Sin-A-Mon Tales

A chronicle of my kitchen experiments, a little healthy a little indulgent

I am a copycat

And I have become one for the lovely CopyCat event which is hosted by Nupur of One Hot Stove 🙂

So the rules are simple, something u have been wanting to make from a long time but never tried… copy a recipe from a blog….the first thing that came to my mind when I read this was the lovely coconut macaroons that I copied from even lovelier Mandy but then I made samosas a snack that takes me back to my childhood days and granny memories instantly (from baking buddies again 😉 ) and it was a baked version and hence less of calories only added to my delight 😀

Makes: 20-24 Medium Samosas


For the Outer Covering

  • Whole Wheat flour – 1 cup (use finely ground chapati flour)
  • All purpose flour – 1 cup
  • Butter – 1/4 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Water to knead
  • Extra Flour for dusting

For the Filling – 1

  • Green Peas – 1/4 cup parboiled
  • Potatoes – 42(medium) boiled and mashed well
  • Coriander – 2 twigs finely chopped
  • Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
  • Chilli Powder – 1/4 tsp (adjust to taste)
  • Dhaniya powder  –  1 tsp
  • Aamchor powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • jeera seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Oil – 1 tsp

For the Filling – 2

  • Moong Dal 1/2 cup
  • Salt and chilli to taste
  • oil – 1 tsp


  1. Mix the flours and the salt well together
  2. Soften the butter and combine well into the flour mix in the bowl.
  3. Add water little by little to make a firm dough. You do not need to knead it too much. Knead it till the dough comes together to form a ball.
  4. Rest the dough for about half an hour
  5. To prepare the potato filling (no 1) . Heat the oil, add jeera seeds to it  and when they brown add the potato and the dry masalas. Fry for 2 minutes and then cool
  6. To prepare the moong dal filling. Soak the moong dal overnight (or for about 6 hours) and boil till tender but each grain is separate. Drain all the water (it can be used in other dishes. dont waste it has a lot of nutrients). Make sure to drain all the water as the filling has to be dry else it will make the samosas soggy. Heat oil in a pan. Add the moong dal, salt and chilli and fry for 2 minutes. Keep to cool
  7. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C. Grease an oven dish with 1 tbsp Oil or Butter.
  8. Divide the dough into 20 – 24 balls, each about 1 inch in diameter.
  9. Take one ball and shape the samosa with the filling. Samosas can be shaped in two ways: – Roll into a triangle. Place some filling in the center. Bring edges together and seal them to form a pyramid. Pictorial here.
    – Roll into a circle. Cut half way to center on one side. Fill in the filling (I filled half with the potato filling and half with dal) in one semi circle. Shape into cone. Seal edges. Pictorial here.
  10. Repeat with rest of the dough. Place samosas on greased oven dish and Bake at 220 for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

And relish hot with yummy chutneys… Made it as a cocktail snack for a get together and they were a hit a instant heat… 22 of them thats exactly the number that I got, got over in about 30 minutes between 5 people 😉 yeah yeah we are all petos 😀 😀

Incidentally the moong dal filling also takes me back to granny memories… I remember she used to DaryaGanj in Delhi and everytime she would go she would bring some moong dal samosas for us kids and we would love it so much that we would keep on asking her when are u going next…Aren’t childhood memories so precious…

PS: here is yet another friday feast posted on saturday… God please make my days 48hr long

32 comments on “I am a copycat

  1. Phoenixritu
    April 10, 2010

    Monika, I really want to make samosas like the halwais do, big ones. Somehow mine turn out so small. I wonder how one can do that? I add ajwain to the maida before kneading for extra flavor and ease of digestion

    • monikamanchanda
      April 12, 2010

      aaah only if I could do it… this is the first time I ever made samosas in my life dear

      and yeah adding ajwain to these things comes so naturally to me that I even forget to mention it 😉

  2. Imps mom
    April 10, 2010

    Looks yummy mon n baked too :)) sure shot winner!

    and it sure as hell looks want samosa now! 😀

  3. Just call me 'A'
    April 10, 2010

    hello there ;)…i’m back :)…and you my lady are on a roll!!!! i can never catch up with your post…by the time i’m done with one or two backlogs ….there you go again 🙂

