Samosas are triangle shaped Indian pastries that are filled with meat or vegetables, or both. The filled pastries are generally deep-fat fried but can also be baked. These pastries are eaten as snacks or appetizers. I’m a BIG fan of Samosas. I and my hubby usually go and get potato stuffed samosas for us all from the Samosa King Embassy Restaurant here, but today I thought of preparing them at home, Hyderabadi style.
This non-veg version of Samosas are my favorite,, which I prepare occasionally at home. I will also post the recipe of Aloo/Potato Samosas very soon in the coming days. I remember the wonderful aromas of all kinds of snacks and appetizers and the fast foods… tempting us to stop by from the road side stalls on the way home from College back in India. My Mom also used to make these samosas in large quantities in the month of Ramadhan, when we all Muslims fast, and at occasions or celebrations. This is my Mom’s recipe, and here it goes:
Qimah Samosa – Spicy Ground Meat Samosas
For the Dough
Wheat Flour (Durum Atta) – 1 cup + Extra flour while rolling the dough
Salt – 1/2 tsp
Canola oil – 2 1/2 tbsp (optional)
Warm Water – 1 cup
For the Filling
Canola Oil – 2tbsp
Yellow Onion – 1, chopped
Ginger-Garlic Paste – 1 1/2 tsp
Coriander seed/Dhaniya powder – 1 tsp
Cumin seed/Zeera Powder – 1 tsp
Tumeric/Haldi powder – 1/2 tsp
Red Chilli powder – 1/8 tsp
Garam Masala powder – 1/2 tsp
Minced Lean Lamb meat – 200 gms
Salt – 1 tsp
Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
Mint leaves – 1 tbsp, finely chopped
Green chilli – 2, small, finely chopped
Canola Oil for deep frying the Samosas.
For the Dough
1. Sift the flour and salt together in a bowl. Rub in oil and gradually add water.
2. Knead and mix the dough, preferebly 10 minutes, until it is soft and leaves the side of the bowl.
3. Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap and keep aside at room temperature for 30 minutes.
For the Filling
4. Pour oil in a heavy bottom pan over medium heat and fry the onion till it changes color. Add the ginger garlic paste and stir fry. Lower the heat and add the cumin, coriander, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt and garam masala powder and mix well. Add the minced meat and stir it well, mashing it against the walls of the pan, with the spoon to prevent it from forming lumps. Add lemon juice, chopped mint leaves, green chilli and stir well. Cover and cook it until the mixture is dry. Remove from heat and let it cool.
5. Now, Lightly knead the rested dough. Divide into 8 balls and press each ball and cover with a plastic wrap.
The Dough Balls
6. Now roll out each ball, one by one, on a lightly floured work surface woth a rolling pin into approx 12 cm circles.
7. Cut each circle into semi circles and brush the edges with water.
8. Put a generous teaspoon of the filling on one half of the semi circle and fold the free half over the filling to form a triangle.
9. Press the edges firmly to seal.
10. Fold until all the samosas are ready.
Prepared Samosas ready for frying
11. Heat oil in a wok or kadai or a deep, heavy bottomed sauce pan until it begins to sizzle.
12. Fry the Samosas, a few at a time, on medium heat, gently, until they are golden brown in colour.
13. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on absorbent paper. The Samosas are ready to be served.
To Bake the Samosa:
After step 10, place the samosas in a greased or non-stick baking tray. Bake in a pre-heated 220° C oven for 20 minutes or until light brown in color. Serve immediately
This recipe goes as a contribution to Hima for the event ‘Whats Your Favourite..’ she is holding. For this time, the theme is ‘Whats your favourite Snack’. I’m sure her inbox will soon be overflowing with lots of snacks. So, it will a snack party at Hima’s place in the month of September. Be sure to drop by at here place! Eagerly and impatiently waiting for the round up Hima.
These Samosas make great Snacks, or you also serve them as Appetizers. Enjoy.