Holiday season is here! Attending and hosting parties seems to be a daily occurrence. I tend to take in a plate of vegan nibbles to most do’s and these tasty morsels are always an instant hit. Traditional Samosas are deep-fried flaky pastry covering a vegetable filling. I’ve used caramelised onions and spices for the filling here and cooked them in the Airfryer to completely do away with the business of deep-frying. The casing can be made with puff pastry, ready-made pastry strips, or here’s a simple one that I use and is made with wholemeal flour.
We need for the Samosa pastry,
- Wholemeal Flour – 1 cup
- Oil – 1 tablespoon
- Carom Seeds – 1 teaspoon
- Salt, to taste
- Ice Cold Water – Few tablespoons to knead into a firm dough
Mix the first four ingredients and add ice-cold water by the spoonful to knead into a firm dough. Set aside covered for 10 to 15 minutes.
Instructions for the “Samosa” recipe follow,
Vegan Onion Samosa – Airfryer Recipe
(A popular Indian snack turned into a low fat party food option.)
- Onion, diced finely – 1 large
- Oil – 1 teaspoon
- Turmeric Powder – 1/2 teaspoon
- Cumin Seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
- Fennel Seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
- Dried Mango Powder – 1/2 teaspoon
- Black Pepper, freshly ground – 1/2 teaspoon
- Rock Salt, to taste
- Water – 1 tablespoon
- Coat the surface of a shallow pan with oil and heat gently.
- Add the cumin and fennel seeds and cook until lightly roasted.
- Mix in the turmeric, dried mango and black pepper powder.
- Stir in the diced onions and cook on slow heat until the raw smell goes away.
- Add the water in to prevent the onions from sticking.
- When the onion starts to brown and smell caramelised, remove from the heat.
- Stir in black salt and mix well.
- Cool completely before encasing in the pastry for crisp Samosas.
- Roll the pastry out into thin rounds, 5″ diameter.
- Cut the circle into half.
- Place 2 teaspoons of the onion filling in one quarter of the halved rounds.
- Seal edges by pressing together the edges, with a little bit of water if required.
- Place in the Airfryer basket.
- Continue until the Airfryer basket is full (mine holds 9 at one go)
- Bake at 200 degrees Celsius for 15 to 18 minutes.
- Cool thoroughly before packing into a box, in a single layer.
Black salt, or rock salt is also called “Kala Namak” gives a characteristic flavour to the samosa. Found easily at most Indian grocers. Substitute with normal salt if unavailable.