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Samosas: Hip street food made at home

September 28, 2009

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In India, samosas are the quintessential street food. They typically are filled with meat or vegetables or both. A sweet and spicy dipping sauce is the perfect complement to this deep-fried food.

To speed up this recipe, skip the dough and substitute purchased wonton wrappers (available in the produce section at most grocers). Use a large round cookie cutter to trim the wrappers into circles.

Potato and Pea Samosas

For the dough:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

5 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter), room temperature

1/2 to 1 cup ice water

For the sauce:

3 tablespoons garlic jelly

2 tablespoons lime juice

2 tablespoons water

1/2 tablespoon hot sauce

For the filling:

1 tablespoon black mustard seeds

1 tablespoon yellow mustard seeds

1 tablespoon ghee

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon garam masala

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4-inch piece fresh ginger, grated

6 medium potatoes, boiled, peeled and cut into 1/3-inch cubes

1 cup peas, steamed

Salt, to taste

Vegetable oil, for frying

To make the dough, in a food processor combine the flour and salt. Pulse several times. Add the ghee and pulse until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs. With the processor running, drizzle in enough water to form a dough that is soft and elastic.

Transfer the dough to a bowl, cover and let rest for 1 hour.

Meanwhile, prepare the sauce. In a small bowl, whisk together the jelly, lime juice, water and hot sauce. Set aside. If desired, the sauce can be heated briefly just before serving.

To make the filling, in a large saute pan over low, toast both mustard seeds. Once the seeds begin to pop in the pan, add the ghee, turmeric, garam masala, pepper and ginger. Saute for 2 minutes, then add the potatoes.

Remove the pan from heat, then stir in the peas and season with salt. Set aside.

When the dough is ready, shape it into a log and cut it into 16 pieces. On a lightly floured surface, roll each piece into a 5-inch circle. Use a finger dipped in water to moisten the edges.

Place 1 to 2 tablespoons of the potato mixture in the center of each circle, then fold the edges together to form a half-circle. Use a fork to crimp and seal the edges.

In a large, heavy saucepan over medium-high, heat 2 inches of oil to 300 F. Working in batches, add the samosas and fry until golden, about 3 to 4 minutes, using a spoon to turn them as needed in the oil.

Transfer the samosas to paper towels to drain. Serve with the dipping sauce. Serves 4.

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