Thursday, April 23, 2015

Onion Samosa

Samosa is a popular and favorite snack of India. This snack is originated from central asia, with a presence world wide. This snack is available as deep fried one in the markets but to make it healthy you can bake it too. So here I'm sharing both ways (deep-fried & baked) of making this dish with my one of my favorite fillings. You can make the layer from scratch or can use store bought wonton wraps to make this snack.
I'm not so crazy about these store bought samosa's with the traditional filling, but my favorite one's & those I go crazy for are sold in trains. Yes...I know they aren't made in hygienic conditions & the oil used has no words to explain. They are small in size & the onion filling makes them so tasty.
Filling is the main part of samosa. The classic filling in samosa is made of onions, potatoes & peas. You can play with fillings of your choice & can enjoy this snack. I used onion poha filling in this recipe as it is one my favorites & also a yummy filling.
Prep Time-30mins
Cook Time- 30mins to 40mins
Serves - 12
For filling 
1Onion finely chopped
1/4Cup poha
Few curry leaves
1/4Tsp turmeric
1Tsp red chili powder
2Tbs oil
Salt to taste
For Outer layer 
1Cup all-purpose flour + some flour for dusting
1Tsp lemon juice
Pinch of salt
For flour paste 
2Tbs all-purpose flour
2Tsp water
Onion Filling
- Heat pan with oil. To that add onions & curry leaves. Fry them till onions are translucent.
- Add salt, chili powder & turmeric. Cook for 1min & switch off heat.
- Add poha & mix them well. Balance salt & chili powder if needed.
Making the outer layer
- Mix ingredients under out layer by adding little water at a time & form a smooth dough.
- Cover dough with a wet cloth & allow it to sit for 15mins before making roti's.
- Divide dough in to 6 equal balls. Dust the base where you are rolling the roti with little flour.
- Roll a thin roti out of the dough as seen above & keep aside. Repeat the same with rest of the dough balls.
- Heat a wide pan & allow it to get hot. Now lay a roti on hot pan & cook on both sides till the wetness disappears as seen above.
- Remove from pan & repeat the same with rest of the roti's.
Flour paste
- Mix flour & water to form a smooth paste.
Making Samosa
- Cut roti's into half as seen above. Layer the flour paste to the straight line of roti & fold it to cone shape. Press the edges a little to make sure they are stuck together.
- Now place spoon full of stuffing it to the pocket & stick the edges using flour paste. Now samosa is ready to be fried or baked. Repeat the same with rest of the stuffing & cut roti's.
For Baking 
- Pre-heat oven @400F & line up a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Arrange samosa's on the baking sheet with a little gap in between & brush them with little oil on both sides.
- Bake them @400F for 15mins & by now they should be mildly brown in color. Flip samosa's to other sideBake them for another 10 to 15mins. You can see a brown crust on top of samosa.
- Remove them from oven & cool them on counter.
Deep Frying 
- Heat oil for deep frying. Add in uncooked samosa's to pan & fry them on medium to low heat till they are nice & brown in color. You can fry couple of samosa's or more at a time depending on the pan size.
- Remove them onto a paper towel once they are golden in color on both sides. 
-Serve them hot as they are or along with green chutney or ketchup.
- You can use your favorite filling instead of the one shared here.
- Brush a generous amount of oil on both sides of samosa's before baking them. This will give you crisp samosa's when you bake.
- Baked samosa's are crunchy when they are warm & are less crunchier after 1hr.
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  1. Those samosas are asking me to grab and munch some now..irresistible even at 6am..

  2. I guess the ones on the right are deep fried and left are baked..can't find much difference in colour..good one..

  3. wow a nice bake... i am always in look for baked goodies that are usually fried.. samosas look great!!

  4. I don't like the big samasa and love those tiny ones. Never tried baking samosa. Both the versions look good

  5. I love samosas ...yours look perfect ...wish I could have some for tea today

  6. Wow I love these onion samosas, must bookmark the recipe, it's been a while since i ate these.

  7. Samosas in any form is my fav. These do sound very yummy!

  8. yet another yummy recipe. Great. Love how you are explaining both stove top and oven version.

  9. Somehow the baked version pictures did not open but the samosas look yummy.

  10. The baked version looks so yum and what a great way to snack on...

  11. Yummy looking onion samosas.

  12. These samosas are perfect with a cup of tea!

  13. Such a wonderful snack for the evening :)

  14. This is one such guilt free samosa with onion stuffing..