Onion samosas are a bite sized savoury snack which are filled with onions in a crisp flaky pastry. These are also popular as Irani Samosas and are a popular street food from the royal city of Hyderabad .
Samosas originated in the Middle East where they were called Sambusak and were brought to India in the thirteenth century . If you Explore the Flavors of Street Food you will observe that Samosas are a popular snack all over the country , though each state has its own variety . We have different stuffings for these samosas the potato and peas being the most popular . We also get samosas in different sizes , the Punjabi samosas are nice and big , unlike the onion samosas which are quite small .
Hyderabad is very popular for these onion samosas . The onions are sliced and a little flattened rice is added to it to absorb the juices from onions which is oozed out after adding salt and spices . The stuffing is tucked into a mini cone made from all purpose flour . I used ready made samosa sheets , but one can make these sheets at home too , these are then fried to a crisp golden .
The onion samosas are normally sold by vendors moving from one place to the other on bicycles . These are sold in sets of five samosas and priced at RS 5 . Of course these are also available in restaurants and Irani cafes along with chai or tea . It is interesting to know that the onion samosas are also called Patti samosas and Chota Samosas . Patti Samosas because they are made from patti which is sheets . Chota Samosas because they are small . The other variety of stuffings are keema , corn and daal .
6 Samosa pattis
1 large onion , sliced
1/2 cup thin poha
1 tsp red chilly powder
1/4 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp dry mango powder
1” ginger , finely chopped
2-3 tbsp coriander leaves , finely chopped
2 tbsp all purpose flour
1 tbsp water
Mix the sliced onion , poha , red chilly powder , garam masala, ginger , salt and coriander leaves .
Mix with your hands , so that the juice from onions is oozed out and soaks the poha.
Keep the stuffing aside .
Mix the flour and water and make a smooth paste.
Preparing the samosas
Take a samosa strip and form a cone at one corner .
Fill in the prepared stuffing .
Now fold the strip over the cone and just go around folding .
Seal with the prepared glue .
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Brush the samosas with oil .
You could now deep fry , bake or use a air fryer to get them crisp and golden .
I used an airfryer and preheated it for 3 minutes at 180 .
After that put them in the airfryer basket and fried them for 4 minutes ,have them a stir and fried for another 4 minutes .
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