Do you really need an introduction to Samosa😊 If you’ve ever been to an Indian restaurant or Indian friend’s home, great chances that you have already tasted it. Traditionally, samosas are delicious fried pockets stuffed with potatoes, spices and other veggies. These are fried in oil, which makes it crispy, but less healthy. My preferred option is air fryer or bake in the oven. We still get the same taste, crispiness, and it’s a healthier version.
My way of preparing samosa is simple. I try to use ingredients easily available in our pantry. You can sneak in more vegetables and nuts if you like but remember to thinly slice and sauté the veggies a bit, so they do not leave water in the samosa stuffing.
My family really loves a simple stuffing of potatoes and peas, garam masala (our very own curry powder) and a pinch of chili powder. Unbelievably delicious for our taste buds.
So, let’s start with the ingredients:
Serving size: 10
For the Dough
2 cups-All-purpose flour, salt, 1/4 cup-chilled water (helps make a stiff dough), 2 tablespoon heart healthy vegetable oil/melted butter and 1 teaspoon-carom seeds (ajwain) -optional
For the Stuffing
5 Potatoes medium size - boiled and chopped in small cubes, 1 medium size onion thinly sliced, 1 teaspoon-green chili, half cup-sweet green peas, 1 teaspoon crushed ginger, 1 teaspoon garlic, 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon coriander powder, 1 teaspoon cumin powder, 1 teaspoon dry mango powder, 1/2 teaspoon garam masala (curry spice), 1 tablespoon heart healthy oil or melted butter, salt to taste and freshly chopped coriander leaves.
Preparing the stuffing
1. Heat tablespoon of oil in a pan or wok.
2. Add minced ginger, garlic and chopped onions. Sauté it until the onions become translucent and the raw smell goes off.
3. Add thinly sliced green chilies, peas and the spices and mix together and let it sit for one or two minutes.
4. Now add potatoes and mix well.
5. Add the peas and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes and let it sit for another few minutes till the potatoes soak in the aroma from spices.
6. Add coriander leaves and mix well again. Turn off the heat and let the stuffing cool down.
If you want, you may add some ground nuts, raisin and cashews as well.
Making the Dough
1. Pour one tablespoon of oil/melted butter in the flour. Add carrom seeds, salt and water and knead into a smooth dough.
2. Cover the dough and keep aside for 15 mins.
3.Divide the dough into 10 equal portions. Roll out each portion into about 6 inches wide diameter like flat bread.
4. Cut in half and make a cone and fill in the stuffing.
5. Seal the edges by making it little wet with water.
6. Similarly make rest of the samosas and place them on a tray.
7. Generously coat each pocket with oil and arrange them in your air fryer’s basket or baking sheet. Be sure to leave a little room between the pieces and not over crowd it.
8. Air fry or bake at 200 degrees C for 20 minutes or until the samosas are golden brown. Flip the pieces after 10 minutes for cooking evenly.
9. Serve hot with tangy mint and coriander Chutney(sauce)
Why would you love this samosa recipe?
I bought the Air fryer almost 3 years ago. At that time, I had apprehension that I may not use it much. But I could not be more wrong. I have been using my Air fryer at least 2-3 times a week and I am able to enjoy healthier versions of so many dishes that I would not have because they were deep fried. Samosa is one of them.
Air fryer samosas are easy to make and much healthier than the traditional fried versions. They still have a crispy texture but much fewer calories. So happy that I really don’t have to worry about gobbling away this mildly spiced savory flaky – Indian Samosa and I can watch my calories as well. The curry spices increase our immunity and if you also add the veggies and nuts, it will make it more nutritious.
Dunking the hot crispy flaky samosa into coriander-mint chutney(dip), Absolutely Guilt-free!! Just ditch the takeaway for a day and throw the tea party for your family and friends!
Dr. Ruchi, India
Salutation Fitness and Wellness