Baked Samosas with Sprouted Moong Filling

Every culture has a version of samosas – fried or baked pastry with savory fillings like potatoes, peas, or ground meats. My mom used to make samosas from scratch, and they were always served hot for the guests. Our little family would turn into a small commercial enterprise. I would roll the pastries, my little sister would put the filling in, and my mom will fry the samosas. Dad was the floor manager taking out the hot fried samosas to our beloved guests. Traditionally, samosas are deep fried, but I think the baked version tasted even better! Guilt free samosas? Count me in!

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When the issue of obesity in the western world is discussed, the media is quick to point out restaurants as the culprit. They are serving too many fried foods, with too many bad calories. In my opinion, an even bigger issue is how dramatically the home-made food has changed. In most homes, long gone are the days of starting with fresh ingredients, and preparing fresh meals. The frozen meals section at the grocery store is packed with pre-packaged meals, ready to be popped in the microwave. Hot Pockets, Frozen Pizzas, even microwave ready French Fries are the new norm of home cooking.

Anup and I used to buy frozen samosas to be fried at home, before we decided to make a change in our diet. The first thing we learned to avoid was the frozen meals section. In fact, I can’t recall the last time I bought anything in that aisle. Once we let go on the “convenience” of buying pre-packaged meals, we started learning healthy recipes which were easy to make. With minor changes to the recipes, you can turn your favorite comfort foods into healthy foods.

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I have used sprouted spelt flour for the dough. Spelt has fewer calories than wheat flour and is somewhat higher in protein. Spelt is also easier to digest. Sprouted Moong is a nutrition packed food that’s not commonly used in the western kitchens. Sprouting any beans makes their proteins easily digestible and it turns their starch into natural sugars giving them a slightly sweeter taste. Sprouted Moong are also low in calories.

Samosas pair nicely with the tartness in a tomato ketchup. The problem with the store bought tomato ketchup is that the ingredient list sounds more like a chemistry experiment than food! The high fructose corn syrup used to give a longer shelf life to tomato ketchup has a number of adverse effects on our bodies. In addition to this, the standard ketchup is high in sodium and sugar content. So, I decided to make a home made tomato ketchup. You can refrigerate this ketchup for up to 1 month with a tight lead on the bottle, and no chemicals here!

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Moong Bean Sprouts: Throughly wash the beans. Soak for 8-10 hours or overnight in a bowl of lukewarm water. After soaking, rinse them in clean water. Put beans in double folded wet cheesecloth and wrap them in the cloth loosely. Put it in the colander. Sprinkle some water on the cloth twice a day. Beans should usually sprout in 2-3 days. They are ready when the tails are 1/4 to 1/2 inch long. You can store them in the fridge up to 2 days.

Baked Samosas with Sprouted Moong Filling

Cook time:

Recipe

2 cups sprouted moong
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 small onion chopped
4 cloves garlic chopped
1/2 inch ginger chopped

spice mix – grind all the spices in grinder
1 tbsp cumin seeds
6 cloves
4 pods cardamom
1 tsp black peppercorns
1 tsp hot paprika powder
1 tsp tumeric powder
1 tbsp salt

1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1 juice of lime
1 cup of fresh cilantro leaves – chopped

Heat coconut oil in a large non-stick pan on medium heat. Add onions and stir them frequently until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, ginger and spice mix. Cook until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Add sprouted moong, mix them well with the spices and cook for 5-6 minutes until halfway cooked, it should still have some crunch.

Transfer mix to another bowl and let it cool for 10 minutes. Now add raisins, sesame seeds, coconut, cilantro leaves and lime juice. Mix it well. Check for seasoning.

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Dough

2 cup sprouted spelt flour
2 tbsp ghee/oil
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup cold water – as needed

In a big bowl, combine flour, salt and ghee. Add water gradually while kneading the dough by hand. You might need more flour or water depending on flour. Knead dough until it forms a ball. Let it rest for 20 minutes. You can also use food processor to knead the dough.

Heat oven to 325°F degrees.

Now, knead the dough one more time, and divide dough in two halfs. Roll out each half out on lightly floured surface into about 1/8 inch thick circular shape. Using cookie cutter or edge of the bottle or glass cut out 4 inches circles. Place about 1 tbsp of filling in centre of circle, brush edge of circle with water and put other circle disk on top. Press edges using a fork to seal.

Brush the samosas with coconut oil and sprinkle some sesame seeds on top. Bake until well browned and crisp, about 25-30 minutes. Serve with home made tomato ketchup.

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Tomato Ketchup:

1 can of good quality whole peeled tomatoes
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp cloves powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp salt

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add cinnamon stick, cloves powder, cayenne pepper and cook for 15 seconds until fragrant. Add tomatoes, bring mixture to boil and lower the heat to low and simmer. Stir occasionally until mixture gets thick and dark, about an hour. Add honey and salt, let it cool. Remove the cinnamon stick and make a smooth puree in blender. Pour cooled ketchup in to jar and refrigerate.

Comments

  1. says

    i am a major fan of samosas, they’re like egg/spring rolls.
    i really appreciate that these are baked, although i have no qualms about eating them deep fried.
    i’ve been on a kick lately of making comforting foods in excess and portion off the extra to freeze. that becomes our frozen meals later when i’m too busy or lazy to cook.

  2. says

    What a great twist on samosas. I’ve never tried spelt flour , is it gluten-free (I’d imagine it is). Love sprouts too.
    I am trying so hard to cook meals at home, although I’ve never been a frozen food person ever, I do reach for convenience foods (pizzas and what nots) outside every so often. Your blog is a great inspiration every time I find myself slacking from the good eating habits.

    • says

      Thanks Archana, Spelt is a species of wheat, so spelt and spelt flour are not gluten-free. Sprouts are delicious and I use them in everything! Salads, soups etc.

  3. says

    So, no kidding, Tim and I made sprouted spelt handpies this morning, and, as we were mixing our vegetable filling, Tim said something about how we should try Indian spices next time. Then I see this! Brilliant! Your samosas look lovely.

  4. says

    Awesome! I’ve always felt that samosas need to be in a more user friendly shape and baking them as well as using moong instead of potatoes amps up the health factor. Is the pastry crisp like in conventional samosas?

    • says

      The Pastry certainly has crunch! You will have a more smoother and fluffier texture with the refined flour, especially if you are frying your samosas.

  5. says

    I’m loving your version of a healthier and wholesome samosa. You are so right to point out about how frozen meals has taken charge in so many home kitchens these days. Its a rarity these days to sight comfort foods that are prepped from scratch at home, with wholesome ingredients.

  6. says

    Spelt is a grain I love and use a lot. Quite impressed at these simple guilt free samosas.
    I love feeding the boys whole grains and down home cooking. They love simple, fresh and healthy food as much as I do. Frozen meals are an absolute NO NO.

  7. says

    Hi Medha! These look amazing! And you are totally right about the so-called health food. It’s incredible actually how little (most) people seem to care or even know about what to eat and how to treat their body in order to stay healthy. With every post I think, you help the world get a little bit healthier!

  8. says

    Oh my goodness I LOOOOOVE samosas!! One of my favorite Indian foods! But I always feel so bad after eating them because of all the grease…these look so lovely and healthy! Bookmarking!

  9. Mim Italiano says

    I was on Google looking for gluten free cracker recipes and happened upon your website and these Baked Samosa’s. Can I just say WOW and OMG this is exactly what I have been looking for!! I cant wait to print out my recipes and start baking. Thank you so much for a great well laid out web page that makes navigating a pleasure and not a minefield.

    Happy Cooking!

    Mim

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