat both varieties of samosa but the meat kind was my favorite and the tiniest werewolf ate 1 and a half which is a lot for a werewolf with a ¼ cup tummy capacity so I guess they were a hit!

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Leslie Medina says:

    I think I remember that apartment- Hannah’s apartment complex on 6th street right? You are totally justified on the gag reflex…

    1. raisingwerewolves says:

      That would be the place!

      Sent from my iPhone

  2. Melissa says:

    OMG. Yum. Thank you for finding a recipe! I can’t wait to try them out. Sorry it’s taken me so long to catch up on your posts. Glad to see you’re giving up soda. I cannot imagine giving up my coffee, though:)

    1. raisingwerewolves says:

      You are welcome! And I really don’t miss the coffee. I do miss wine sometimes though!

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