Kitchen Queen

Posted: October 18, 2010 in Cooking

I am not much of a cook, I admit. But I recently discovered and succeeded in making 4 of my favorite dishes (3 sweetmeats, 1 snack), in a homegrown, easy 100% success guarantee style. The recipe quantities given are for 2 people.

Samosa: Now what’s so unique about it? Well, I made the fat-free version in the oven.
Preparation Time: 1 hour.
Part 1: Masala (can be prepared to individual tastes, but this one tastes heavenly).
1. Potatoes (boiled & pealed): 6
2. Mint leaves : 8-10
3. Dhania seeds: 1 tsp
4. Aamchoor (dried mango powder): 1 tsp
5. Green Chillies chopped: 2
6. Green Peas: 50 gms
7. Chillie powder, Salt to taste
8. Curry leaves: 8-10

Mash boiled potatoes with all of the above and keep aside.

Part 2: Shell
1. Knead wheat flour (more wholesome than all-purpose flour) and flatten it to medium thin, round layer on a flat surface.
2. Make horizontal and vertical cuts on the layer, making quadrants. If the flour layer is large, you can make 8 cuts instead of 4.

Part 3: Cones
1. Make a palm-sized ball of the masala and cover it in the wheat flour shell to make pyramidical cones. You can make the edges wavy with a fork or by hand.
2. Smear the cones with minimal oil all over the surface.
3. Pre-heat oven to 250C for 15-20 mins.
4. Place the cones in a baking tray/dish (whose bottom should be oiled).
5. Carefully place the dish on the top-most shelf of the oven (grill tray), set temperature to 200C and leave for 20 mins.
6. Turn the samosas and bake for 10 more minutes.

The samosas are ready.

Sweetmeats soon to come.


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