As delicious as these are, nothing can beat the allure of the classic, deep fried and peas-potato stuffed Punjabi samosa.
In Delhi and Punjab, potatoes alone or a combination of peas and potatoes are common – where the potatoes or peas are not crushed or mashed. The potato cubes are cooked perfectly but in shape with a few green chilli pieces in the filing.
There is a some sourness in this stuffing as dry mango powder or dry pomegranate powder are added. A few more spices are added as well. A variation with mix vegetables is also made. Veggies like peas, carrots, cauliflower and potatoes are added.
Let me know in the comments how was it? I am sure you will love it.
Do try out with the green chutney or tamarind sauce.
In the making
So yum -Correct
Ingredients for Cooking
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (maida),
- 1 tsp carom seeds
- 1 tsp salt or add as required
- 1 tsp ghee
- Water add as required
- ½ tsp cumin seeds for making dough
- 1 tsp finely chopped ginger or 1 inch ginger
- 2 tsp finely chopped green chillies
- ½ tsp red chili powder or cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp asafoetida optional
- 2 tsp dry mango powder
- salt as required
- 1 cup coriander leaves
- oil for deep frying
- ½ inch cinnamon
- 1 clove – optional
- 3 black peppercorns
- 4 Potatoes Boiled
- 1 cup boiled peas
- 1 green cardamom
- ½ tsp cumin seeds for masala
- ½ tsp fennel seeds
- 2 tsp coriander seeds
Making of Samosa
- To cook the potatoes On top of the potatoes (pressure cooker-safe ) bowl with ½ cup green peas. Pressure cook for 5 to 6 whistles or 7 to 8 minutes on medium to medium-high flame.
- To a small frying pan over low heat add ½ inch cinnamon stick, 1 clove (optional), 1 green cardamom, 3 black peppercorns, ½ teaspoon cumin seeds, ½ teaspoon fennel seeds and 2 teaspoon coriander seeds.
- Remove the spices from the heat and allow to cool completely. Then, put them in a spice grinder or small mixer-grinder jar.
- Grind the toasted spices to a semi-fine powder, and set aside.
- Mix 2 teaspoons ground coriander (coriander powder), ½ teaspoon ground cumin (cumin powder), ½ teaspoon ground fennel (fennel powder) and ½ teaspoon garam masala powder in a small bowl.
- Peel the skin off of the cooked potatoes, chop them in ½ to 1 inch cubes. Add peas.
- In a small skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil. When the oil becomes medium hot then reduce the heat to low.
- Crackle ½ teaspoon cumin seeds until fragrant.
- Keep the heat on low and add 1 teaspoon finely chopped or minced ginger and 2 teaspoons finely chopped green chillies. Sauté for a few seconds until the raw aroma of ginger goes away.Now you can switch off the flame or keep flame to a low. Then add the cooked green peas, ½ teaspoon red chilli powder, 1 pinch of asafoetida (hing), the dry ground spice mix that we made and 1 to 2 teaspoons dry mango powder (amchur).
- Next add potato cubes, salt as required and 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (also known as cilantro) to the skillet. Mix very well and sauté for a minute
- For The Dough:
- In a large mixing bowl combine 2 cups all-purpose flour (250 grams), 1 teaspoon carom seeds, 1 teaspoon salt and 6 tablespoons ghee (50 grams).
- add in 7 to 8 tablespoons water in parts and knead. You can add 1 to 2 tablespoons extra water if needed if the dough looks floury or dry.
- Continue kneading to form a firm, tight dough. It should not be soft or sticky. Cover the samosa dough with a moist kitchen towel and let rest for 30 minutes.
- Roll it with a rolling pin, being mindful to keep the thickness even at 1 mm and not too thin.
- Cut the with a knife or a pastry cutter, right through the center of the samosa pastry.
- Carefully spoon and lightly pack the prepared potato and pea stuffing into the samosa cone. Make sure to not over or under-fill to prevent the samosa from bursting during the frying process. Heat the oil for deep frying in a kadai or pan. Test the oil by adding a small piece of dough – it should come up quickly if the oil is hot enough for frying. or else use Air fryer which i did !
- If you have an air fryer then do try making samosa in it. You will be pleasantly surprised with the texture of the air fried samosa. They do taste similar to the fried samosa, minus the extra oil. For air-frying, preheat air fryer at 180 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes. Brush aloo samosa with oil and air fry at 180 degrees Celsius till the samosa are golden.
- A soft samosa dough will make air pockets happen on the crust. Too much moisture in the dough makes the crust soft as well as gives it plenty of air pockets.