Potato Samosas

“Potato, the king
Has yet another story line,
One that every Indian knows
And can digest anytime.
Spicy and delectable
Folded in dough,
A celebratory treat
Oh, how we love it so!
It has powers strange
Bringing smiles sweet,
Even makes little bullies
Forget they’re mean.
With a swig of
Chutney red or green,
This most definitely is
Something that life needs.”
For the Pastry
1 cup wholewheat flour (atta)
6 teaspoons vegetable oil
¼ cup warm water
1 teaspoon salt
For the Potato filling
1 medium sized potatoes, boiled, peeled and roughly mashed
1 green chili, chopped
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon coriander powder
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
½ teaspoon dry mango powder (amchoor)
½ teaspoon garam masala
2 teaspoons olive oil
Salt to taste
5-6 tablespoons oil( for frying)
Chat masala for garnishing
Make the Pastry: Mix the flour, oil and salt and work it using your fingers. Knead it for a while, it will be crumbly and will start to come together. Add water little by little, making sure you don’t add too much, and keep kneading till it becomes smooth. Divide into 10-12 parts, and roll out each part into a 2-3 inch round. Fold each round into a semi circle, and then fold the edges in so as to form a cone. Do this with all parts, and keep aside covered with a wet cloth.
Make the filling: Now to make the filling, heat oil in a pan. Add the cumin seeds and stir till they brown and begin to splutter. Add the chilies and dry ingredients and cook on medium flame for a minute or so. Stir in the potatoes, and mix all the ingredients well. Cook on high flame for another few minutes. Remove from heat and keep aside to cool.
Putting it all together: Once cooled, take the pastry cone in one hand and fill with 1 tablespoon of the potato filling. Press it in with your fingers and close the top. Use a little water to stick the dough if it’s too dry. Press down the Samosa a little so as to make it a bit flat as we will be pan-frying it.
Heat 4-5 tablespoons of oil in a pan. Add 3-4 Samosas in and cook till they’re brown on both sides and the pastry is fully cooked.
Sprinkle some chat masala on top and serve hot with green chutney or tomato ketchup. A favorite Indian snack!
PS-You can choose to deep fry the Samosas as well. My calorie monster doesn’t allow me to do so, but they will taste delicious that way too!