Samosas (Moosewood)

READY IN: 40mins




  • Filling:
  • Heat butter in heavy skillet.
  • Add garlic, ginger, onion, salt and mustard seeds.
  • Saute 6-8 minutes, or till onion is soft and clear.
  • Combine all ingredients, except peas, and mix well.
  • Fold in peas last, taking care not to smash them.
  • Pastry:
  • Sift together flour and salt.
  • Add melted butter, yogurt and enough water to make a stiff dough.
  • Knead till smooth and elastic.
  • Roll out very thin (1/4 inch) on a floured board and cut into 4 inch circles.
  • Keep rolling and cutting till you've used all the dough.
  • Place a Tablespoon of filling (approximately) in the center of each circle, leaving edges free.
  • Brush edges with a little water, fold over and seal by pressing with a fork.
  • Heat a 3-inch pool of oil (vegetable, canola, or peanut oil) in a heavy skillet to about 365 degrees.
  • Make sure the oil is hot enough (it should bounce a drop of water on contact).
  • Fry samosas till golden.
  • Drain well and serve. Excellent with chutneys and raitas.