One of the things I dearly miss about home is the street food.There are so many mind blowing options, totally vegetarian that would make you salivate at any time of the day. Speaking from experience, it’s not only me or my girl friends back home who are mad about Indian chaats, but also some others for instance my former Boss.An Irishman, extremely generous and ambitious, loves his Samosas too.We would have these for supper in our office canteen discussing Irish and Indian way of lives. 🙂
The twist to this recipe is that I have not used the traditional pastry for the samosa but a filo pastry and my brother would not understand why and how I would do that!Before you may wonder, this is ready made store bought pastry,which not makes it easy to use nevertheless.Well, I haven’t the courage to make my own filo yet, hopefully someday. 🙂
Makes 6 samosas
Ingredients: 6 sheets of filo, 20 by 10 cm brushed with melted butter
Samosa Filling :
3 medium sized boiled potatoes, peeled and mashed roughly
Green peas, boiled
Vegetable oil 2 tbsp
Cumin Seeds 1 tbsp
Ginger, chopped 2 tsp
Coriander seeds, 2 tsp
Green Chillies, chopped (Optional)
Red Chilli Powder 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder 1/2 tsp (Optional)
Salt, to taste
Garam Masala Podwer 1 tsp
Dry Mango powder 1/4 tsp
Lemon juice of half a lemon
Cumin Powder 1 tsp
Coriander, chopped (Optional)
Samosa Filling : Heat oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds.Once it crackles, add the coriander seeds and stir for 30-40 seconds. Add the chopped ginger and green chilli and cook for 45 seconds. Add the potatoes and green peas and mix well. Add the dried spices and mix until well mixed.Add the lemon juice and cook for another minute. Turn off the heat and add the chopped coriander.Mix well.
Preheat oven to 180° C. Line baking tray with baking paper.
For the Filo : Lay a filo rectangle on the work surface with the short side facing you.Brush with melted butter. Put about 3-4 tbsp of the samosa filling on the side of the rectangle near you.
Fold the top right hand corner over the filling, then fold the resulting triangle over, bringing the point to the bottom right hand corner to make another triangle.
Now fold the top corner of the this triangle to the opposite side of the filo.
I used a longer strip than required,hence I had to make some more triangles.Depending on the length of your filo,make triangles leaving an empty 1 cm strip along the bottom.
Fold this strip back over the base of the triangle and press to seal it well.
Repeat with other filo triangle to make samosas.
Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
Serve hot with mint Yoghurt or mint chutney or even plain old tomato ketchup!