About this recipe:Beef and potatoes are the main ingredients folded inside these wonderful deep-fried samosas. Chicken livers may be substituted for beef, if you choose. My friend from Bangladesh gave me this savoury, spicy recipe. You just can't buy better in the shops.
2 large potatoes, peeled
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
2 tablespoons (30ml) vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 bay leaf, crushed
2 large onions, finely chopped
500g minced beef
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon ginger, finely grated
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
2 tablespoons chopped green chillies
4 cups (1L) vegetable oil for deep frying
500g package filo pastry
Directions Prep:20min › Cook:40min › Ready in:1hr
Bring a medium saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Stir in potatoes and peas. Cook until potatoes are tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain, mash together and set aside.
In a large saucepan over medium high heat, heat 2 tablespoons oil and brown cumin seeds and bay leaf. Add onions and minced beef and cook, stirring until onions are soft and beef is evenly brown, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, pepper, salt, cumin, coriander, turmeric, chilli powder, cinnamon and cardamom and mix well. Stir in the mashed potato mixture, then remove from heat and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour, or until cool.
Heat oil in a large, heavy saucepan over high heat.
Mix coriander and green chillies through the potato and beef mixture. Cut the filo sheets into 9x30cm strips. Use two strips at a time, keeping the rest covered with a clean damp cloth. Place about 1 tablespoon of the mixture on to the bottom corner of the 2 stacked filo strips and fold the end of the pastry over the filling making a triangular shape. Continue folding up the strip to the top, alternating diagonal and straight folds, and press edges together with moistened fingers.
In small batches, fry samosas until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels and serve warm.