Saturday, May 1, 2010

Samosa Tacos. Huh?

We love potato and pea stuffed samosas here, but they’re a special occasion food because they take hours to prepare with all the stuffing, folding and frying. This is my way to enjoy our favorite samosa filling without the hassle. I still make real samosas occasionally, but now we eat them much more often as a quick weeknight meal.

Samosa Tacos

If you’re up for the extra prep, these “tacos” are even better with a little cucumber raita drizzled on top. If not, don’t worry about it, they’re excellent plain.

2 pounds Russet potatoes
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more for water
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste
Lots of freshly ground black pepper
2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 cup frozen petite green peas
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, minced
Taco sized flour tortillas, store bought or homemade

1. Peel and cube potatoes into a pot of cold water. Drain water once all the potatoes are sliced, and refill to 1 inch above potatoes with more cold water. Heavily salt the water and bring to a gentle boil until the potatoes pierce easily with a fork.

2. Drain potatoes well in a colander and place back in the pot. Turn on the stove to low and evaporate the liquid in the bottom of the pot and then turn off the heat. Add all the spices and olive oil and mash leaving some small chunks throughout. Stir in the frozen peas and cilantro and serve on tortillas.

Recipe & picture by Laura Flowers.


shaz said...

Now that's what I call cross-culturalism. And it sounds mighty tasty too. Way to go Laura.

Rachel Cotterill said...

Ooh that's clever. Yum! I love samosa filling.

Sook said...

What a clever idea! Instead of frying the dough, eat them like tacos. A lot healthier, I am sure. I love samosa fillings. I will have to try it your way. Yum!

Veronica said...

Why you clever little minx! Brilliant. Very cool veg meal.

s said...

It's nice to see that I am not crazy! I made baked samosa flautas in March, as posted on my blog. And according to my Indian friend, her mother uses flour tortillas to make fried samosas as well. It's so much easier and healthier.

Wheels and Lollipops said...

Very clever idea ! Going to add this to our menu next week

MmmTasty said...

That is a brilliant idea! I love Samosas, but am never willing to fry them. (For the 'crunch', I will just replace the soft Wheat Tortillas with crispy Corn Taco Shells) My next thought, as soon as I saw this: fusion-style Vada Pav!!

Deena Mehta said...

This is a great idea. My husband is Indian, and his family serves rotli (much like a tortilla) at every meal, with various vegetable or potato dishes. They laughed when I immediately formed a taco from the rotli instead of tearing and scooping like the rest of them. "Eat it however you like, as long as you enjoy!" they told me. Mexican food is also a favorite of my husband, so when he saw your photo and caption on tastespotting he was hooked and wanted me to make it.

The Cooking Photographer said...

I'm so happy your husband isn't too ashamed of this recipe to try it lol! I hope you both like this one.

Elizabeth-W said...

Just found you. Great pics! I do this, too, only, I brush the tortillas with a tiny bit of butter, and make them as you would a quesadilla.

Jamie said...

Oh man, Laura, this is brilliant! Love samosa filling but the work of folding them into filo is horrid! This is just brilliant or did I already say that? Must try!

Chef Fresco said...

Very unique taco! Are samosas just the combo of ingredients? Never heard of them. Sure looks tasty though!

Lori said...

Oh, this is so exciting, I've just written a post on the evolution and popularity of samosas, and now I just need to go in and link to this post, it fits perfectly.

I love tacos and I love samosas, so this post is right up my alley!!


The Cooking Photographer said...

Glad I could help Lori! I love samosas. I'm looking forward to your post!


JoElla Fiorella said...

These were so good. Quick, creative, and delicious. Thank you so much.

Melissa said...

They make naan available in the bakery department of most grocery stores and while home-made is definitely much better, I cannot for the life of me manage to make a good naan. Anyhow getting to my point...I bet these would be fabulous In naan also!

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