Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Cooking With Friends #1 - Indian Samosas

A couple months ago, on a Hang-With-My-Buddy Thursday, I made samosas w/ my friend Cat. When our girls were just babies, we used to get together every week to cook dinner together while our girls napped and then enjoyed the meals we "slaved over" all together - hubbies included! It was an awesome setup. Over time our schedules diverged and we weren't able to cook together as much, but now that Little Sis is in kindergarten, guess what we added back to our schedule?!?! It's always fun to cook w/ a friend. :)





This is the recipe I've been using for years and years and years: Epicurious.com's Potato Samosa Tartlets. I honestly don't know that this is an 'authentic Indian samosa' but I've had my fair share and I think it's pretty darned good. So does Cat, who specifically requested to to make it. Hmmm, I should have one of my Indian friends taste-test it and tell me what they think - for reals. :)  What's totally awesome is that you can make a bunch and then freeze (before baking) what you don't plan on eating.

Notes:
  1. Watch out for that fresh ginger. Use less than what they call for you aren't a fan. Or use the ground stuff instead of fresh (~ a quarter of the fresh amount called for). I actually prefer the dried stuff.
  2. I added peas. A lot of peas. About a cup of frozen ones. I LOVE them with peas. 
  3. If you don't have fresh tomatoes handy, canned tomatoes work great, too. I usually use canned tomatoes myself.
  4. If you don't have time to make the crust, Pillsbury's ready-made pie crusts work great. That's what we used here. For big ones, divide each circle by 4 so you have 4 equal pie pieces. Fill and close the seams by bringing the 3 corners together and pressing the seams along the sides. For smaller ones, divide the circle evenly by 5 or 6. For mini ones, use a biscuit cutter to cut the crust, put a teaspoonful in the middle of one and then top and seal with a second. They make great appetizers, served w/ Mango Chutney.
Here's how to make them into those pyramid shapes. And please pardon my nail polish. Little Sis (age 6) gave me a little post-Mother's Day manicure. hee hee.


So here's the final product. Served w/ a side of broccoli slaw that Cat had on hand. We had a lovely lunch to go with all of our chattin', which we just can't ever get enough of! :)









Update 5/17/13: Made another batch of these recently and just had to include better pix using my "new" phone. Oh and the samosa folding collage above. Whaddya think? :)



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5 comments:

Jenn @ BentoForKidlet said...

Yummy! These look great :D We love cooking Indian food!

happyvballgirl said...

Can I just say that I love you, Jenn? :) If I haven't told you before, I think you're awesome. :) We love Indian food, too and the funny thing is that I specifically wrote is post as ground-work for a future post featuring... Indian food! Thanks SOOOOOO much for the comment!

UTs Hobby Time said...

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Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

Those look really yummy! I've never had them! Thanks for linking up at my Pin Me Linky Party.

Carmen said...

I don't eat a lot of Indian food, but these I want to try! I'll make the changes you recommended though. :)