Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Vegetable Paneer Samosa

                  Samosa is one of the most common and popular snacks in India. They are found everywhere, from small road side stalls to 5-star restaurants. Samosa is the savory comfort food at its best, that goes well on all days, be it a rainy day to a chilly winter evening.
                  Samosas are essentially deep-fried triangular flour pastries stuffed with potatoes. The stuffing can be anything, though traditionally spiced mashed potatoes and peas are used.
                I tried a slightly different version of it, since didn't feel having a whole of potatoes. Also, instead of using the commonly used refined flour, I opted for the whole wheat flour.
                  So here is my recipe, to satisfy that craving with lesser amount of guilt.

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup Refined flour (Maida)
  • 4 tsp Oil
  • 1 cup grated Paneer
  • 1 cup coarsely crushed Green Peas
  • 1/2 cup boiled and mashed potatoes
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped Bell Peppers
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped Onions
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped Cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp Ginger-Chilies paste
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Dry Mango powder (Amchur powder)
  • 2 tsp Garam Masala ( A mixture of spices)
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying
  • Sieve both the flours and mix them
  • Add 2 tsp Oil, salt and water to make a smooth semi-soft dough. Cover with a damp cloth and keep it aside
  • Now, heat 2 tsp oil in a pan. Add Cumin seeds to it.
  • Once the seeds starts to crackle, add the ginger-chili paste, onions, bell peppers and saute it for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add salt and mix it well.
  • Now add the green peas, potatoes, mango powder and garam masala and mix it well.
  • Let it cook for another couple of minutes. Make sure to stir it continuously.
  • Then add cilantro and mix it well and take it off the heat.
  • Now, take the grated paneer in a big bowl. Add the hot mixture and mix it well
  • Now, to make Samosa knead the dough properly and divide into smaller portions.
  • Roll out each portion into a disc. It should be of medium thickness
  • Divide the rolled disc into half. Take each half and shape it into a cone. 
  • Take about 1.5 spoon of mixture and stuff the cone. 

  • Damp the edges of cone with water and seal it properly.

  • Repeat the process with remaining dough
  • Now slide each of these samosas in a pre-heated oil and fry it till they are golden brown.
  • As a healthier alternative, can also bake them for 25 minutes at 400 F in a preheated oven. Make sure to turn them every 10 minutes.
  • Serve with your favorite chutney and/or ketchup

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