Beef and Potato Samosas

On a trip to India I was slightly obsessed with street food. I had convinced myself, I would find authenticity and flavor only imagined. What i hadn’t considered was how difficult it would be to convince others to stop the car, and dig in. One afternoon, while sitting in the hotel bar. overlooking the Taj Mahal, I inquired if the kitchen could fix us a few snacks typical of what locals might eat. Surprisingly, they couldn’t accommodate unless we took the meal in our room. You see, my request of samosa, pakora and the like wasn’t upmarket enough for the hotel. If we ate it in secret, they would fix it.
fine.
by.
me.
Lounging on our hotel room balcony, watching the sun set over the Taj, while sipping cocktails, is a treat Doing it while enjoying a loaded platter of savory treats with spicy chutneys. is an experience i won’t soon forget.

Beef and Potato Samosas

(while the samosas served did not contain beef, i find it a great addition)
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
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.

samosa-spice

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.

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.
you may alternately use wonton wrappers. they are not quite the same as homemade, but work just as well

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