Thursday, December 1, 2016

Fulkopir Singara / Cauliflower Samosa

Each and every member of my family is a certified and dedicated tea-holic. Not that it does any good for their health and life (rather the opposite)...but they religiously drink tea, boiling them mercilessly in creamy full fat milk and finally dunking some good amount of lumps of sugar into it. Tea is made into big batches...because a small cuppa “chai”...is too lame for them. So there are big mugs in our home, shining brightly on the racks along with the crockery. These mugs are filled till their neck and then served to the respective persons. Once in the morning, once in the noon, once in the evening and once after that. Not to mention, there are small servings in between this routine, simply because someone is having a thought about tea or having a headache...the excuses are simply endless.


how to make Fulkopir Singara / Cauliflower Samosa / phulkopir singara recipe and preparation with step by step pictures

how to make Fulkopir Singara / Cauliflower Samosa / phulkopir singara recipe and preparation with step by step pictures

how to make Fulkopir Singara / Cauliflower Samosa / phulkopir singara recipe and preparation with step by step pictures

how to make Fulkopir Singara / Cauliflower Samosa / phulkopir singara recipe and preparation with step by step pictures

Living with all these tea freaks...the only perk that kept me alive were the snacks and the biscuits that came with those mugs of tea. Samosa / Singara being one of them. Generally it is the simple spicy potato filling all throughout the year...but as soon as the winter comes, it magically transcends into a spicy and sweet cauliflower filling with a little crunch from the peanuts. I was one of those ridiculous creatures who realized winter is here from the cauliflower stuffing in the samosa / singara.

how to make Fulkopir Singara / Cauliflower Samosa / phulkopir singara recipe and preparation with step by step pictures
Heat oil and add the cumin seeds. Let them sizzle.
how to make Fulkopir Singara / Cauliflower Samosa / phulkopir singara recipe and preparation with step by step pictures
Add the blanched cauliflower florets and cook until they become nicely golden.
how to make Fulkopir Singara / Cauliflower Samosa / phulkopir singara recipe and preparation with step by step pictures
Add the parboiled potatoes.
how to make Fulkopir Singara / Cauliflower Samosa / phulkopir singara recipe and preparation with step by step pictures
Add the turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt. 
how to make Fulkopir Singara / Cauliflower Samosa / phulkopir singara recipe and preparation with step by step pictures
Add the green peas and cook until the cauliflower florets are soft and cooked.
how to make Fulkopir Singara / Cauliflower Samosa / phulkopir singara recipe and preparation with step by step pictures
Add ginger paste, chopped green chillies, ground cumin seeds, ground coriander seeds, garam masala powder and peanuts.
how to make Fulkopir Singara / Cauliflower Samosa / phulkopir singara recipe and preparation with step by step pictures
Add the chopped coriander leaves and lime juice.
how to make Fulkopir Singara / Cauliflower Samosa / phulkopir singara recipe and preparation with step by step pictures
Mix and stir and switch off the flame.
how to make Fulkopir Singara / Cauliflower Samosa / phulkopir singara recipe and preparation with step by step pictures

Fulkopir Singara / Phulkopir Singara / Cauliflower Samosa
Makes about 10 singara / samosa

how to make Fulkopir Singara / Cauliflower Samosa / phulkopir singara recipe and preparation with step by step pictures

Ingredients:

For the wrapping:
2 cups of all purpose flour
1 tsp nigella seeds
1/2 tsp carom seeds 
A pinch of salt
4 tbsp oil
Warm water to mix and knead the dough

For the filling:
1 medium potato – peeled, cubed and parboiled
1 small cauliflower – cut into small florets
A handful of green peas
A handful of fresh coriander leaves – chopped
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp roasted and ground cumin seeds
1 tsp roasted and ground coriander seeds
1 tsp garam masala powder
Juice of 1 lime
1 inch ginger – paste
2 green chillies – chopped
A handful of peanuts
A handful of golden raisins
Salt
2-3 tbsp oil

Method:
First make the dough.
Take the flour in a large bowl and make a well inside it.
Pour the oil and gently mix it with the flour to give it a crumbly texture.
Next add the salt and warm water to collect all the dough in one place. Add water in small portions so that you can control the texture of the dough. Too much water will make the dough sticky and call for more flour.
Once all flour comes together start kneading the dough with the back of your palm and knead it until you have a smooth lump of flour.
Finally add the nigella seeds and carom seeds and knead a little more to spread them evenly.
Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and keep the dough aside.
Make the filling:
Fill a big pot with some water and let it come to a boil.
Add the cauliflower florets and blanch them for 2-3 minutes. Drain the water and keep those florets aside.
Heat the oil in a  kadai and add the cumin seeds to them. As the seeds start to sizzle add the blanched cauliflower florets and sprinkle some salt over them.
Stir and cook the cauliflower florets until they become a little golden.
Add the parboiled potatoes and give a good stir to mix.
Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, ground cumin seeds and coriander powder.
Add the green peas, ginger paste, chopped green chillies and peanuts.
Stir and cook until the cauliflower florets are nice and soft.
Finally taste and adjust the seasonings.
Finish off with the garam masala powder, fresh coriander leaves and a good squeeze of lime juice.
Make the samosa / singara:
Take the dough and make 5 large balls from them.
Roll them into a large medium thick chapatti and cut the chapatti into half.
Take one of those halved portion and give it a shape of the cone.
Stuff 1 tbsp of the filling inside the seal the edges. There is a little fold that you have to do when you are sealing the edges and that small nudge gives your sinaga or samosa the classic traditional shape. But that portion is really difficult to explain and understand in words. You can follow this video to make that traditional samosa shape.
Fry the samosa / singara:
Take enough oil to deep fry and keep the flame on low to medium.
The oil should not be too hot.
Put the samosas inside the oil in small batches and fry until they become golden brown. It takes 10-12 minutes to properly fry the singara or samosa. If you cook it any shorter, the crust will not be cooked from the inside. Switch the flame from low to medium and from medium to low, as required, to keep the temperature of the oil in control.

Serve the hot singara / samosa with ketchup or chutney of your choice. 

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