Samosa is my absolutely favorite teatime snack. That flaky crust and filled with spiced boiled potatoes, always so tempting. I don’t even need a dipping sauce, just a cup of piping hot masala chai. With the festive season in full swing, we look for treats that can be made in advance and served right away when the guests arrive. This particular dry fruits and lentil samosa fits right in for such a situation. And I love it as much as the traditional samosa while pairing it with a cup of tea.
There are a two key points that you have to remember while making this snack. Firstly, the filling should be fairly dry and not too moist or else, it won’t last long in an airtight container. Secondly, you have to drop these samosas in low heat oil while frying and continue deep-frying in that low heat. This particular technique gives a super flaky crust to the fried samosas and it remains flaky, even after several days. If you fry the samosas in hot oil, the crust would be flaky when it’s hot but eventually, it will turn soft.
Time: 1 hour Serves: 4-6 people
INGREDIENTS: For the filling:
– Chana daal (split Bengal gram lentil): 1-cup
– Assorted nuts and dry fruits of your choice (finely chopped): ½ cup
– Milk: 2 tablespoons
– Honey: 2 tablespoons
– pinch of cardamom powder
– pinch of salt
– ghee (clarified butter): 1 tablespoon
INGREDIENTS: For the dough:
– maida(all-purpose flour): 1 cup
– atta(whole wheat flour): ¼ cup
– pinch of salt
– ghee: 2 tablespoons
– water to make the dough
– Boil the lentil just until it’s tender. If you are using a pressure cooker, 2 whistles should be enough. Once done, allow it to cool down and then, blend it with your KitchenAid Cordless Hand Blender into a smooth puree.
– Heat 1 tablespoon of ghee in a non-stick pan and drop the pureed lentil. Cook in low heat for a couple of minutes and then add honey along with cardamom powder. Give it a mix and continue cooking until the lentil turns mildly brown in shade.
– Then, add the chopped nuts, milk and continue cooking until it comes together into a golden brown crumbly filling. Keep it aside to be used later.
– To make the dough, sift the flour in a mixing bowl. Add salt, pour ghee and start mixing with your hand. Once the flour holds itself when held in your fist tightly, you can start pouring water little by little until it forms a dough. If the dough doesn’t hold together, add more ghee. Allow the dough to rest for 30 minutes.
– Once the dough and filling is ready, start shaping the samosas. Knead the dough once again and divide it into equally sized ping pong balls. Roll out the ball into a circle and slice it with a knife in the center. Take one semi circle in your hand and form a cone. Place it in your hand comfortably and fill about 1 teaspoon of the mixture. Pinch the end to seal it tightly and allow it to sit on the board to make a flat bottom. You can rub some water at the edges if it’s not sealing properly. Shape all the samosas before you start frying.
– In a big wok or deep pan, pour enough vegetable oil and bring it to a low heat. Then, drop the samosas and allow them to fry slowly. Do not overcrowd the pan and keep rotating it in between to brown it on all the sides. Once done, lift it from the oil and keep it in a kitchen towel, allowing it to drain any excess oil.Make sure you allow the oil to cool down before you fry the next batch.