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Samosas (Jaffrey)


This article is from the 20th Century Appetizer Recipes, with numerous contributions by famous and also anonymous cooks

Samosas (Jaffrey)

2 c Whole wheat flour

3 tb Vegetable oil

1/2 ts Salt

Vegetable oil to deep fry 7 md Boiled potatoes

10 tb Vegetable oil

1/8 ts Asafetida

1 ts Whole fennel seeds

1 ts Whole cumin seeds

1 ts Whole black mustard seeds

12 Whole fenugreek seeds

3 Whole dried red chilies

1/2 ts Turmeric

1 1/2 ts Salt

1 tb Lemon juice

To make the pastry, combine the 2 c of flour with 3 tb oil. Add salt & mix. Add 1 cup of water a little at a time until you have a firm dough. Knead the dough well for 10 minutes or until the dough is elasticy & smooth. Form inot a ball, brush with a little oil, cover with a damp towel & set aside. To make the filling: Boil the potatoes & let them cool. You may peel them if you like, I choose not to. Dice them into bite-sized pieces. In a wok or very large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. When very hot, drop in the asafetida. 5 seconds later, add the fennel & cumin seeds. A few seconds later add in rapid succession the mustard seeds & fenugreek. As they begin to change colour & pop, add the chilies. As soon as the chilies swell & darken, add the potatoes, turmeric & salt. Fry gently, carefully turning the potatoes so as not to break them. Fry for 15 to 20 minutes until the potatoes are unevenly browned. Add lemon juice & mix well. Check the salt. Remove potatoes from the wok, place in a serving dish & crush coarsely with the back of a slotted spoon. Divide the dough into 28 to 30 equal balls. Flatten each ball & roll it out on a floured surface until it is approximately 4 inches in diameter. Cut each round in half. Taking one semicircle at a time, moisten half the length of the cut edge with a finger dipped in water. Form a wide cone with the semi-circle, using the moist section to overlap 1/4 inch & hold it closed. Fill samosa 3/4 full with stuffing. Moisten the inside edges of the opening & press it

shut. Seal this end by pressing down on it with a fork as you would a pie crust. Do all the samosas this way, keeping them moist in a plastic wrap or under a damp towel until you are ready to fry. (I find that I save a lot of time & anguish by frying them as I go). Heat the oil for deep frying in a wok. When the oil is hot, slide in 3 or 4 samosas, be careful not to overcrowd. Fry until the samosas are brown on

all sides, about 2 or 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon & drain on paper towels. Repeat until you have 60 samosas. The oil should be hot, but do not use a high heat otherwise they will burn.

Serve samosas hot with a sweet chutney or tamarind paste. They can be frozen & re-heated in a 300F oven. Madhur Jaffrey, "An Invitation to Indian Cooking"


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