These vegetarian Chinese Potli Samosa Wontons make for a great Indo-Chinese appetizer to serve at parties. They take 45 minutes to come together, are wrapped in the shape of a pouch and taste like a dream when served with a Schezwan sauce.
When KitchenAid India approached me for a recipe that was my favorite from my mum's collection, the first thing that came to mind were these Chinese Potli Samosa Wontons! I remember requesting these every time we had Chinese fare at home because there was some strange joy in having these potli (shape of a pouch) shaped fried wontons. They also remind me so so much of the Chinese samosas that we get at Raipur, which is why the name.
I'm not particularly sure how mum would feel about me calling these Chinese wontons samosas, but the wonton wrappers are inspired by samosas and well, like every Indo Chinese dish Chinese samosas are an amazing invention! Sorry mom, you'll just have to deal with this.
She would serve them in a garlic sauce that was spicy, soupy and so irresistible. The trick was to add them to bubbling sauce just before serving so that the fried wonton covering was still crisp, but just soaking with sauce. It's a fine balance that mum was treading with this recipe, but it always worked. By the time we were served these, the covering would become softer but still hold it's own and the sauce would permeate the insides to make the noodle filling even better.
I don't make these as often because we usually stay away from fried stuff, but when I recreated this recipe for KitchenAid the memories just came rushing back!
These are really simple to make and can you imagine how they'd look when you serve them as snack alongside some schezwan sauce at your next party? Your guests are going to think you labored over these for hours and hours, but in reality these only take 45 minutes from start to finish!
I'm an absolutely fan of spring rolls and fried wontons whenever we order in Chinese but I'm always disappointed by how oily those things are. One bite and I usually just let them go. Since the coating is made at home, it's slightly thicker, more samosa like, and not oily at all.
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My recipe includes a recipe for vegetarian lo mein noodle filling, but you can just as easily add chicken, pork or shrimp to it if you prefer non vegetarian wontons! This recipe is so so adaptable!
Don't forget to make the Schezwan Sauce if you are trying these out because that combination is absolutely 100% legit!
More Chinese Appetisers:
- Chinese Chilli Chicken Dry
- Crunchy Chinese Chicken Salad
- Drums of Heaven
- Crispy Veg Nuggets with Sichuan Sauce
Chinese Potli Samosa Wontons
- Oil for Frying
For the Wonton Wrappers
- 1 cup All Purpose Flour or Maida
- 2 tablespoons Ghee
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ⅓ Cup Water - as required
For the Filling
- Noodles 1 cup, cooked
- 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
- 4 Cloves Garlic finely chopped
- Carrots ½ cup, sliced
- Mushrooms ½ cup, sliced
- Capsicum ¼ cup, sliced
- ½ teaspoon Sriracha Sauce or any other Chilli Sauce
- Soy Sauce 1 teaspoon
- Honey 1 teaspoon
- Vinegar 1 teaspoon
- Salt to taste
- Combine together flour, oil and salt and use your fingers to make a breadcrumb like crumble mixture. Start adding water little by little and knead together till you get a smooth but supple dough. Cover and let it rest for 15 minutes.
- While the dough is resting, make the noodle filling. Heat oil in a pan and saute garlic for a minute. On high flame add carrots and mushrooms and stir fry for 2 minutes. Add the capsicum and cook for another minute. Whisk together all the sauces and add to the pan, along with noodles and salt. Stir fry on high heat for another minute or two and switch off the flame.
- To make the wontons, divide the dough into 8 parts. Roll out each dough into a circle about 2 ½ inches in diameter. Place a tablespoon or so of the filling in the center, and bring the edges together till they are shaped like a potli bag. Repeat till all the wontons are made.
- Heat oil in a large pan or kadhai, and fry the wontons on medium high heat till golden brown from outside, and cooked inside. If your pan is not large enough, fry the wonton in two batches. Serve hot with some schezwan sauce.
- The oil must be at temperature of 170C - 180C for frying.
- Veggies: You can use your favourite veggies in this recipe. That's the beauty of fried rice. I also love using finely chopped broccoli, cabbage, bok choy in this recipe.
- Protein: Minced chicken, lamb or beef all taste great in this recipe. Just cook them before and add them along with the veggies in the recipe.