by Karin Calloway
Almost every culinary tradition has a “hand pie.” There are pasties in Great Britain, empanadas in Spain, and calzones in Italy. In India, there are samosas, yummy little hand pies of tender dough filled with potatoes and other ingredients.
Making samosas at home can be a bit of a chore, but there are several shortcuts that can be taken to make them more accessible to the home cook. First, somosas can be baked rather than fried, decreasing the mess and the amount of fat. And, second, while I’ve included a recipe for the samosa dough here, you can substitute frozen, defrosted samosa wrappers for the homemade dough in the recipe, making these easy enough for weeknight family fare.
The filling here is a combination of potatoes, peas and spices, but you can add cooked ground beef, lamb or chicken to make a non-vegetarian version. A cooling Cucumber Raita is the perfect accompaniment.
To Assemble and Bake
Distribute filling evenly among circles, about 3 heaping tablespoons for each one. Lightly moisten the edge of each circle with water and fold over to form a semicircle. Press edges together firmly with the tines of a fork. Place samosas on the baking sheet and brush tops with the egg glaze. Bake for 15 minutes, or until they are golden brown. Serve hot from the oven.
Makes 12 servings.
Makes 1 1/2 cups Raita.
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The flavors of India are not as well known in the United States as they are in Great Britain, where enjoying a "curry" is as simple as heading up the street in small towns and large cities alike.