If there’s one savoury I never get tired of it’s a good ‘ol samoosa. I love it in all kinds of flavours, chicken, mince, potato, cheese & corn, veg. I’m quite partial to chicken & cheese which was my late mum’s speciality. I’ve seen it made in other interesting ways, with butternut and coriander, pizza filling and even filled with chaat style mix. There’s plenty ways to get inventive but today I’m going to share the classic chicken mince recipe. You can add cheese if you like but it’s delicious without too.
Don’t be daunted by the idea of making your own samoosas. If you buy some good quality pur (samoosa pastry) you’ll be surprised at how much better your own samoosas will taste because it will be to your palate. And you can get the whole family involved and have a little production line. It’s pre-Ramadaan quality family time – have fun.
Chicken Mince Samoosas
Recipe: My mum
You will need:
1kg Chicken mince
2 to 3 Tbsp ghee or oil
1kg onion finely chopped
2 Tbsp ground garlic & ginger
1.5 tsp ground Jeera (cumin)
1 tsp ground Barishap (fennel)
1 tsp fine black pepper
small bunch fresh dhunya (coriander) chopped
2 or 3 green chillies (or to taste) chopped
Add ghee to pot on medium heat. Add onion and saute till soft and translucent. Add chicken and cook stirring and breaking up the pieces. While still moist add the garlic & ginger, spices and chillies. Cook till mixture is very dry. If it’s moist it will cause the samoosas to burst when frying. Add dhunya at the end and remove from heat when it’s dry. Leave to cool completely before using.
When folding your samoosas you will need a thin paste of flour and water to seal it. Use you discretion as to the amount. It must be runny like porridge and not too watery.
How to fold a Samoosa
Here’s a quick little video to show you how to hold, fill and fold a samoosa. And at the end there’s a little tip for how to patch those tiny little holes that you sometimes still get in the corners. If you like this video, do subscribe to my YouTube channel. It’s still quite new and could use a little love. 🤗