Baked samosas

I love samosas. They’re probably my favorite appetizer in all of Indian cuisine. And while they’re so delicious, they’re also oily because they’re usually deep fried. I knew there had to be a way to make them so they weren’t as unhealthy and when I saw my new favorite Food Network star prepare them with puff pastry, I knew I had to try it!

I considered using phyllo dough, but the problem I have with that is that it’s too delicate and I thought it might be too hard to roll up. That and they’d be TOO flaky and I’m not big on the flaky. I’m not the biggest fan of Spanikopita, so puff pastry it is!

It took some time to make, but it was well worth it.

Here’s what you’ll need:
•2 sheets puff pastry – let them thaw completely
•2-3 Russet potatoes, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
•1/4 cup frozen peas
•1 teaspoon garam masala
•1 teaspoon cumin seeds
•1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
•1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
•1/2 teaspoon chili powder
•1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
•1/2 tablespoon ginger, grated
•2 tablespoons water
•2 tablespoons olive oil
•Salt to taste

Cut, peel and boil the potatoes until fork tender, then drain them. Return them to the pot and mash them a little. Heat up olive oil in a large, deep skillet and wait for it to heat up. Add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and red pepper flakes and let them heat up in the oil. Add the potatoes and stir well. Add the turmeric, garam masala, chili powder and salt. Grate the ginger over top, then stir and if it looks too dry, you can add the water. Let it cook about 5-8 minutes and then add the frozen peas.

Preheat the oven to 425ºF and spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray.

Once the potato filling has cooled a bit, you’re ready to build the samosas! Roll out one puff pastry sheet and then using a medium-size bowl (about 6 inches in diameter) cut a circle into the pastry sheet. Then cut the circle in half so you have two semi-circles.

Lay one of the semi-circles down so the curved part is nearest you. Water the edges of the puff pastry with your finger (this will help seal it). Take about a tablespoon or so of filling and place in the center of the circle-half. Grab one end and fold it over and then the other end and fold it over that, so it forms a little triangle. Grab the bottom and fold it up so it will help seal it. Seal all the edges and using a fork or your fingers, crimp them so they stay shut.

Continue doing this until you get about 8-10 samosas. You can brush them with an egg wash (1 beaten egg with 1 tablespoon of water), sprinkle with salt on top and then bake for 15 minutes at 425ºF. After 15 minutes, reduce the heat to 375º and bake another 5 minutes.

Serve hot with your favorite chutney (mint and coriander, or tamarind chutneys are my favorite), or eat it plain! Bottom line, is that it’s flaky but not overwhelming, and extremely flavorful and delicious!

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