Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Samosas with Tamarind Chutney

This recipe is a work friend's mother's recipe.  I love samosas when I go out to an Indian dinner, but these are even better--baked not fried!  I've made these several times.  Be prepared, it makes a lot!  But I usually end up freezing half of them to satisfy my cravings at a later time.

5 large potatoes
1-1 heaping tsp hot red pepper depending on hot much heat you want
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 lb butter
1 heaping tsp garam masala
1 (10oz.) pkg peas
2 tsp lemon juice
1 large onion
1 1/2 tsp salt

Boil the potatoes until cooked.  Drain the water and put the potatoes into cold water for easy handling.  When cool enough to handle easily, peel the potatoes.  Then in a large bowl, mash the potatoes.  Add the remaining ingredients except for the butter and onion and mix thoroughly.  Chop the large onion finely and saute in the butter until browned.  Then add the potato mixture to the onions.  Mix thoroughly and set aside.

1 pkg. large flour tortillas
4 heaping Tbls all purpose flour
2-3 eggs

Make a paste out of the flour and eggs.  Add water as necessary to form a smooth, but thick paste.  Warm a skillet.  Cut the tortillas in half.  Warm the halves in the skillet, one at a time--only warm, don't cook.  This is done to make the folding process easier.  Once a half is warmed, fold the pointed ends together to form a cone.  Make sure that the bottom is pointed.  Take your paste and "glue" the seam that is on the side to form a cone.  Once it adheres, stuff the cone three-quarters full.  Be careful that the seam doesn't become undone.  Then glue the top.  When done, the stuffing should be sealed. Bake the samosas until lightly browned--400'F oven for 8-10 minutes. (just keep your eye on them til they brown up)

1 cup ketchup
10-15 pureed fresh mint leaves
1 medium chopped onion
1 chopped jalapeno pepper
4 T sugar
2 T tamarind paste
2 T lemon juice
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. red chili pepper flakes

Mix together in a food processor and adjust seasonings to taste.  Do not add any water.

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