Beef samosas

    40 min

    Beef and potatoes are the main ingredients folded inside these wonderful deep fried samosas. Chicken livers may be substituted for beef, if you choose. My friend from Bangladesh gave me this savoury, spicy recipe. You just can't buy better in the shops.

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    Serves: 18 

    • 2 large potatoes, peeled
    • 150g frozen garden peas, thawed
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
    • 1 bay leaf, crushed
    • 2 large onions, finely chopped
    • 500g mince
    • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 1 tablespoon minced fresh root ginger
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
    • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
    • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander
    • 2 tablespoons chopped green chillies
    • 1L oil for deep frying
    • 1 packet filo pastry

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Bring a medium saucepan of lightly salted water to the boil. Stir in potatoes and peas. Cook until potatoes are tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain, mash together and set aside.
    2. In a large saucepan over medium high heat, heat the oil. Brown cumin seeds and bay leaf. Mix in onions and mince. Cook until mince is evenly brown and onions are soft, about 5 minutes. Mix in garlic, fresh ginger. Season with black pepper, salt, cumin, coriander, turmeric, chilli powder, cinnamon and cardamom. Stir in the mashed potato mixture. Remove from heat and chill in the fridge for 1 hour, or until cool.
    3. Heat oil in a large, heavy saucepan over high heat.
    4. Mix coriander and green chillies into the potato and beef mixture. Place approximately 1 tablespoon of the mixture onto each filo sheet. Fold sheets into triangles, pressing edges together with moistened fingers.
    5. In small batches, fry until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Drain on kitchen roll and serve warm.

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    Loved the filling, but thought the phyllo dough was unauthentic. So I got this recipe from an Indian friend... 2 cups of plain flour ¼ tsp salt 4 tbsp of oil/ghee 4 tbsp of water Method for base 1. Mix all the ingredients for the base together with your fingers until it forms a dough. Add tiny bit more water if needed. 2. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes or until it is smooth. 3. Put it in a plastic bag and set aside for 30 minutes or longer, in the refrigerator if possible. Then I think you take a walnut-sized portion of dough, and then roll it out to about 4 inches across. Put a couple of TB of filling in, fold dough over to make a semicircle, press seams together, roll edges over, and fry 'til golden. Sorry for the long post, but hope it helps. =)  -  04 Aug 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    These are great, but I have two suggestions and a tip. 1) Use a green chile paste instead of fresh chiles. You can find it at Indian/Pakistani markets. Also known as green chile chutney. 2) Use samosa wrappers instead of filo dough if filo is too crumbly. These are easier to work with and do not flake so easily when cooked. Also found at Indian/Pakistani markets. Tip) I used southern style hashbrowns instead of whole potatoes. They are already boiled and cut up, so the boiling time is much less. Basically you are just heating up the potatoes and the peas. Then mash together like recommended. (Southern Style is the one that is cubed, not shreaded.)  -  29 Sep 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Excellent & yummy recipe, easy to make too! I lived in India during part of my childhood and Indian food is my fave ... and this recipe meets full approval and tastes so authentic! However, like almost all cooks in this website, I modified a few things. I diced the potatoes into little pieces and boiled them with the peas - I did not mash them. I used more cumin seeds (love the flavour of cooked cumin seeds in Indian dishes), and added 2 - 3 tablespoons of lemon juice at the end of the cooking of the filling (after the potatoes and peas were added in) - this gives it a bit of tangy flavour (a lot of vegeterian samosa recipes call for lemon juice). I did not use phyllo dough but ready-made thin flaky pie dough - it has a very nice puff when fried and it's a very tasty combination with the filling. Egg-roll wrappers are not for samosas and do not do samosas justice for the taste, so pls don't use them ! If ever, it's better to make your own dough, though this can be more time consuming. Bravo and thanks again for this great recipe !  -  12 Feb 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)