A samosa is a triangular shaped savoury pastry which is fried in oil and comprises either spiced vegetables, fish, beef, or chicken that is well ground. Samosas in Kenya are regarded as an exotic snack in Kenyan cuisine. Ever wondered how to make delicious samosa? Well, it is not that as difficult as you think, in fact, once you read on through this recipe you will be left wondering why you did not start making delicious samosas at home long before. Whether you would wish to learn how to make samosas at home for your family, or for hosting a good party, this simple recipe is what you need.
Many Kenyans have not embraced the culture of cooking samosas at home, we are used to buying them at fast food joints. This is not a wrong approach, but often we end up with stomach upsets either because the samosa was not cooked hygienically or they are already spoiled because samosa cannot be kept for long without going bad or losing its taste. Buying samosas from fast food joints and eateries also limit our menu when hosting parties at home so why not amaze your visitors by serving them tasty samosa at the comfort of your home.
How to Make Samosa Dough
To make samosa dough, the following key ingredients are needed;
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 cup of warm water
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
1 teaspoon of salt
- Mix together the salt, flour, vegetable oil in a bowl until it is crumbly. Add in water as you continue to mix the dough for about 15 to 20 minutes until it is soft and smooth. Make sure that it is not sticky on your hands or the walls of the bowl.
- Cover the dough pastry in a lightly greased container at room temperature for 45minutes
- Divide the dough into 4-5 equal balls
- Roll out each ball into 6-inch diameter circles, wipe a little oil on them and sprinkle oil onto them
- Thin out the pilled mixture into 10 -12 inches using a clean rolling pin
- Preheat the cooking pan then place on it that rolled out the dough and let cook till it starts to bubble up on both sides
- Put the half cooked wraps on a clean surface and divide into four equal parts using a clean knife
- Tenderly separate the triangles and cover with a clean cloth to avoid drying up.
How to Make the Samosa
How to make samosa filling
- Once the dough is done with, making the samosa is a straightforward and easy step in the process of making samosas.
- In a bowl mix just ½ cup of flour with water to make a thick paste which will act as paste for filing samosa pockets
- Now Fold the samosa pockets into a cone shape then fill them with either chicken, chilled beef, fish, or vegetables depending on the type of samosas that you intend to make.
- Using the paste, seal them thoroughly to ensure that they do not open up while frying.
- You can decide to cook the filled samosa pockets immediately or store in the refrigerator to be deeply fried later. If cooking immediately;
- Heat oil in a frying pan
- Once the oil is heated enough; dip in the filled samosa pockets ensuring that the oil is not too much heated because if the oil is overheated the samosas will cook only on the outside and not inside.
- Deep fry the samosa until they turns golden brown and crispy on both the sides.
- Use kitchen paper or a tidy towel to drain the excess oil
- Serve hot or cold with a cold drink of your choice.
Just as simple as that, you have learnt how to make samosa pastry, go ahead and try it!