Cooking with children Indian Food
Cooking with children Indian Food
Cooking with children Indian food is great fun. They can learn all about the country and the special ingredients which they use. Especially when they are small bytes of samosas which they can serve themselves.
Cooking with children Indian Food- CHOCOLATE SAMOSA
12-15 tbsp water
40 rectangular sheets of spring roll/samosa pastry measuring approx. 5cm by 20cm
250g chocolate, roughly chopped
1 In a bowl combine the flour and water to form a ‘gloopy’ paste. If it’s too thick add a bit more water or if it’s too runny then add a bit more flour – adjust until you get the desired consistency.
2 Take 2 rectangles of pastry (one on top of the other, keep them together throughout) and place it on the work surface horizontally.
3 Spread some of the paste along the left hand edge and half way along the top edge (so basically a right-angle of paste along the left side of the rectangle). Take hold of the top left corner and fold towards you in a diagonal, until the corner you’re holding meets the bottom edge (the bottom left corner should now have ended up folded past the bottom edge).
4 Spread paste along the remaining half of the top edge and fold this in a diagonal across the previously folded region to form a point at the top, making sure the edges align.
5 Flip it around – you should find that you’ve created a ‘pocket’. Spoon in some of the chopped chocolate (how much will depend on the size of your pocket and size of the chocolate chunks, but try not to over fill).
6 Spread paste over the regions of pastry outside the pocket, and fold the triangle of filling continuously across the length of pastry in a ‘flip flop’ until you get to the end. Make your folds as tight as possible, making sure all point are sealed off and be careful not to let any filling spill out.
7 Repeat previous steps until all the pastry sheets have been used.
8 Fry in hot oil for approx. 5 minutes or until they’ve turned golden brown on the outside or put in the oven for about 15 minutes. Best served warm.
The pastry I use come in stacked layers of approx. 20cm by 20cm. I cut mine into quarters to create rectangles of approx. 5cm by 20cm and peel off 2 layers of pastry for each samosa.
Cooking with children Indian food- CHICKEN SAMOSAS
• All purpose flour 1 cup
• Salt 1/2 tsp
• Oil 2 tbsp
• Milk 1/2 cup
• Cumin seeds 1 tsp crushed
• For the chicken filling: Boneless chicken breast 200 gm
• Chilli flakes or black pepper powder 1 tbsp
• Onions 2 finely chopped
• Salt to taste
• Oil 1 tbsp
• Garam masala powder 1 tbsp
• Coriander 1 tsp, crushed coarsely
• Garlic finely chopped 2 to 3 cloves
• Coriander leaves finely chopped 1 handful
• Green peas 1 small cup (Optional)
• Extra oil for deep frying the samosas
1 Make a smooth dough out of all the ingredients listed for making it and leave it covered for 30 minutes.
2 Heat oil and saute the garlic along with the onions.
3 Add the chicken cut into small pieces.
4 Add all the masalas and the green peas as well.
5 Stir fry for about 6 to 7 minutes.
6 Garnish with coriander and let it cool down.
7 Make samosas out of the dough.
8 Fill them up with the chicken mix and deep fry.
9 Serve hot with any dip of your choice.
Cooking with children Indian food- VEGETABLE SAMOSAS
1 cup peeled, cubed potatoes (use refrigerated potatoes, such as Simple Potatoes to save time)
2 tablespoons. canola oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
3/4 cup frozen peas and carrots
1 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
Kosher salt to taste
1 sheet frozen puff pastry
1,- Remove puff pastry from freezer and let it sit out at room temperature, about 40 minutes. Preheat oven to 190 degrees.
2,- Place potatoes in a medium saucepan. Cover completely with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low. Let simmer 10-15 minutes until fork tender.
3,- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, 4-5 minutes.
4,- Add peas and carrots, garam masala and curry powder to skillet. Cook 3-4 minutes. Add potatoes and salt. Cook, stirring, another 2-3 minutes until flavors meld. Remove from heat.
5,- Have a small bowl of water and a pastry brush next to your work surface. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray. On a lightly floured surface, unfold puff pastry. Cut into 9 equal rectangles.
6,-Place about 1 tablespoon of filling in the center of each rectangle. Dip the pastry brush in the water, and wet one long side and one short side of each rectangle. Fold over like a triangle to seal in filling.
7,- Place samosas on prepared baking sheet. Bake 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown.
Cooking with children Indian Food.