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Friday, November 17, 2017

Quick Samosa Baskets


Holiday season always makes me cook new, yet quick goodies. So when I decided to make something quick nothing else came in my mind other than these Samosa Baskets. They are easy to make and loved by all every time I make it. Also this appetizer is very light on your tummy, so you have enough room for the main course J The best part about this recipe is, it is no onion-no garlic recipe so you can make it on any day.

Ingredients:

For Filling:

  1. Boiled potatoes: 4-5 (Medium, roughly mashed by hand) 
  2. Green Peas: 1 Cup 
  3. Green Chilies: 2-3 finely chopped 
  4. Cumin: 3-4 Tbsp. 
  5. Grated Ginger: 3-4 Tbsp. (roughly 2-3 inches) 
  6. Garam Masala: 1 Tsp. 
  7. Red Chili Powder: 1 Tbsp. 
  8. Chat Masala: 1 Tbsp. 
  9. Amchur Powder (Dry Mango Powder): 1 ½ Tbsp. 
  10. Anardana Powder: 1 Tbsp. (Optional)   
  11. Cilantro: ½ cup (finely chopped)
  12. Salt: To Taste
  13. Vegetable Oil: 3-4 Tbsp. 
  14. Date and Tamarind chutney: ¼ Cup
  15. Shev: ½ Cup (optional)
For basket:
  1. Ready-made Fillo Shells: 24 * See attached picture and notes.
Method:
  1. Take a bowl and roughly mash the potatoes by hand. Don’t mash is by masher, we need uneven pieces of potatoes. 
  2. Put Chat masala, amchur powder, anardana powder (optional) and salt to taste to the potatoes. 
  3. Now take oil in a wok or kadhai and put lots of cumin seeds. Let it splutter. 
  4. Start putting other ingredients like green chilies, grated ginger and green peas. Let it cook properly. 
  5. Add red chili powder and garam masala. Let the spices cook and let the raw smell go from it. 
  6. Now add potato mixture to it and stir nicely. Everything should be well incorporated in each other. 
  7. At this time you may want to add a little more oil and/ or 2-3 Tbsp. of oil if you feel the mixture is too dry. 
  8. Add half the quantity of cilantro and stir well.
  9. Put a lid for couple of minutes and let the mixture cook. 
  10. Once the filling is done, take it out in a bowl and let it cool down completely. 
  11. Now take a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper or silver foil. 
  12. Pre heat the oven on 350 Degree Fahrenheit. 
  13. Put the pre-made fillo cups on the baking sheet. 
  14. Bake them for 10 minutes or as per instructions on the packet. 
  15. Take them out of oven and now start assembling the cups with samosa filling. 
  16. Fill each cup with 1-2 Tbsp. of samosa filling. 
  17. Put it in the oven again for 10-12 minutes at 350F or till the filling it hot again. 
  18. Take it out and put it on serving tray. Garnish it with cilantro.
  19. Give date-tamarind chutney and shev on the side. 
  20. The yummilicious appetizer is ready. 
Notes:
  1. During holiday season you get fillo cups easily in any local grocery store. I bought mine from Giant. 
  2. If you don’t find fillo shells or cups in your local grocery store, then just buy puff pastry sheets. Thaw it completely and cut it in squares. 
  3. Put it in muffin pans and bake it according to the instructions on the packet. This way you will get the cups/ baskets ready.   
  4. You may want to make chole and serve it as chole chat along with some bitten yogurt.
  5. Please do not reheat in the microwave, the baskets will become soggy. If you need to reheat then do it in the over at 250F for 10-12 minutes.  
I’m sure all your family members and friends will love and appreciate your creativity. Happy Holidays and Happy Cooking all of you :) 

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