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Samosas I (P, TNT)
Source: "The Sephardic Table," Pamela Grau Twena
Yield: 30 pastries

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil for oiling the bowl
3/4 cup water

Potato Filling:
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon black mustard seed
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 peeled and finely chopped fresh ginger
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
2 boiling potatoes, peeled, boiled and cubed
1/2 cup fresh or frozen peas
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
3 cups vegetable oil for frying

Make the Dough:
In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt and 1/4 cup oil, working the dough with your fingers to create a coarse meal. Pour in the water and knead vigorously for about 5 minutes, until a ball forms. Add extra water if needed, a tablespoon at a time.

Turn the dough out of the bowl and continue kneading until smooth. Wash out the mixing and place 1 tablespoon oil in the bottom. Roll the ball in the oil several times so that all sides are coated. Cover the bowl with a damp clean dish towel and let the dough rest for 2 hours at room temperature.

Make the Filling:
In a medium skillet, heat the oil. When it is hot, add the mustard seeds; when they crackle and begin to burst, add the onion and ginger. Sauté until the onion is soft, about 3 minutes Add the fennel, cumin and turmeric, stirring. Add the potatoes, peas, salt and water.

Reduce the heat, cover and cook for 5 minutes to combine the flavors. Stir in the cilantro and the garam masala. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Pinch off a piece of dough the size of a large walnut, keeping the rest of the dough covered. On a lightly floured surface, roll the ball into a flat disk about 4" in diameter. Place 1 teaspoon of filling in the center of the circle and fold over to create a semicircle. Moisten the inner edge with water and pinch them closed. Lay each samosa flat on a plate and cover with plastic wrap or foil until all of them are ready for deep-frying.

To deep-fry, heat 3 cups oil in a large skillet to 375°F, a cube of bread tossed in will brown quickly. Deep-fry the pastries 4 or 5 at a time until golden. Remove with a slotted spoon. Transfer to a paper-towel lined platter. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Posted by Nancy Berry

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A