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Aloo Samosa’s

In Appetizers, Favorite Recipes, Vegetarian on June 19, 2011 at 1:45 pm


Spending an afternoon listening to the rain with a cup of hot milky tea and samosa’s. This was a frequent treat in our home which I’ve realized my 15 month old will devour. This recipe is not spiced heavily – perfect for young ones developing their palate. A couple of cheats to make great samosa is to make sure the mixture is not oily. Cooking the onions makes the flavor mellow and not overpowering in these delicate little parcels.


Aloo Samosa

makes 8 – 10


Two medium-sized baked potato’s

Half of an onion

Two garlic cloves

fresh or frozen pea’s 1/4 cup

Few leaves of cilantro

1 tsp cumin

salt to taste


Dice onions finely and saute till translucent, add chopped garlic to he onion. Then add the pea’s. Cook for 1 – 2 minute till fragrant, set aside.

Chop potatoes into 1/4th inch cubes or alternatively use a potato press. Chop cilantro. Add the onion garlic mixture to the chopped potato. (You don’t want the filling to be oily).

Make samosa’s folding spring roll wrappers into a triangular pocket, filling the pocket with the aloo. You can use a slurry of flour and water to seal the edges. Fry in hot oil.

My little girl gobbles them up with ketchup 🙂



Baba Ganoush

In Appetizers, Favorite Recipes on October 11, 2010 at 1:40 am


1 pound eggplant( 3 Japanese eggplants or 1 large eggplant)

2 cloves garlic
Juice of 1 to 2 lemons – I used 2 lemons,
2 tablespoons tahini – stir it well first
1/4 bunch of parsley (optional)
Salt & pepper to taste


Grill whole eggplant on stove top or barbecue grill. The skin should be blackened. Slice off the stem end, let cool until you can handle it. Scope the flesh off the skin. Discard the skin.

In a food processor, mix the eggplant flesh with all the remaining ingredients and process til smooth.

Makes 1 1/4 cups