It's been a while that I made some Indian snack which is so tangy and spicy. I started to miss something in this lockdown situation. I decided to make a samosa. Its love for all of us but I decided to make it even tangier by giving potato filling an "achaari" twist. It's loaded with pickle spice and a good break from regular samosas. Believe you me it's even better.
Samosa is not only famous in India but is also darling of south Asian, middle eastern and African regions. We Indians also have it as breakfast but it's definitely a good entre.
Try giving your samosa a twist by adding pickling spices in the potato filling and it will taste like heaven. It could be served with several dips like Tamarind-onion chutney, green chutney or simply with ketchup. Try not to have it with spicy accompaniment as they will not get along well together.
Let's start the recipe
Achaari Aloo Samosa
Yield: 24 samosa
Total Time: 1-2 hours
All-purpose flour,3 cups
Carom seeds, 1 teaspoon, lightly crushed
Ghee, 1 cup
Water, 125 ml
For Potato Filling
Large potatoes, 3 Boiled and peeled
Mustard Oil,2 tablespoon
Asafoetida, 1 teaspoon
Cumin seeds, 1 teaspoon
Onion seeds, 1 teaspoon
Fennel seeds, 1 teaspoon
Mustard seeds, 1 teaspoon
Green chillies chopped 3-4
Turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon
Red chilli powder, 2 teaspoon
Coriander powder, 2 teaspoon
Cumin powder, 1 teaspoon
Anardana powder, 1 teaspoon
Dry mango powder, 1 teaspoon
Green peas, boiled, 1/2 cup
Fresh coriander, roughly chopped, 1/2 cup
Vegetable Oil for frying
In a mixing bowl take all-purpose flour, salt, carom seeds and ghee. Use hands to mix all the ingredients very nicely. Ghee should be well incorporated in flour so that when bound it should hold. It will be breadcrumbs like consistency.
Add water little by little and knead a semi-hard dough.
Cover it with a damp towel and let it rest for 20 mins.
Potato filling preparation
In a frying pan add mustard oil, let it smoke for a few minutes. Now turn the heat to medium and add cumin seeds, onion seeds, fennel seeds, mustard seeds, asafoetida respectively. Fry for few seconds till aromatic.
Now add green chillies and fry for few seconds. Add boiled potatoes by crushing it with hands.
mix and mash it and fry till the potatoes are lightly toasted.
Now add all dry spices and give it a mix.
Add green peas and salt. Mix it with the rest.
Lastly, add fresh coriander.
Turn off the heat and let it cool down to room temperature.
Take the dough, uncover and knead a little. Make 12 equal balls out of the dough.
Now work with each ball at a time. Take a roundel. Roll it in an elongated shape. It should neither be thick nor too thin.
Cut the samosa pastry from the centre. Now take one of the halves. Fold the straight edge into a half triangle. Apply some water on the straight edge. Now join the other half on the watered edge to make a cone. Press and seal everything properly.
Now add potato filling by pushing it down with a spoon. There must be no gaps in the cone.
Seal the top of the cone by extending the edges and joining them together. You may also make a fold in the centre before joining.
Make samosa sit and keep them in uncovered.
Let them rest for 15-20 minutes before frying.
In a deep frying pan heat vegetable oil on high heat. Before adding samosa to hot oil, turn down the temperature to medium.
On low to medium heat fry 3-5 samosas at a time depending upon the size of your frying wok.
After adding samosa to oil let them be for 1 minute without disturbing it with a ladle.
Now move them in intervals so that they fry evenly.
Fry until they are golden and crispy.
Serve immediately with your favourite dip.
Samosa dough must have little water and dough should be stiff. It's just opposite to the soft chapati dough. Don't add much water. add little by little as needed.
Ghee must be well incorporated in flour. Test it with the binding method. You may hold the flour in your fist if it holds together ghee is well incorporated. If not more ghee is needed.
Don't fill hot potato filling in samosa pastry. Let it cool down at room temperature.
Seal samosa pastry very nicely with the help of water otherwise, they will break in oil.
Rest samosa after shaping it will help in getting a good crust.
Deep fry samosa on low to medium heat. Have patience.
Move them in the wok after frequent intervals.
You could make this recipe vegan by substituting ghee for oil.
You could also bake them at 180-degree celsius for 20-25 mins. It will not get you that deep-fried texture but if you are health conscious you may definitely go with this option.
I hope you enjoy making samosa with your loved ones, rains are about to start in India and come-on we do miss street food in the quarantine.
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