Saturday, April 27, 2013

Guilt-free Samosa

I am a huge samosa fan but let's face it...these deep fried curry puffs typically made with ghee (aka clarified butter) aren't the healthiest things out there.  So this was my effort to enjoy this fabulously delicious spicy potato treat without the guilt.  My version does away with the pastry portion and deep frying stage (as well as subbing olive oil in for the ghee) so it's lower in carbs and fat (not to mention much easier and quicker to make)!

I hope you enjoy this samosa version, guilt-free!

5 small organic Idaho potatoes peeled
1 medium onion chopped
2 cloves crushed garlic
1-tablespoon minced ginger
1 cup frozen peas (I actually used the frozen peas and pearl onions)
Red hot pepper flakes to taste
Salt to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoon your favorite curry
Salt to taste
Fat-free Greek yogurt (a dollop per dish served)
1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro

1.  First, place your potatoes in a pot with some salt, adding just enough water to cover them.  Once water comes to a boil, cover and reduce heat to medium and cook for about 25-30 minutes (check if they are finished by poking with a knife or fork).

2.  In a pan, sauté onion, garlic and ginger in olive oil for about 5 minutes until onion softens.  Add red hot pepper flakes, turmeric, ground cumin and curry and stir all ingredients well.

3.  Dice cooked potatoes and add to onion/garlic/spice mixture.  Add salt to taste and stir well.

4.  Add the peas (or peas and onion mix if that's what you're using) and stir all ingredients very well and cover.  Cook on medium-low for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally and gently mashing the potatoes just a bit to make the texture smoother.

5.  Once finished cooking, you can adjust the spices/seasoning to your liking.  Serve with a dollop of Greek yogurt and garnish with fresh cilantro.  Enjoy on it's own or rolled into a nice warm piece of whole wheat pita.

PS- if you are a huge cilantro fan like me, you can add more chopped cilantro to the actual dish itself as well as garnish.  YUM!  :-)


Solitary Diner said...

This looks fabulous, and so much less labour-intensive than "real" samosas. Mmmm.

Solmaz Amirnazmi said...

Thank you! Yes - much less work AND calories. Very tasty- you can play around with this dish too (the spice ratios, and herbs say if you like parsley more than cilantro). Hope you like it!