Spring rolls and Samosas just go hand in hand. No small chops at a Nigerian party is complete without those two. Mini Puff Puffs complete the trifecta. For my recipe for Puff puff, click HERE. For tips to making the perfect puff puff, click HERE. I hope this weekend, you will attempt the small chops trifecta in your homes. I am showcasing two methods, based on the shape of your wrapper i.e. either square or round. Samosa’s are slightly more fiddly than spring rolls, so don’t beat yourself up if it doesn’t come out as a perfect triangle. Mine certainly didn’t. back to my dexterity challenge. Hehehehehehehehehe.
You will need
Samosa wrappers – to learn how to make the wrappers click HERE
Your choice of filling
Flour and water to make a paste
Hot oil for frying.
Dooney’s Kitchen tip: here are my store bought wrappers. I got them from an Asian store. It is best you make your own wrappers if you can’t find any Asian stores nearby. Puff pastry which is readily available in supermarkets don’t do as good a job.
Remember to always cover the wrappers (either store bought or homemade) with a damp kitchen cloth to prevent them from getting dry. If frozen, let it defrost naturally
flour and water to form a thick paste. it must be thick enough to be used to seal the edges
For square wrappers
1. Lay one out flat on your work surface
2. Fold it into two equal halves. Fold it towards you. Please ignore the picture i.e. I folded it away from me and it didn’t work, until I realised i was supposed to fold it towards me. I forgot to take a picture when I corrected it.
3. Take the left edge and lift it up
4. Lift it up further towards the other end and watch how the fold is beginning to look like a triangle
5. Lay it flat till it forms a triangle. It is important that the base of the triangle is lying flat on the same line as the other end, while the tip of the triangle is lying at the other end. In this picture, you can see that the very first fold of step 2 was made facing me.
6. Now take the other tip of the triangle, lift it up
7. and fold it down till the tip you were holding in Step 6 is now touching the other end. Now you have two triangle, facing each other i.e. their tips are opposite each other, left and right
5. It would be best if you turn it slightly such that the tips are facing up and down, like the picture below
6. Take your flour paste and apply on the first layer of the lower triangle. After applying, flip it up, such that it now rests on the tip of the upper triangle.
This now leaves you with one more layer.
7. Apply the flour paste on that last layer. You can choose to apply either at the edges alone
or right across the entire triangle
8. Once applied, flip it over, so that you now have one triangle.
9. Lift the triangle off the work surface, with the tip on the left sitting down, such that you can see the pocket of the triangle to fill
10. Add the filling of your choice
11. Then using your fingers, apply the flour paste on V part above and inside the base of the triangle, just above where the filling stops
12. Press down, such that the base of the triangle closes, and there is no more gap, and then you flip the upper part down, thereby sealing it. Don’t worry if your first few ones are not pretty, you will soon get the hang of it. I feel these pictorial illustrations are better than watching a video, because I had to pause the video like 15 times and continue.
13. Heat up oil in a deep pan, fry a few test batches to test the temperature of the oil, before you fry a big batch.
For Round of Circular wrappers
1. Cut the wrapper into two equal halves
2. Take one half and lie it across such that the straight line part is facing you and the rounded edge is away from you. Flip one edge towards the middle
3. and flip the other edge towards the middle too such that you now have a triangle
4. Lift it up with the tip towards the bottom of your palm.
5. Add any filling of your choice and seal the edges. Please scroll back up to Step 12 above to see how to seal a samosa
6. Fry in hot oil till golden brown
………………..and you have your gorgeous Samosa. Serve with Rodo Jam. Recipe for Rodo Jam, click HERE
see, my samosas weren’t exactly perfect, but they still passed muster and tasted great
Colour golden, pair with rodo jam and I tell you, no party small chops will top that
Now, you can make your own samosas