    …and I am going to have a feast going through all your recipes and the new exciting links I can see around 🙂

    feels good to be leaving a comment again 🙂

  4. tikulicious
    April 10, 2010

    I am a copy cat too 😀 I copy all your delicious recipies and store them in my laptop :D. this is amazing stuff. got to try as I love samosa but don’t eat much of fried stuff for health reasons. Moong dal is very healthy and I make laddus of it very often. will post recipe.
    I too use ajwain in many such dishes , it gives a great flavor and as Ritu says aids digestion.
    lovely post Monika.
    Keep sharing .

    • monikamanchanda
      April 12, 2010

      thank tiku… yeah i do use moong dal in some many things very healthy stuff

      post the ladoo recipe pretty please

  5. 2Bs mommy
    April 10, 2010

    Yum yum. I prefer baked snacks too but never tried making samosas at home. Once made baked Gujiya for Diwali though ! Turned out really good.

    Yummy post !

    • monikamanchanda
      April 12, 2010

      yeah i have been wanting to make baked gujiyas forever will try it sometime

  6. Goofy Mumma
    April 10, 2010

    Yummu yummy, but for once I don’t care, coz I had the typical desi deep fried ones today!

  7. Reema
    April 10, 2010

    Samosas are my all time favorites 🙂 thanks for the recipe

  8. Nupur
    April 10, 2010

    Hi there- Samosas look delicious but I can’t find a link to the inspiring recipe. For this event, your post needs to be inspired by a recipe from another blog. Please contact me if you need further clarification. Thanks.

  9. Pixie
    April 10, 2010

    Ooh! nice nice!
    I will just deep fry and try not to think of the calories!! 😀

    yes, I wouldn’t mind a 48 hr day either! 😀

  10. mandira
    April 11, 2010

    u tried the recipes!!! thats so cool Mon!!! hang in there a bit… i am getting back to baking soon…will share more recipes then!

    • monikamanchanda
      April 12, 2010

      oh baking buddies is my true buddy i tell u… get it going again

  11. hitesh
    April 12, 2010

    ooooo……..Samosa’s in bengaluru ka so bad……i really miss Delhi ka samosa and chaat…… lick your fingers there……..
    these samosas looks a bit smaller in size………..was that intentional or the picture isn’t showing it correctly?????????

    the read the other blog too……….well i do see a bit of difference in the samosa’s……….yours look more crispy shell……while the other had a thin….shell………
    anyways…….i won’t mind eating anyone of them…….

    i really wish ….man had made one of those things….which can turn the things on your screen into real…….


    • monikamanchanda
      April 12, 2010

      LOL hitesh 🙂 and yeah i made it small in size cause I wanted them to be easy to handle with drinks

  12. Swaram
    April 12, 2010

    I am cmg home Mons 😛

  13. mystic margarita
    April 12, 2010

    Hey! I make baked samosas, too, sometimes when I have company for tea or whenever I crave them! I have, over the years, taken to baking almost everything — from meats to fish and veggies — because they are an healthy option for R, who is genetically prone to high P and cholesterol. The ones you made look droolicious! 🙂

    • monikamanchanda
      April 12, 2010

      yeah baking is easy right… i also make most of my snacks baked now makes u feel less guilty abt eating them

  14. Deeps
    April 12, 2010

    Baked samosas! yummy yum yum!..have never tried them before. will surely do now after reading your recipe.

  15. Pal
    April 13, 2010

    Oh Yummyyy!! Me loves samosas too, but never manage to make them well enough. Btw, Mon, your samosas look so good, I’m surprised it took 30 mins to gobble it down. Had I been there, it would have all disappeared in 10 mins flat :-)))

  16. arunima
    April 21, 2010

    never tried the baked version. looks yummy.

  17. Harshad Joshi
    April 27, 2010

    why didnt i think of it before??

    diet samosas?? 🙂

    you can make similar recipies for almost all fried foods using microwave.

    i would suggest – baked kachori, baked bakarwadi, baked dalbati…wow…!

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