Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Baked Chicken Samosa

I can't tell you how desperately I waited for the arrival of the monsoons. Every night while going to bed, I said a little prayer. And then the magical moment arrived. It rained and rained and rained some more. I love monsoons!

It's been raining day and night since the last 3 days, and I definitely don't mind it. My days that were supposed to be hectic are now unengaged, leisurely and moving in a slow motion. It's like as if the entire city has been caught in the charms of the rains. Everything came to a standstill the day the monsoons arrived. Offices and schools had low attendance. Shops were shut. The radio played sizzling Bollywood rain songs. And to keep traditions alive, we had khichuri for lunch. Yes, that's the conventional way to flatter a rainy day.

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On a rainy evening, the absolute accompaniment with tea is the beguni or shingara (samosa). I don't think I'll chance upon anyone who would deny the popularity of this combination.


Talking about the shingara, I realised I must tell you all about the healthy version of it. Originally these are deep fried, in a lot (LOT) of oil. But with many being health conscious, the better alternative is the baked samosa. And me being me, I must use chicken in everything. So, here's why I'm talking about the Baked Chicken Samosa - healthy indulgence.

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Baked Chicken Samosa

For the Pastry:

- All Purpose Flour (Maida) 200 gm

- Unsalted Butter/Ghee 50 gm

- Baking Powder 1 tsp.

- Kala Jeera (kalonji or onion seeds) 1/2 tsp.

- Cold water to knead the dough

- Salt as per taste

For the filling:

- Minced Chicken 250 gm

- Onion 1, small, finely chopped

- Ginger 1 tsp., finely chopped

- Green chillies 1 tsp, finey chopped

- Coriander Powder 1 tbsp.

- Garam Masala Powder 1/2 tsp.

- Turmeric Powder 1/4 tsp.

- Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder 1 tsp.

- Chopped Coriander leaves 2 tbsp.

- Salt as per taste

- Refined Oil 3 tbsp.


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To make the pastry:

1 Mix flour, onions seeds, baking powder and salt together. Now, add unsalted butter or ghee to the mixture till it resembles bread crumbs.

2 Add water and knead it to a medium soft dough. Let the dough rest for about 30 minutes in a closed container.

To make the filling:

1 Heat 3 tbsp. of refined oil in a pan. Add the chopped onion, green chillies and ginger. Fry till translucent. Add minced chicken and sauté till almost cooked.

2 Next add coriander powder, garam masala powder, turmeric powder, kashmiri red chilli powder and salt. Sauté for about 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of water. Cover and cook till done. (Make sure the water dries up completely or else the samosas will be soggy.) Cool the filling.

To make the samosas:

1 Divide the dough into small balls. Take a ball and roll it into a circle. Make it as thin as you can, while dusting a little flour if required. Half the circle.

2 In a semi circle, place a tablespoon of filling in the centre and fold it into the shape of a samosa. Seal the edges firmly with a little milk or water. Ensure the edges are sealed well. Repeat the same process to make all the samosas.

3 Place the samosas in a greased or non-stick baking tray. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 220°C for 20 minutes or until light brown in colour.

Serve hot with chutney of your choice or with ketchup.








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19 comments:

  1. Baked samosa looks incredible, definitely a guilt free snacks to enjoy with a cup of tea...fantastic.

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  2. Dear Arundhuti
    Thats a great Samosa recipe. I have only eaten the normal fried ones. I never imagined that Samosas could be baked. Must try some day in winter.
    have a nice day

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  3. Liked your baked version of samosas. I had made these last week only :-)Absolutely guilt free....

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  4. Love it! Samosa without the oil!!! Fantastic!!!

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  5. Loved the baked version. Bookmarking this..Thanks

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  6. These look delicious! I have to just find a fitting vegetarian substitute...

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    1. Potatoes and peas are classic in a veggie samosa. Spinach is awesome too!

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  7. Healthy samosas..baking is indeed a great idea..perfect snack on a rainy day :)

    Event:COOK IT HEALTHY:PROTEINicious

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  8. This is like so tempting ....lovely pics ..I have done baking ..the stuffing just yum

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  9. Looks very yum and the baked version is definitely a healthy snack!

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  10. Chicken samosa looks so tempting, liked the baked version and healthy snack item.

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  11. having never tasted a baked samosa...i wud've never thought of baking these had you not mentioned it....really lovely recipe. :)

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  12. Wow the fact that it is baked makes it all the more healthy...crispy n perfect

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  13. looks healthy
    charishma
    http://cheriesstolenrecipes.blogspot.com/

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  14. Wow.. you baked them!! they look so smooth and gorgeous :) will try a veggi version of it soon :)

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  15. WOW...superb recipe..baked samosas looks perfect and delicious...healthy too..:)...

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  16. Do you happen to know how the grams would convert to cups please? Thank you. These look amazing!

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    1. Thanks! Yes, 200 gms all pupose flour would be 2 cups. The standard sized cups we use for drinking tea.

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