Cooking Adventures; Baked Samosas (Vegan and nonvegan)

Tok, tok, tok, was the steady rhythmic sound you could hear as stone clashed against stone…

Mortar and Pestle ginger&garlic paste

Grinding garlic and ginger in my granite mortar and pestle

 

The mortar and pestle did an excellent job of turning the trapped cubes of garlic and ginger into a smooth aromatic paste.

It didn’t stop there, I scooped out the fragrant paste, rinsed and dried the heavy granite mortar bowl and filled it with dry ingredients. Once again, I vigorously pounded everything within my granite mortar and pestle. Our kitchen was filled with the heady aroma of spices and herbs as their oils were slowly released…

Me Making somosas_1

Preparing the dough for our samosa’s

 

I find preparing meals to be quite therapeutic, which might explain why we rarely go out to eat. I’ve been to many fine restaurants, but I find that I can replicate (and in many cases surpass) what I’ve had in those ritzy eating establishments.

 

The beauty of preparing meals at home, I control what goes into the food. Additionally I keep a clean kitchen, wash properly, so am not thinking, I hope this place is clean. Also making my own food gives me a chance to do something I truly enjoy,  getting creative in the kitchen.

On the menu was samosa’s, during the day (while going about my a work activities) I spent some time thinking about what types of samosas I wanted to prepare. I finally settled on two versions; spicy potato samosa and beef samosa; vegan and non-vegan.

Somosa balls_1

Samosa dough ready to be flattened

 

The dough was made with flour, water, oil and freshly ground cumin & sea salt.

 

Making beef somosas_1

Flattening the samosa’s with my favorite rolling pin

 

These were quickly and efficiently flattened out with my trusty rolling pin. This rolling pin is older than myself and was actually my aunts rolling pin. She’s the one that passed away from a brain tumor. I’ve had this pin for years and it’s my all time favorite.

 

Making beef somosas_2

Stuffed samosa ready to be covered then put into the oven for baking

 

The time flew by while preparing these samosas and it usually does since I have awesome company, my daughter.

I could have fried these samosas, but I didn’t since I’m not a fan of fried food. These were baked in the oven. Their aroma filled the room and much before they were ready, my daughter was clamoring for a samosa to sample. Soon, soon… I told her. Was it worth the wait? I’d like to think so, my daughter demolished two.. she ate the spicy potato samosa first and then moved onto the beef samosa. She said they both were good!

I can’t speak for the beef samosa’s but I do know my potato samosa was extremely flavorful. Because of the flour content, I rarely eat flour based products, but sometimes, I make an exception. ;)

 

5 Responses to Cooking Adventures; Baked Samosas (Vegan and nonvegan)

  1. Jennifer says:

    I was thinking about getting one ‘just for garlic and ginger’…I think it would be ideal for those! LOVE the macro shots! AND THE HAIR!!!!! yay! Photos of your locks! Looking awesome!

    The Samosa’s looks great! I’m a fan of them! Haven’t had them in a while – just might have to make some – at some point :) What kind of Flour did you use?
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    Opal Reply:

    @Jennifer, Make sure you get a pestle large enough for more than garlic and ginger. Nothing beats freshly ground herbs and spices… even the premium spice and herb brands can’t compare to the flavor of freshly ground items.
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    Opal Reply:

    @Jennifer, I used brown rice flour, that I’d ground in my mortar and pestle.
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  2. suituapui says:

    Oooo….you even make your own skin!!! Amazing! I think here, they will just use the frozen spring roll skin that is sold at the supermarkets.
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    Opal Reply:

    @suituapui, Indeed I do, in fact I need to purchase another manual pasta machine. The ones I have are used in jewelry making. They do a great job of ‘setting’ some of the jewelry I make.
    Opal recently posted..Cooking Adventures: Homemade Sausage & Pesto

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