the vegetable version of this favorite. This vegetable samosa recipe is
not original to South India but they can be found at snack stands
throughout the South. Samosas are a light pastry filled with a savory
filling like vegetables or meat and deep fried in hot oil. There are
many variations on this vegetable Samosa recipe, so have fun and try
your own creations. This can be served as light snack or an appetizer.
It is often served hot with a mint or tamarind chutney.
1 1/4 cup plain
1 teaspoon salt
tablespoons butter or Ghee (clarified butter)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup peas
oil or ghee
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp mustard
1 medium onion
cut into small dice
1 garlic clove,
1 tsp ginger
1 Tbsp Garam
Masala (see note)
Salt and Pepper
For the pastry:
the flour, add the salt, baking 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:
and cook the potato and cut into medium dice. Heat the oil in a skillet
or fry pan. Once the oil is hot add the cumin and mustard seeds and fry
until they splutter, usually about 2 minutes. Add the onions and cook
until translucent. Add garlic, ginger paste and garam masala. Cook for
about 3 minutes. Add the cilantro, salt and pepper and stir well.
Remove from heat.
Garam masala is a blend of spices that are often added at the end of
the cooking process or on the completed dish. To get the best flavor,
purchase the spices whole, roast them on a dry pan and grind them
yourself in a coffee grinder (that you don’t want to use for
coffee). The ingredients are: 2 2 inch cinnamon sticks, 6 whole cloves,
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns, 4 black cardamom pods (open and use
only the seeds), 5 whole green cardamom pods.
can also buy Garam Masala powder for this vegetable samosa recipe here.