Sunday, March 31, 2013

Punjabi Samosa -Stepwise pictures - Blogging marathon # 27

     Today is day 1 of blogging marathon.And I am going to post dishes made for several occasions for the next 8 days.The occasions can be ,wedding,birthday,kitty party or anything.Today I am posting Punjabi samosa recipe. Samosas are prepared for any party .Birthday parties will not complete without these cuties.Though I have tried several recipes for these samosas,  Chef Harpal Singh's recipe was very apt for the filling. This post is dedicated to my friend Pooja,who is in India.The reason for my samosa preparation is she. She prepared and gave me a very tasty tamarind - Dates chutney along with these cute plates to convery her love to me, when she started to India for good.So prepared these samosas and displayed with the tamarind chutney on her lovely plates.
 
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Ingredients :
For the outer cover:
1.All purpose flour          -         2 1/2 cup
2.Ajwain  (omam)           -          1/2 tsp
3. water                            -          as required
4.Oil                                 -           4 tbsp. or ghee
5.Salt                                -           1/4 tsp



For the filling:
1.Boiled potatoes             -            4 (medium)
1.a. Onion                         -             1/2 (optional )
2.Grated ginger                -             1 tsp
3.Cumin seeds                  -             1/2 tsp
4.Turmeric powder           -              1/4 tsp
5.Curry powder                 -               1 tsp
6.Garam masala pwdr       -              1/2 tsp
7.Chaat masala                  -             1/2 tsp
8.Coriander seeds              -              1 tsp
9.Salt                                 -              to taste
10.Oil                                 -             2 tbsp.
11.Cilantro                         -             for garnishing
12.Peas                               -             1/2 cup
13.Fried cashews                -             1 tbsp

Method:
 Preparing the dough:
* Take a mixing bowl,add flour salt and ajwain seeds.Mix it well.Add oil to the flour and crumble the dough.Slowly add luke warm water to the flour and form a medium textured dough,that is,it should be non sticky yet firm dough. .It should not be too firm or too soft dough. If it is too firm ,then the samosas will become hard.If it so soft,then the samosa may get torned and sticky while rolling the dough.Let the dough rest for atleast 20 minutes .Cover the dough with a damp cloth.

Preparing the filling:
* While the dough is resting, prepare the filling.Take a pan,add oil splutter with cumin seeds ,now add the chopped ginger and stir it.(If you want to add chopped onion,then you can add them now)
Give it a toss and add turmeric  pwdr ,curry powder,garam masala pwdr ,chaat masala pwdr and toss it.Now add the boiled and mashed potatoes,peas into the pan.

* When the raw smell of the masala ,gets vanishes,add salt to the potatoes.Simultanouesly,take another pan,dry roast the coriander seeds ,till golden brown.Crush them and add it directly to the
potato mixture. We can also add some roasted cashews to the micture .Mix it well.This step is very much essential in getting restaurant style samosa filling.
Rest the filling,till it is cooled off.


Assembling the samosa:
* Take the dough and divide into equal sized balls.They should be like big lemon sized dough.Because ,we are going to make two samosa out of one single dough. Divide the filling with respective to the number of samosas ,we are going to make.


* Take a rolling pin,roll the dough into oblong shaped rotis.The thickness should be tmedium ,approximately 1/2 inch.Divide the roti into two .equal sized triangles.Wet the the triangle with water in all the sides .

Take a spoon full of filling and place it in the middle. Start from the wide side of the samosa,fold towards inside.Take the other end and press it against the first one.

* Now,we would have got a cone .Slightly,press the filling inside the cone.Now our cone is stuffed with the filling very well.Fold the back of the samosa as shown in the picture.This acts like a back bone to the samosa and makes it sit ,without falling.

Now seal the edges ,by pressing them.Trim the unwanted edges of the samosa,using a sharp knife.Adjust the shape of the samosa.Make these samosa ready and cover them with a damp cloth,if not the samosas will become hard and dry.

