I’m happy to share my homemade samosa recipe, since I haven’t shared a recipe for a few week. I’ve been having a great month, relaxing and taking a blogging break. There’s so much else to do in December, I feel like I don’t really have time to document what I’m cooking. There are meals to plan for next week, and shopping to do and all the rest of it.
I know that proper samosas are made with short-crust pastry, not puff pastry, but that’s what I had on hand. And at this time of year, shortcuts are pretty handy. So my gorgeous samosa filling was wrapped in puff pastry and then fried.
These can be frozen and reheated up easily in a moderate oven as well, just give them 20 minutes (turning halfway through) and they’ll be perfect.
I wanted to make some sort of sauce to go with these too, but I didn’t have the ingredients on hand to make a proper Indian fruit chutney or even a mint sauce like the kind you get in good Indian restaurants. But I did have mint and yogurt, to make this really simple mint sauce, which paired perfectly with my non-authentic samosas.
I like to cook authentically when I can, but since I’m not Indian and have never been to India, there’s really no way I can claim that this is “Indian food”. Let’s just say that this is an “Indian flavored pasty”. By the way, having grown up Australian with the term “pasty” I am totally floored by the term “hand pie”. And out of all the “hand pie” usage I have seen online, I have to say that “meat hand pie” really is the worst. I would not google a recipe for a meat hand pie, out of fear for what I would turn up. But apparently “pasty” is a culturally specific term!
Difficulty: Medium – there are a few different steps, which can take a while to complete (and would have taken longer if I’d been bothered to make short-crust pastry…)
Kid-friendly?: There are visible veggies in here, and spices, so I’m going to say not for my kids at all. For kids who already like pasties and sausage rolls, this is a good next step towards a more diverse palate.
Roadtest verdict: An Indian flavored meat hand pie…!
Puff Pastry Samosas with Mint Yogurt Sauce.
Inspiration: I love Indian food, but we’ve been hitting the deliveroo a bit too hard recently, so I’m trying out some recipes at home.