Pan-Fried Potato Samosas

For these easy mini samosas, Akasha cleverly uses the gyoza wrappers sold in the freezer section of many supermarkets. Sautéing them in a pan instead of deep-frying them makes them simpler and healthier.

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  • Servings: Makes about 3 dozen samosas

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  • 3 medium Yukon Gold potatoes (1 1/4 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons black mustard seeds
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 small serrano or jalapeño chile, seeded and minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground dried mango
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Cornstarch, for dusting
  • 36 to 40 gyoza wrappers
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Tamarind Date Dipping Sauce

How to make this recipe

  1. Put the potatoes in a medium saucepan, cover with cold water and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat until tender, about 25 minutes. Drain and let cool slightly. Peel the potatoes and cut them into 1/2-inch dice.

  2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Skim off the foam, then slowly pour the clear melted butter into a large nonstick skillet set over moderately high heat, stopping when you reach the milky residue. Add the mustard seeds and cook until they begin to pop, about 30 seconds. Add the onion, ginger, garlic and coriander and cook over moderate heat until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Add the chile, ground dried mango, garam masala and potatoes and cook for 5 minutes, stirring and mashing gently. Remove the skillet from the heat, stir in the cilantro and season with salt and pepper.

  3. Line a baking sheet with wax paper and dust it lightly with cornstarch. Working with 3 gyoza wrappers at a time and keeping the rest covered with plastic wrap, brush the edges with water. Spoon 2 teaspoons of the potato filling into the center of each wrapper. Fold the wrappers in half over the filling, pressing out any air bubbles and sealing the edges. Gently press the samosas so they stand upright with the seam on top, then transfer them to the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling.

  4. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large nonstick skillet. Add half of the samosas and cook over moderately high heat until sizzling and slightly browned. Add 1/4 cup of water, cover and steam until the wrappers are tender, about 2 minutes. Uncover and cook until the water is evaporated and the samosas are golden on the bottom, about 1 1/2 minutes longer. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining oil, samosas and water. Serve with the tamarind sauce.

Make Ahead

The samosas can be refrigerated overnight or frozen in a single layer, then transferred to an airtight container and frozen for up to 1 month. There's no need to thaw before cooking.

Published January 2004

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