These delectable stuffed pastries, filled with fragrant potato and pea filling, were actually the FIRST Indian dish I ever tried. I remember, skeptically, going to the original India Restaurant on the East Side of Providence with an old friend, wondering what the heck I was going to order. "Try these, I know you'll love them" she said. When they arrived (only two) I remember being sad that they only came (2) to an order, and that we didn't order at least six... A PEICE! And so, the humble samosa will forever be my inauguration into the wonderful world of Indian cuisine, and for that I am truly thankful.
For my small, yet tasteful New Year’s Eve party this year I wanted to have a selection of tasty appetizers for my friends, none of whom are vegan. In my zeal to be Betty Crocker, and the fact that I had two days off prior, I decided make samosas from scratch. Plus, I had been eyeing the samosa recipe in Vegan with a Vengeance (VWAV) for quite some time.
What makes this recipe nice is that the samosas are not deep fried, but rather, brushed with a bit of olive oil and baked in the oven. The pastry dough is easy to make too, and I got to use my Kitchen Aid mixer, which helped with the kneading immensely (10 minutes)!
I will say this: These guys are time consuming little buggers, but are SO worth the effort. And please, if you have VWAV, do yourself a favor and make the Coconut-Mint Chutney recipe that follows for dipping. This recipe is so quick and simple and (magically) mirrors the mint chutney dipping sauce they serve at India Restaurant. In fact, I think it’s even BETTER! ^_^