* Heat oil in a wide pan.Let the oil be medium hot.We can check the consistency,by dropping a pinch of dough into the dough.It should wait for a second and should come up ,with sizzling sound.This is the right consistency.Now drop the samosas in batches and fry them slowly for atleast 6 to 7 minutes
 
or until the samosas are golden brown.Don't fry the samosas in hot oil,then the samosas will get cooked just outside and the inner side will be still un cooked.Drain the excess oil,by placing the samosas in paper towels.Serve them with green chutney,tamarind chutney or ketch up.The recipe for tamarind chutney is here. The alteration ,we can do here is,just add some chopped dates and cook the sauce .The recipe for green chutney is here 
 
 

34 comments:

Asiya Omar said...

Nice explanation with step by step pics.Looks delicious and tempting..

Chandrani Banerjee said...

Crunchy and yummy tea time samosa. Beautiful click.


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Shanavi said...

Simply delicious and good effort de..Pass me some Sams here..

Kalpana Sareesh said...

they r so cutely packed up..

Sona - Quick Picks said...

love the crispness of the samosas!

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

wow perfectly made samosa,loved to grab it from the screen...the clicks are amazing dear!!!

Veena Theagarajan said...

great anytime snack

Julie said...

looks too tempting & delish!!

Maha Gadde said...

cant waste time 2 appreciate..nice step wise cliks n lip smacking samosas..

Shanthi said...

very cute samosas..i love the last click...

Preeti Garg said...

Wow... so crunchy and tasty street food

Suchi Sm said...

Yummy samosas..

vaishali sabnani said...

I like the addition of onions in the stuffing, which is very unusual in Punjabi samosa, love the crockery and presentation too..real good job!

The Pumpkin Farm said...

yummy samosas and what beautiful piece of crockery to go along , thanks for recipe

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi said...

I like the coriander seeds in the samosas! the last picture is too good.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

Very lovely presentation and love your explanation :)

Suma Gandlur said...

Yummy ones for any party as you mentioned.

Priya Suresh said...

Your samosas looks like puffy pillows Savi,very attractive they are.

divya said...

Just mouthwatering...looks yummy & delicious!

Saras said...

Awesome starter.. perfect for any party

Gayathri Kumar said...

Super cute and inviting samosas. Awesome snaps too...

Padmajha PJ said...

Nice clicks and the samosas look yum...

Srivalli said...

Who wouldn't love this!..looks so good Savitha..and the plating is very well done as well..

veena krishnakumar said...

Perfect samosas. The pictorial will be helpful to many....looks lovely

Nalini's Kitchen said...

perfectly made samosas,mouthwatering recipe...the platter is so cute..

Pallavi Purani said...

Exactly how my mom makes it. :) Beautiful recipe.

Rajani S said...

Nice detailed clicks! And the samosa looks perfect - just perfect!

Manju said...

Tempting samosas savitha, love your chutney bowl cute, nice presentation too.

Anonymous said...

Hi Savitha greetings from Malaysia. Although Im a Punjabi I have only attempted to make samosas once, and it was a flop! I think my folding technique was wrong and they opened up while frying. I ditched the pastry and used the aloo filling for sandwiches. I feel your tip for making a fold at the back of cone is the right way, so Im going to attempt again with your recipe. Hope it works this time, wish me luck!
Thankyou for sharing your lovely recipes, as my family loves Tamilian food. Made your curd rice yesterday, and my granson and I wiped the plates clean! God Bless and have alovely day, Mrs Singh, Malaysia!

Savitha Ganesan said...

Thank you very much Aunty .Sure you will love this samosas.Thank you for trying my curd rice.

Pavani N said...

Perfectly made samosas. Crispy and delicious b

Mehul Teli said...

I am a fan of your tamarind chutney. And i complete loved the samosas. I normally prepare samosas in my new Prestige Air fryer as this is almost oil free, and my family being very health conscious, this allows us to enjoy samosas guilt free.

Apsara said...

very nice article. I loved your Punjabi Samosa Recipe . Hey instead of aloo can i use something else?

you are a great chef. it can be eaten up with homemade tomato chutney?

Savitha Ganesan said...

You can alter the filling, using onion, paneer or anything. You can try any chutney.

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