What's the best party trick of them all? Bringing fun and unexpected food to a party! I love fusion cuisine and enjoyed trying all version in my travels and hope to try even more when it's safe to travel again. I love scouring the internet for new ideas and found a few for different ways to make samosas. I love samosas but they are very popular and well known to pretty much everyone so not as exciting even though super delicious. I wanted a twist on them and the internet certainly didn't fail me! There were so many fun ways to reinvent the classic samosa but one stuck out at me that I knew I wanted to try. Having been born and raised in Houston, where Tex-Mex is king, making a samosa taquito was the perfect version! I found several methods to these online and have made them a few times now and I think I finally came up with a version that I love.
Now for those of you that haven't done a lot of Indian cooking, the list of ingredients may seem intimidating but if you are interested in trying this and other Indian recipes, I would highly suggest getting an Indian spice container. You will find them at most large Indian grocery stores across the US but you can also find them on amazon. They are very common in most kitchens nowadays and it would be weird for a kitchen in India to not have one. So while the list of ingredients may seem long, most of the spices are all found in one container which makes making Indian food much faster. Here's mine which I love. Ironically, I found this one at World Market when I scored my Indian cooking pots but this was a very long time ago and I haven't seen them there again (I still check now and again). I have two of them but the one pictured below is the one I use the most. I have labeled the ones that I choose to put in mine but each person can determine which spices they use the most.
Having all these spices handy makes cooking Indian recipes a breeze - this one included!
3 small potatoes, boiled, peeled and mashed
2 Tbsp avocado oil, separated
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
1 small Serrano pepper, diced finely (remove membrane and seeds so that it isn't too spicy)
1/2 cup red onion, diced small
1/3 cup green peas, thawed if frozen
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp salt or to taste
1/2 tsp tumeric powder
1/2 tsp fenugreek powder
1/2 tsp red chili pepper
8 Flour tortillas
Preheat the oven to 400F.
On medium heat, warm up 1 Tbsp of oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds until they start sizzling.
Add the green chilies and fry for a few seconds. Then add the onions and sautéed for a few minutes.
Add the potatoes and mix around until everything is incorporated.
Turn the flame off and add in all the spices and mix well. Gently mix in the peas.
Set the filling aside to cool slightly.
In a sheet pan lined with foil, spray liberally with avocado oil. Add 1 Tbsp of oil to the middle of the pan. This oil will be used to coat the taquitos so that they become super crispy!
On a plate, add a tortilla and put approximately 1/3 cup of filling in it. Smush up the filling in the tortilla into a long cylinder shape on one side and then roll up the tortilla into a tight roll. Swish around the taquito in the oil in the pan so all sides are covered and then place it seam side down in the pan.
Repeat until you are out of filling - the amount of taquitos that you end up with will depend on the size of your tortilla. If you run low on oil, give the finished taquitos another spray of avocado oil to coat them.
Lightly sprinkle some sea salt over all the taquitos and put in the pre-heated oven for 20 minutes (depending on your oven's hot spots, you may have to rotate the pan half way through to get even browning).
The samosa taquitos should be brown, flaky, crispy and ready to eat! I like to serve these with my Cilantro Serrano Lime Sauce.
My taste tester ate them all so I am pretty sure that he enjoyed them! If you cut them in half like I did, cut them on a bias (diagonal) for a pretty presentation and to make them easier to pick up and eat. I always try and take these to a dinner party ... they are vegetarian and popular with everyone. Plus it's fun being the most popular person at the party! Enjoy!
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