- 2 cups Maida
- ¼ cup Ghee clarified butter
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- ½ cup Water + a few tablespoons extra, if required
- 2 tablespoons Oil
- 1 teaspoon Coriander Seeds
- ½ teaspoon Saunf fennel seeds
- A pinch of Methi Seeds fenugreek seeds
- 1 tablespoon Ginger Paste freshly ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Paste freshly ground garlic
- 1 teaspoon Green Chillies or Jalapeno (chopped)
- 2 teaspoons Red Chilli Powder
- 2 tablespoons Coriander Powder
- 3/4 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
- 1 tablespoon Raw Mango Powder Amchoor
- 1/2 teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
- 3 Potatoes boiled, peeled and mashed (large, approx 360 grams)
- 6-7 Curry Leaves finely chopped
- Salt to taste
To start making the samosa dough or pastry, mix together flour and salt and add ghee. Rub the ghee with the flour till it resembles bread crumbs. Start by adding 1/2 cup water and knead it into a firm dough. You may need a few extra teaspoons of water but add as you go. The consistency of the dough should be stiff. Don't over knead it. Its normal to see a few cracks and dimples. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and set aside while you make the filling.
Heat oil in a pan. While the oil is heating, crush the coriander seeds, saunf (fennel seeds) and methi (fenugreek seeds) roughly and add it to the pan. Fry the spices till aromatic but be careful not to burn them. Add ginger, garlic and green chilies and stir fry for a minute or two. Add the remaining spices, mashed boiled potatoes and salt. I like to use a potato masher to just mash everything together and then mix it. Add the curry leaves right at the end, give it one more good mix and then set the mixture aside to cool.
Wrapping the samosas:
Take a lime sized bowl of dough, roll it between your palms till smooth and dust it with flour. Roll it out into a circle which is less than 1 mm thickness and about 6 inches in diameter. Cut the rolled dough in half. Pick up one half and brush it with a little water along the straight edge of the pastry.
Now take one edge of the straight side, and place it on the other edge of the straight side in such a way that the dough forms into a cone (watch the video for more clarity). Pinch the corner of the cone so that its sealed. Place a tablespoon and a half of the filling in the cone, making sure to fill it only 3/4th of the way. Brush the inside of the unfilled dough with a little water and seal it by pinching the edge together. Repeat till all the dough is used up. Place the samosas on a greased tray making sure they don't touch each either and cover them with a damp cloth.
Heat about 2 inches oil in a pan. To test if the oil is hot enough, add a tiny piece of dough to the oil and if it bubbles and floats slowly to the surface, your oil is ready for frying. Add the samosas to the oil making sure not to overcrowd the pan, and reduce the flame to a simmer. Fry the samosas on a low flame till golden brown on both side. It's important to fry them on a low flame, or the pastry would be raw from the inside and golden brown on the outside. They take 15-20 minutes to fry. Take them out on a plate lined with paper to absorb any extra oil and serve them immediately with ketchup, coriander chutney or tamarind chutney.
Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 126mg | Potassium: 154mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 94IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg