Simple Samosa Recipe
My simple samosa recipe came about because I’m not that keen on making pastry. I don’t have the patience for a lot of the recipes, you know the ones where you have to chill it for hours, that kind of thing. So, I’m always looking for ways to make the pastry part of baking as easy as I can. One of my favourite ways is to swap various sorts of pastry for ready-made filo. Not only is this a easier option, but a healthier one too as it has less fat (relatively).
This is a great snack to have as part of a curry based meal, or it has proven a firm favourite when friends gather for beers to watch various sporting events.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Time to Build the Samosa’s : 30 minutes
Baking Time: 15 to 20 minutes
Ingredients for about 25 to 30 Samosa’s
2 x tbsp of sunflower oil
6 x spring onions chopped finely
1 x tbsp of honey
2 x tsp tomato purée
400gr / 14 oz. of potatoes, boiled, cooled and crushed roughly with a fork
2 x tsps garam masala
2 x tsps ground turmeric
1 x tsp ground coriander
1 x tsp chili powder (more if you want it hotter)
200gr / 7 oz. frozen peas (de-frosted) or of course you can use fresh
4 large sheets of filo pastry (or about 400 to 500gr / approximately 1lb)
Sesame Seeds or poppy seeds to decorate.
Salt to taste.
- Heat the oven to 220°C.
- Line a roasting tray (s) with baking paper.
- Heat half of the oil in a non-stick pan and add the onions, cooking on a medium heat for a few minutes.
- Add the spices allowing it cook through for a minute of minutes, add the honey and tomato puree and mix through.
- Then add the potatoes and the peas mixing them through the curry spice until covered. You may need to mash a little to get a paste sort of consistency. If you find it a bit dry, just add a little water, a few drops only though, about a tbsp or so.
- Check for seasoning and adjust if needed, remove from the heat and set aside.
- Cut a sheet of filo into 4 strips or strips of about 5cm / 2in. depending on the size of your filo sheets.
- Brush each strip of filo around the edges with a little oil.
- Place about a tbsp spoon or so at the bottom end of one or your filo strips, slightly to the left corner.
- Taking the area where you have placed the filling, lift it and fold it to meet the other edge at the bottom of the strip at a diagonal, giving you a triangle shape. Repeat this process from left to right until you reach the end of your strip of filo
- Repeat until you have used your mix, brush with a little oil, sprinkle with seeds is you wish and place roasting tray and then into the oven.
- Place each samosa onto your lined baking sheet.
- Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes or until they are nice and brown
Tips and Variations
- Serve with some sweet chili dip sauce or some mango chutney.
- For a meaty version try with minced beef or lamb instead of potatoes, or even as well as.
- The filo is pre-bought and I find it in the freezer area of the supermarket – but you can also try Turkish shops.
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