Sunday, May 10, 2009

Samosa anyone?

I got up at 7 am on Sunday (yea, I am super weird!) had a glass of milk and saw if my plants had any new leaves. J was still snoring away to glory, so I switched on the TV and Essence of Emril was running. He was making international appetizers and it included samosa (or samOOsa as they say!). In the list of ingredients he kept repeating, 'gram masala is an important spice in Indian cooking'. Now, I am not a person who sings 'jana gana mana' every morning but I just cannot tolerate it when people pronounce Indian things differently or when they say curry (this one makes my blood boil!). I have told numerous people there is no curry or curry powder in India and that 'curry' is a British invention! Emril my friend, 'gram' is a unit of measurement and 'garam' means spicy/hot. He then proceeded to make the potato filling and stuffed it in a maida dough. He made it look like more like curry puff than samosa! Anyways, you got to give credit to the man for trying out an Indian dish! I still love you Emril and your lovely paunch that looks like half a watermelon!!

So anyways, I had an instant craving for samosa-I am like that. There are times when I would have kept things ready for making pulao or bisi bele bath. But if I am on the phone with my mom and she tells me she had pooris for breakfast, I dump all the veges and pulao masala in the fridge and make pooris and potato masala instead!!!
I decided to look into Tarla Dalal's 'Chaat' book for the recipe. We were not disappointed!


For the covering:
1/2 C maida
2 tsp ghee
salt to taste

For the filling
1 C potato (boiled and cubed)
1/2 C green peas, boiled
1/2 tsp jeera
1/4 tsp hing
1 heaped tsp ginger-green chilli paste
2 tsp amchur
1 tsp daniya-jeera powder
1/2 tsp garam masala

1) mix the maida, ghee and salt with water to form a firm dough. Cover and set aside.
2) Heat oil in a pan and add the jeera. Once it splutters add the hing and ginger-green chilli paste.
3) Saute for 1 min and add the potato, peas, amchur, daniya-jeera powder, garam masala and salt.
4) Mix well and mash lightly.
5) Remove from fire and cool. Divide into 12 equal portions and keep aside.

Lets fry some samose!!!
6) Divide the dough into 6 equal portions and roll each portion into a 5 by 2 inch disk.
7) Now divide this disk into 2 halves.
8) Make a cone from each half and stuff with the filling. Seal all the openings with water.
9) Deep fry in oil till golden brown in colour.


This made for a very good lunch!

1) The filling is very spicy-good for me not so good for J!
2) The crust is just ok not 'OMG it's just like Dilwale bhaiyya's samosa!!'

I think I gave the wrong message in my post- it takes time but not difficult at all. And Nags, you won't mess up trust me! Pavani, 1 egg beaten= 4 tbsp so just divide equally between the 2 dough.


  1. I am ready to dig in... they look wonderful!

  2. wwwoww... the samosas look finger-licking delicious :)

    - Indhu (

  3. I think think that adding butter instead of ghee to the covering dough will make it softer and crispier.

    Using dalda (I still don't know the common name for that thing) will make it taste better but I sense some health-conscious ones rolling their eyes at me now!

    Thanks for yelling partly at me right there :D Your biscuits refuse to leave my head so they will be baked very soon.

  4. yum samosas, filling looks awesome...and this happens so often SJ, I even finish cooking and then S hears soemthign on TV and wants to eat that and all the food goes into the 'fridge and I start work on the new menu !!

  5. God I am wishing someone would haul you back to the classroom to teach those kids.. Thou too Brutus??? You also learnt the trick to torture me through yummy pics?? Samosa's??? never knew they could be made at home..U at least go ahead and dump your preparations and make things u crave for...I just sulk sulk and give a lecture on how if we were in India and I had this craving all I need to do was drop into any house in the neighbourhood and they would feed me to my stomach's full and pack some to take home for M too...

    Dammit here now neighbour and friends mean across the Do u think it will be worth catching a flight to MD for some biscuits and Samosa's??

    You are a wizard at taking pics...awesome Samosa's lined up..

  6. Oye! Why this now? WHy do this to me?

    Let me mother in law. I'm making her make Puri Choley, Gulab Jamoon, Samosa, Kachori and a 100 other things :|

  7. The samosa picture looks stunning and captivating.

  8. Mmm send me a parcel, will munch all! Yummmy stuffing and clicks..!

  9. first time here,,,,yummy space,..

  10. awesome samosas.......i need one plssssss!

  11. They look absolutely gorgeous. Who can resist those beauties?

  12. Hi...first time here...great recipes...the samosas look so tempting, just want to grab one.
    Love the cookies too.

  13. These look gorgeous! I never get the covers right... yours look nicely browned and cripsy. Nice job...

  14. Perfect snack for a rainy day.Spicy and crispy samosas.Picture makes me hungry.

  15. those samosas looks very delicious, tempting ..lovely photos

  16. Woooow! These look fantastic, I have always wanted to make samosa at home. Thanks for the sweet welcome back comments. It really motivates me girl!

    Your pictures look FANTASTIC. I am super impressed! Going to browse around some more now....


  17. Oh wow what a wonderful samosa... its mouthwatering , even i too make small ones everytime. It has been long time i didnt do it.. after seeing this feel like doing imme.

  18. yummyyy......reminded me i dint make samose for a loong time.......have to start nowww.


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