Matar/Green peas Samosas
Samosa : A samosa /səˈmoʊsə/ or samoosa is a fried or baked pastry with savory filling, such as spiced potatoes, onions, peas, lentils and also with ground meat. They may or may not also contain pine nuts. The samosa originated in the Middle East (where it is known as sambosa) prior to the 10th century. Its size and consistency may vary, but typically it is distinctly triangular or tetrahedral in shape. Indian samosas are usually vegetarian, and often accompanied by a mint sauce or chutney. Vegetarian samosas originated in Uttar Pradesh. Samosas are a popular entree appetizer or snack in the local cuisines of Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, Central Asia and Southwest Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, the Mediterranean, the Horn of Africa and North Africa. Due to cultural diffusion and emigration from these areas, samosas are today also prepared in other regions. Alternative names : Samsa, somsa, sambosak, sambusa, samoosa, singada, samuza, somasi, somaas
Hi friends! Here is the recipe of a crispy and spicy, yummy Indian snack which is crisp and filled with peas and spices.
Preparation time: 10 minutes.
Cooking time: 20-25 minutes
Cuisine : Indian
Course : Savory Snack
For Pastry/ dough
- 1 cup all-purpose flour/ Maida
- 1 tbsp Semolina /sooji
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 1/2 tsp Ajwain/ Carom seeds
- 1/2 tsp salt or / salt to taste
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 200 gms frozen green peas, boiled
- 1 tbsp coriander powder
- 1/2 tsp red chili powder
- 1 tsp dry mango powder /amchoor
- 1/4 tsp garam masala
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1/2 tsp salt or/ to taste
- 8-9 cashew nuts, coarsely ground
For pastry/ dough
In a bowl mix all-purpose flour/ Maida, Semolina /sooji, salt, ajwain /carom seeds, oil and mix well. Gradually add warm water to make a soft dough (adding water as much required).
Knead the dough well to make it smooth and pliable.Cover the dough and keep aside for ten minutes.
In a pressure cooker take green peas add 1/4 cup of water. On a high flame, when full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. When pressure cooker cools down to room temperature, open the lid and drain the water take out the peas in a bowl. keep the peas aside.
Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat, and put the coriander powder, chili powder, dry mango powder/ amchoor, gram masala, cashew nuts and salt. Saute for few seconds add green peas mix, stir fry and mash the peas to get a coarse mixture. Cook on low flame for about 5-8 minutes. Switch off the stove.
Let the let the filling cool to room temperature. Keep aside.
For making samosas
Before starting, knead the dough for a few seconds again.
Divide the dough into 6 equal parts and roll each portion of dough with a drop of oil on the rolling board, into a thin flat round shape with about 5 inch diameter.
Cut the rolled dough circle from the center into two halves with kinfe. Make each half into a cone by sticking seam together with a little water. Pinch gently the side of this cone so that it is completely sealed.
Fill the cone with about 1.5 tablespoons of the cooked pea mixture. Press this filling down gently.Close the slightly wet top of the cone edges to form a triangular shape, pinching the top edge to seal it completely.This way fill in all the samosas and keep ready on a tray.
Heat sufficient oil in a wok, kadahi /frying pan on medium heat. To check if oil is hot enough place a tiny piece of dough in oil and if dough come to the surface , oil is ready for frying.
Slide in the samosas in the hot oil one by one carefully,frying a few at a time. Samosas should not overlap in the frying pan.When samosas starts floating on top of the oil, slowly turn them .
Fry the samosas until the samosas are golden-brown on all sides. This should take about 5-6 minutes. Take the Samosas out over a paper kitchen towel for removing extra oil.
Green Pea/ Matar samosas are ready to serve! Serve hot as tea time snack with fresh coriander / dhaniya chutney.
- If you use a high flame for frying, the samosa crust will remain soft and not cook properly.
- Fresh shelled peas can be used too.
- Raw Samosas can be made and refrigerated for two days
- For a healthy snack, take just sufficient oil in the wok, kadahi /frying pan for frying the samosas and discard the used oil after frying.
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