‘Samosa’ the versatile Indian snack is essentially crisp deep-fried dough, with a filling of ‘just about anything’ from potatoes and peas in its best known version, to other vegetables of choice and delicious ground meat fillings.
But today, I’ve taken a seasonal diversion on the regular savory Samosas, creating warm sweet Samosa bites, filled with cooked apples and cranberries flavored with an Indian touch of ginger, cinnamon and cardamom.
Known for their classic triangular pyramid shape and essentially made with simple dough much like a pie crust; Samosas are a popular store-bought and home-made snack across the Indian subcontinent, and are just as well-known in homes around Middle East Asia (have my eye on this interesting book on Asian Dumplings) and parts of Africa.
Over the years living in the US, I’ve come to prefer homemade dough (similar to Williams-Sonoma’s Samosa dough recipe, replacing oil with ghee-clarified butter/regular unsalted butter for a more flavorful crust) or store-bought pie crust for my Samosas, although wrappers specifically designed for Samosa are available online and in ethnic stores.
But irrespective of your choice of dough, an important part is to create a mouthwatering filling and get the Samosa shape just right…
So before I start on the recipe for my crisp Cranberry Ginger Apple Samosas, here’s a handy poem to help get the quintessential Samosa triangle sitting up just right on its bottom.
Make a circle
Cut it in half
Make a cone
Fill it up half
Close the flap shut tight
Sit the Samosa on its bottom
Pointing to the Ceiling
This recipe is part of my cookbook ‘Spice Up Your Celebration’ which offers Indian Inspired recipes for your occasions, holidays and entertaining.
Coming Soon – November 2014
Using old Indian entertaining wisdom and today’s modern approach to food from a global perspective, my cookbook ‘Spice Up Your Celebration’ offers an easy to prepare collection of mouthwatering recipes that can be used for any occasion from intimate family and friends dinners, to hosting larger holiday celebrations.
As always, my dishes are inspired by India’s varied and flavorful smorgasbord of regional cuisines and made with everyday fresh ingredients, basic spices and simple step-wise directions.
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