Baked Samosas (gluten-free or not)

Baked SamosasSamosas are really supposed to be deep-fried and they are also supposed to be in a little triangular pouch.  My version is baked and they are in a half circle (like an empanada), but they are still delicious.  Baked samosas stay yummy for a few days where as anything deep-fried needs to be eaten right away.  You can fill these samosas with turkey keemaspiced cabbage with fennel seeds or the a spicy potato mixture (recipe below).  We made potato samosas for our Indian buffet wedding welcome dinner….or rather our friends made them for us.  There were some fabulous pastry chefs in attendance and one family friend who gave excellent tutorials anyone who hadn’t done it before.Two generations of baking talent

Two generations of baking talent

SPICY POTATO FILLING

This is not an exact science!  Play around with the seasonings until it is delicious to you!  Our friend Bethany did this at the wedding.  I asked her to do all of the recipes that I did not have specific quantities for because she is (rightly) confident in her palette and isn’t afraid to season things.  I didn’t even give her this recipe.  I just handed her a pile of ingredients and said “make a yummy potato filling”  and she did.

  • One large potato for every three baked samosas
  • jalepeno peppers (optional)
  • ginger (optional)
  • garlic (optional)
  • onion (optionl)
  • cumin seed (optional)
  • butter or ghee
  • garam masala or madras curry powder (see note)
  • lemon juice
  • salt
  • green peas
NOTE-  Madras curry powder is sort of like the yellow curry powder that is commonly available, only better tasting.  You can get it in Indian stores.  Don’t  be frightened by the quantity!  You will end up using it!  Garam Masala on the other hand should be made fresh at home.  It is really not the difficult to do and it will make your whole house smell good.  Either Garam Masala or curry powder is good in my opinion, but they are totally different from one another.  To my palate Garam Masala is aromatic and complicated, whereas curry powder is tasty and comforting.
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. While the water boils, scrub the potatoes and cut them into quarters.
  3. Boil the potatoes until they are tender.
  4. If you are using jalepenos, ginger, onion or garlic you should mince them as fine as possible while you are waiting for the potatoes to cook.
  5. Heat a generous amount of butter or ghee in a skillet.  Add the cumin seeds (if you are using them and allow them to darken a bit and pop (a minute or two tops).  Add the minced jalepenos, ginger, onion and garlic (if you are using any) and saute over medium high heat just for a few minutes.  Salt the mixture generously.  It should taste much too salty because once you add it to the potatoes the salt will be dampened.
  6. When the potatoes  are cool enough slip them out of their skins and mash them.
  7. Add your saute and all of the oil from the pan to the potatoes and combine thoroghly.
  8. Taste and adjust the seasoning with more salt (if needed), lemon juice and garam masala or madras curry powder.
  9. Finally, add the green peas.
DOUGH FOR BAKED SAMOSAS
You can actually use this dough to make all kinds of dough pouches of yumminess.  The recipe below is not gluten-free.  For instructions on making gluten-free baked samosa dough visit the gluten-free empanadas post .
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 Tablespoons cold unsalted butter
  • 1/3- 1/2 cup ice  water
  • keema, cabbage or potato filling
  • 1 egg whisked with 2 tablespoons of cold water
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. I put 1/2 cup water in a metal container in the freezer so that it is very cold by the time I need it.
  3. Combine the flour and salt in a mixing bowl.
  4. Cut the cold butter into the flour in at least 12 chunks.
  5. Use your fingers to cut the butter into the flour until it is the consistency of very coarse cornmeal with some pea sized chunks of butter remaining.
  6. Add the ice water gradually, stirring the dough with a fork.  Add just enough water to make the dough form into a dry ball.  The amount of water will vary depending on how dry your flour is.
  7. Roll the dough out on a clean floured surface.  It should be 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick.
  8. I use a small glass bowl as a cutter.  I that a large juice glass would work too, although your samosas will be smaller.  Transfer the circles of dough to a baking sheet.Helena and Miguel make Samosas
  9. Place a spoonful of filling in the center of the dough circle .  Fold the circle over and then fold the half circle edge back, pressing it together to make a rippled crust.  Sometimes it helps to wet the edge of the circle  to make it stick.Samosas in Process
  10. Repeat with all of the dough circles.  Brush them with egg wash and bake them at 350 degrees until they are golden brown (15-20 minutes).

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This is a blog run by two sisters. Erin is the big sister who lives in New York, and Silvi is the little sister who lives in Vancouver. They both love to cook! They created this blog to share and store recipes for the food they make.

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  11. Hello there! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my old room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this write-up to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!

  12. Not only do these look scrumptious, they are decorative too! I love the decorative hearts it has inspired me to be more creative when i bake!

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