Thursday, May 24, 2007

Weekend Lunch Series: Puff Pastry Samosas with Dips Galore....!

What's a weekend without something spicy and yummy to liven it up a little?
These Puff Pastries with the varieties of accompaniments that I have included here are the perfect way to kick start the weekend!

The recipe for Puff Pastry Samosa is very simple. If you wanted to make this for lunch,say on Saturday or Sunday, make the filling the night before, while defrosting the Puff Pastries overnight and you'll have a meal ready in a short time.

Here is the Basic Filling Recipe:

  • 4- large Potatoes- boiled and cut into large pieces.
  • 1.5- cup - frozen Peas
  • 1- large Onion- chopped
  • 1-large Jalapeño- chopped
  • 1 small piece of Ginger- chopped
  • 1 tbsp- your favorite Masala powder
  • 1 tbsp- Oil
  • Turmeric, Asafoetida, Salt, Sugar, Lemon Juice - to taste
  • 1 small bunch Cilantro - chopped
In a large wide pan, heat oil, Add the asafoetida and the turmeric. Now add the Onions and chopped Jalapeño.
When they turn soft, add the potatoes and the peas with the seasonings. Cook until the Peas are done. Cool and set aside.

For the Puffs: Defrost the Pastry according to package directions and cut into small squares or triangles and fill with the potato-pea filling.
See Picture on right.
Bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes or until its lightly browned. Serve hot with any chutneys or dips.

Now on to the some Dips that makes these Pastry Samosas so much fun to eat! These dips are perfect for get-togethers and small parties.

Roasted Red Pepper Dip with Yogurt:
  • 1 cup roasted red peppers- ( I used jarred ones)
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped, 1 medium onion, chopped
  • salt, pepper and red pepper flakes to taste
Blend all the ingredients in a food processor and serve!
The color is gorgeous and it goes really well with the Puff Samosas.



Spinach-Artichoke and Cheese Dip:
Alton Brown's Classic Recipe! Courtesy Food Network.


You will need:
1 cup thawed, chopped frozen spinach
11/2 cups thawed, chopped frozen artichoke hearts

6 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Boil spinach and artichokes in 1 cup of water until tender and drain. Discard liquid. Heat cream cheese in microwave for 1 minute or until hot and soft. Stir in rest of ingredients and serve hot. This dip is a hit!


The Classic Cilantro- Jalapeno Chutney:


You will need:

2 bunches of Cilantro- chopped coarsely
1 tsp - Cumin Seeds
1 small piece of Ginger- chopped
1-2 large Jalapeños- to your taste, chopped
Fresh Lime Juice, Salt, Sugar - to taste


Blend all the ingredients in a food processor and serve. I add Cumin seeds in this chutney for a lovely taste and texture...!

Winner of the Spring Fling contest and roundup coming next month. Enjoy the weekend.

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35 comments:

Anonymous said...

Trupti if you add handful of peanuts to this chutney, it really tastes better (keeps everything together). I even tried it by adding PB and it worked.

toni said...

This looks very yummy, Trupti. Can't wait to try. =)

Mandira said...

Trupti, I recenlt made the spinach artichike dip, it was delicious. THe puff pastry samosa looks delectable. Quick question about the eggplants, does pressure cooking is make it slimy? I've never tried it, but it looks almost like bharta.

Kribha said...

Looks yummy trupti. I'm a big fan of puffs and artichoke spinach dip. will try it for a party. Thanks for posting this.
BTW, Have you changed your picture? You look different in this.

Seema said...

Trupti,
Ah...Pastry puffs is my all time fav snacks and I have a very fond memory attached with it. When we were in school there was this small bakery called Ganesh bekary on the way back home from school and they carried best spicy veg puffs. We sisters used to save money that mom used to give us for bus/rikshaw and but these puffs and eat it slowly relishing each bite of it and walk home. Ah!!!! how much I miss those dayds. Puffs look very yummy and I loved the dips there. I wanna try the artichoke dip and the pepper dip soon.
Hugs
Seema

Richa said...

love those puffs anytime of the day, bau fine lagey che :) hun red pepper aioli mayo saathey banavu chu, shud try it with dahi next time :) u r soright these wonderful dips make all the difference!

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

Hi Trupti,
Love the Puffs!!! I make them too but we have it with tamarind chutney.. Will try the spinach artichoke soon. Thanx for the recipe! :)

Mishmash ! said...

