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Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Paneer Samosa? It's different yaar!

When festival is knocking at the doorsteps, you feel like trying something different. Indian festivals have always been the icon of happiness, brotherhood and unity in diversity. This Holi (a festival of colors), I felt of trying something different with a very popular snack item ‘samosa’. Paneer is a very favorite magic item and healthy too. So, I thought to my mind ‘why not combine these two ingredients and make something truly memorable in terms of taste and innovation?’ The answer to my question was the very tasty, ‘out of the box’ concept called ‘Paneer samosa’. Let’s see the procedure of preparing this recipe.

Ingredient: (For preparation of 30 samosas)

White flour (350 gms.),
Mashed cottage cheese /paneer chunks mashed (with the help of spatula under slight hot water) [200 gms.],
Ginger paste (1/2 teaspoon),
Cumin powder (¾ th teaspoons), 
Coriander powder (½ teaspoon),
Turmeric powder (½ teaspoon),
Tomatoes chopped into smaller pieces (1 medium sized),
Onions chopped into smaller pieces (1 medium sized),
Green peas (100 gms, parboiled condition),
Red chili powder /grated green chilies,
Salt according to taste, 
Oil for frying.

Procedure: The procedure is represented in a step wise manner.

Preparing the paneer filling:

Take Paneer chunks into a bowl with hot water. Mash it with the help of a spatula. When it becomes an even mixture keep it separate. Heat about 4 teaspoon of oil in a container. Dash the chopped vegetables (onions, tomatoes, green peas) into the container and fry well. Add the ginger paste to it. Shift the mashed Paneer chunks into it. Add the spices (cumin, coriander, turmeric and salt) to it. You may add chili powder /grated green chilies which is optional and depends on how hot you would like to enjoy your food. Keep the mixture separate. This is to be used as the stuffing.

Preparing the cover:

Step 1: Make dough with white flour, salt, oil and little water. Make very smooth dough. Prepare rounded structures with it and roll with the help of a rolling pin.

Step 2: Put the stuffing with the help of a spoon at the centre.

Step3: Fold the rolled dough half way; again fold it half as shown in the figure. It will appear like the shape of a pyramid. Press the sides evenly so that the stuffing should not come out. You may leave this structure for some time in the open air to be hardened and firm.

Frying the samosa dough:

Pour good volume of oil in a container .Deep fry the folded samosa dough in oil for about 2 minutes till they change the color to a golden- brownish one. Remove it from oil and put it in a platter to serve.your

I am sure that whenever you will serve it to your guests they will be spellbound. Make this festive season more colorful with your excellent cooking techniques.