Festivals bring on two emotions: joy and happiness…of being with family and friends celebrating with the choicest of traditional sweets and savouries. But now things are a little different, aren’t they? We no longer want to have the deep fried samosas and mawa burfis. We can substitute it with a healthy samosa recipe, just read on!
A change for the better is always welcome. We can bake our samosas and karanjis with ease and make halwas less sweeter. Like try the Gajar Halwa Sugarfree and Date and Anjeer Baked Karanji. We can substitute refined flour with whole wheat flour. Some sweets can be made using sugar substitutes whereas dates are a good addition as a sweetener too. Even ice cream is tastier and healthier with fresh fruit puree.
We realize that it is better to stress on use of less oil, less trans fat and less sugar. It holds true for all age groups.
How to make Baked Samosa: Mix 140 grams whole-wheat flour (atta), 1/2 teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain), 1/4 teaspoon salt to make the pastry. Add 65 millilitres water and knead to a smooth, stiff dough. Let it rest, covered with a damp cloth, for 10–15 minutes. Heat a non-stick pan and lightly roast 1 teaspoon cumin seeds. Add 1 inch chopped ginger, 3-4 chopped green chillies and 2 chopped potatoes and stir. Add 1 teaspoon red chilli powder, 1 teaspoon mango powder, 1 teaspoon garam masala and ¼ teaspoon salt. Stir well. Sprinkle over a little water and cook, covered, for 10–12 minutes. Add 75 grams blanched green peas and cook for 5 minutes on a low heat. Add 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves and mix. Let the mixture cool and divide into eight portions. Preheat the oven to 200° C/400°F/ Gas mark 6. Divide the dough into four equal portions and roll them into balls. Then roll them into oval-shaped rotis (15 cm length, 12.5 cm width across the centre). Cut them in half and dampen the edges with water. Shape each half into a cone and stuff it with the potato-and-peas filling. Seal the edges well. Arrange the samosas on a baking tray and bake in the oven at 180°C for 20–25 minutes, turning them every 5 minutes.
Enjoy this healthy samosa recipe and await some more in this same space!