with Meat Filling
favorite all across India. Although this Samosa recipe may not be
original to South India, it can be very easily found with only a few
minutes walk in any city in the south. Samosas are a light pastry
filled with a savory filling like vegetables or meat. Once you have
tried the basic samosa recipe have fun creating fillings to suit your
taste. This can be served as light snack or an appetizer. It is often
served hot with a mint, tomato or tamarind chutney.
1 1/4 cup plain flour
1/2 tsp Baking Powder (opt)
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons butter or Ghee (clarified butter)
1/2 cup water
1/2 lb. Ground meat (either lamb or beef)
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 whole cardamom pods
1 medium onion cut into small dice
2 tablespoons oil or ghee
1 garlic clove, crushed
1-2 tsp ginger paste
1 Tbsp curry powder (see note)
Salt and Pepper to taste
For the pastry:
Sift the flour,
powder (if you are using it) and work in the butter or Ghee. Add in
half the water and mix to make a soft dough. Add the rest if you need
to. Kneed the dough until it is soft and pliable. Roll out the dough to
about a 1/4 inch and cut out in circles. Moisten the edges with water;
put the filling in the center and fold into a triangle.
oil to 350 and cook the samosas until golden brown. Drain on paper
towels. Serve with Mint or Tamarind chutney. If you prefer baking,
place the samosas on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake at 400 for
about 20 minutes or until golden brown. If you bake, the texture of the
outside will not be as crispy as it should.
For the Filling:
Brown the meat
oil in a skillet or frying pan and add cumin seeds and cardamom pods
and cook for one minute. Add the onions and cook until translucent.
Reduce the heat and add the garlic and ginger paste. Fry for 2-3
minutes. Add curry powder and 3 more minutes so that the flavors are
incorporated. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
In Southern India, cooks would generally not use a prepackaged curry
powder for a samosa recipe. Curry is really a mixture of spices and
they usually would mix their own for each dish. I prefer to use a
Madras Curry powder. You can often find Madras Curry powder locally, if
you prefer, you
can buy it online here.
Here is a samosa recipe with a vegetable