samosas


1 lb ground beef (max 15% fat)

1 1/2 cup russet or yukon gold potatoes--peeled and cubed

3 Tbs vegetable oil

1 cup onion--finely chopped

1 tsp garlic--finely minced

1 tsp ginger--peeled and finely minced

1 tsp thai bird chili--finely minced

juice of half a lime

2 Tbs fresh cilantro--finely chopped

square wonton wrappers (small for appetizer size)*

oil for frying


MASALA

1 Tbs whole coriander seed--toasted and ground

1 tsp whole cumin seed--toasted and ground

1/4 tsp cayenne

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1/4 tsp turmeric

small pinch cinnamon

1 tsp kosher salt


Boil potatoes in salted water. Mash and set aside. Saute onion in vegetable oil until golden.  Add ginger, garlic, and chili.  Stir for about 3 minutes.  Add Masala and continue to stir.  Add ground beef and continue to cook until no longer pink. Let cool. Stir in lime juice, cilantro and mashed potato.

Make a cone with the wonton wrapper, sealing sides with water.  Again using water to seal, close the cone and set on a cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper and dusted with cornstarch.  You may refrigerate for several hours at this point, or freeze for future use.

Heat oil in  heavy bottom pot to 350F.  Drop samosas in a few at a time, careful not to crowd the pan.  Cook until nicely browned.  Serve warm or room temperature with raita and a variety of chutney.


*you may make your own samosa wrappers, as i do on occasion when i want larger portions...but i find the wontons, while not authentic, perfectly delicious and very convenient.


Samosa Wrappers

2 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp kosher salt

1/3-1 cup water

sift flour, add salt.  add water a little at a time and mix until you have a soft, but not sticky dough.  cover and let sit for about 30 minutes.  divide dough into 6 portions.  flatten each portion into a disk.  roll each disk to a 6" circle.  cover and let rest about 15 minutes.  roll each circle further into a 12" circle.  heat a griddle and toast each circle slightly (but do not fully dry out).  cut each circle into quarters.  fashion each quarter into a cone and fill.  use water or egg wash to seal the edges and close the wrapper over the filling.  fry in 350F oil until golden brown.