Awww....I loved this post....all the dips look tempting and I really dont know which one to try first !!

Enjoy the long weekend!

Shn

Asha said...

Puff and dips!! Excellent selection of dips T! Beautiful colors and flavors.YUM!!Great snack for a lazy weekend.Oh wait! Got to go and see Pirates this Sat!:D

Lata said...

They all look excellent. And thanks for posting them all.

Meena Kandlakuti said...

Looks ver very yummy and want to have right away:-) thanks for sharing them

anusharaji said...

omg
those puffs r so fluffy
luv all the dips
y dont u add yogurt to even cilantro dip

Sig said...

Wow Trupti, that indeed is dips galore... :). I'm going to try the roasted red pepper dip, that looks yummy, and i love the taste of roasted peppers!

Roopa said...

wow trupti, the dips look very delicious. my all time favorite the iyengar vegetable puffs. yummy one. you are bringing back my old memory lane.

Sharmi said...

lovely Post. nice pictures. I dont know how to cook artichoke. does it taste good? all the dips look so awesome.

archana said...

Love those puffs and dips Trupti. Samosas are looking too good, but I have no energy to make the pastry from scratch.
But the recipes are nice :)

Kajal said...

WOW....I always ready to eat spicy and this is my desired dish....so cant wait .......with roasted red pepper.........and all this things nice post.:)
Kajal

Coffee said...

They look super gorgeous!!! :) Traney na color to jo!!!!! Loved the red pepper one.... I am going to make that today itself! :)

Vini K said...

Ok,there goes my latest resolution not to eat puff pastry anymore!those samosas look great.amd all the dips too!hmm,looks like I am going to get a pack of puff pastry right away today:)

Anonymous said...

The puffs need to be slightly golden, looks a bit undercooked.

trupti said...

Anon: Peanuts are such a good idea! Thanks, I will try it.

Toni: Yes, do try it it ALL! :)

Mandira: Not Slimey, really...yes, a big mushbecause of the seeds, but its a quick fix,really.

Kribha: yes,I changed the pic.. :)

Thanks ALL for the comments....!

Anon:

I like the puffs just the way i have made them, making them too golden and crispy means a lot of flakes end up on my plate. This way, the puffs hold themselves well. Thank you.

Cynthia said...

This is such a treat Trupti, everything is delectable.

musical said...

Hey Trupti,

thats so many dips, indeed and each one is yummier than the other. With chai, these puffs are gonna' be the best :).

hugs,
surili.

Sandeepa said...

Wow what a spread. Am heading to read the eggplant recipe now

Garrett said...

Oh wow, what a variety of yummy dips. I love the color the cilantro dip gives off.

sunita said...

Wow, look at all those dips...simply mouthwatering...I too make samosas with puff pastry...they taste gorgeous...

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hay first time to ur blog....U have a nice blog...All ur recipes are nice...I love it...

KomChili said...

waiting for you answer about artichoke. pls do let me know.

trupti said...

KomChili,

I am sorry, I must have missed the question, I don't see it anywhere. What was it you wanted to know?

trupti

Dr. Soumya Bhat said...

Trupthi This puffed samosa looks awesome.Love the dips too.Thanks for sharing

Sharmi said...

hey Trupti, very sorry yarr, Komchili is my test blog. never realized that I didn't sign out of it. you must have had a shock looking at it.:)
really sorry. I wanted to know how good artichoke tastes and how it is cooked. sorry again to bother you and you have so much patience. love you for that. thanks

Sweta Gandhi-Shah said...

Hi Trupti,

I've been visiting your blog for a couple of months and have been trying out some great dishes..

The Puff Pastries look yumm..will definitely try them, the cilantro chutney, my mom makes with either some fine sev / yellow Channa added for thickness I believe..it makes the color a more grassy green, but tastes delicious.

Thanks for the lovely recipes

cinderelly said...

those all look delicious! the cilantro chutney looks very simple and i love it...gonna have to try the recipe out!

marriedtoadesi.com said...

Looks yummy!! I have been looking for a spinach artichoke dip recipe. I wish they weren't so rich though (but that's what tastes good!).

Kanch

Prema Sundar said...

puffs look very nice... and the articoke spinach dip too looks lovely. thanks

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