Oh yes! I love Samosas! And I bet you love it too.
My love for Samosas started when I was a little girl. Every Saturday I used to eagerly wait for my father to bring home those mouth-watering Samosas with hot syrupy Jalebis. This is the best combination.
I do not really know why I still love Samosas so much but what I do know is that I have many many memories around it.
I now live in Gurgaon where I surely do not get the same kind of Samosas as in Bokaro. Actually there are many versions of Samosas which I discovered when travelling across India. And, I have loved every version that I've tasted.
Samosa is also called Singhada in the East. The version that I prepared this time is from this part of the country where it is just heavenly in taste.
In and around Delhi we have these famous Aggarwal Sweets where they make quite nice Samosas too but they put a lot of Garam Masala or sometimes even dry fruits like Cashews & raisins. They do not mash the potatoes well & sometime just fill in cubes of cut potatoes. I have even seen non-vegetarian Samosas filled with mutton or chicken shreds. Have you also tasted Chinese Samosas? I have! They stuff it with noodles.
Once when in Chandigarh I found that the menu read SMOSA (A missing) which is exactly how they pronounce it too.
So to please me all you guys need to do is invite me over a Samosa Party! :)
To taste my version you will need:
- Maida (All purpose flour) : 250 gms
- Potatoes: Boiled & mashed: 4 Large
- Peanuts: Handful or as per desire
- Green Chillies: 6
- Red Chillies: 4
- Garlic: 1 big pod
- Salt: As per taste
- Oil for frying
For the Dough -
Add salt & some oil ( 2 tbsp) to the maida & make a dough. The dough should not be very soft.
For the filling -
Cut Potatoes in halves add salt & turmeric & put to cook till done.
When done, mash it softly
Prepare a paste of green chillies, red chillies & garlic. You could user a grinder or even a mortar & pestle.
Heat a pan & add some oil to roast the peanuts. Remove when done.
Add the chilli garlic paste into the remaining oil & saute for a minute. Now dump the potatoes into this pan & mix in well. Add peanuts & salt to the filling. Keep aside.
Take a ball of dough goo enough to roll out like a chappatti. Now take a knife & cut it into half. So now you have 2 semi-circles which will make 2 Samosas.
We will now need some water in a bowl which will help us seal the samosa.
Take one semi-circle & place it circle side down. Pick one corner & fold from the mid point downwards so it covers a half. Now, dip your finger in water & wet the other side - top line. Fold it from the midpoint over the first layer so that the wet portion sticks to the other layer & seals it to make a triangle. Now pick it up softly & fill in the cone shape. Again wet the front edges & bring the circled layer on top of the wet portion to seal it. Your Samosa is ready.
Prepare them all & then deep fry in medium to low flame to cook it well.
Serve with ketchup, sauce or any chutney.
Do not forget to write back to me if you ever make it.
- Garlic can be avoided if you do not like the taste/smell
- You may add some freshly ground garam masala too