Dry Samosa
Dry Samosa is a spicy and crispy triangles stuffed with dry mixture of crushed gathiya, spices and dry fruits. It is a perfect light and tasty snack that can satisfy your urge for something spicy and stomach filling whenever you are hungry. This recipe uses coarse gathiya powder as base ingredient for flavorful stuffing, however, you can also prepare it with besan (gram flour); see tips given below for more details.
For Dry Spicy Stuffing:
1/4 cup Papdi Gathiya or Sev, crushed into coarse powder
2 tablespoons Dry Coconut, grated
1 tablespoon Coriander Seeds
1 tablespoon Fennel Seeds (saunf)
3 tablespoons Cashew nuts, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons Raisins
3 tablespoons Almonds, roughly chopped
1/4 teaspoon Turmeric Powder (haldi)
1 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder (lal mirch)
1/2 teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
1/2 teaspoon Dry Mango Powder
3 tablespoons Powdered Sugar
1½ tablespoons + as required for deep frying Oil
For Crisp Outer Layer:
1½ cups Maida (all purpose flour)
3 tablespoons Oil
  1. Heat 1½ tablespoons oil in a small kadai (pan) to roast all stuffing ingredients. Add dry coconut, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, cashew nuts, almonds, raisins, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, garam masala and dry mango powder; sauté them over low flame for 1 minute.
  2. Add crushed gathiya, sugar and salt. Mix and roast dry stuffing mixture for a minute. Turn off flame and transfer it to a bowl. Let it cool for 5 minutes. Dry fruit mixed stuffing for dry samosa is ready.
  3. Mix maida, salt and 3 tablespoons oil in a large bowl. Knead a semi-stiff dough (like paratha dough) by adding lukewarm water as needed.
  4. Divide dough into 9 equal portions and give them a shape of ball (like medium size lemon). Roll out each ball in to thick circular puri having approx. 5-6 inch diameter. Cut it straight through center and divide it into two equal parts.
  5. Give each part a shape of cone as shown in the picture.
  6. Put approx 1-2 teaspoons stuffing mixture in cone. Lightly wet open edges of cone with water and press them to seal properly.
  7. Heat oil over low flame for deep frying. When it is sufficiently hot, carefully slide or drop 5-6 stuffed triangles in oil and deep fry them over low flame until they turn light brown. Deep fry remaining stuffed triangles. Crispy and spicy dry samosas are ready. Serve them with tea or coffee. You can store it for 15 days in an air tight container at room temperature.
Tips and Variations:
  • If gathiya is not available, then use 1/2 cup roasted gram flour (roast gram flour (coarse) using 1 teaspoon oil over low flame until light brown, stir constantly to avoid burning). However, please note that its taste will be bit different.
  • To make outer shell crisp, deep fry them over low flame.
  • Dry samosa preparation and ingredients are very similar to dry kachori and tastes equally similar. However, dry kachori is relatively easier to prepare due to less complications in giving a round ball shape.
Taste: Crispy and spicy
Serving Ideas: It is a delicious snack capable of satisfying your taste buds on its own. However, it can also be served with sweet and sour tamarind chutney or dates chutney (khajoor chutney). They are typically prepared at home during festivals like diwali and janmasthami and served to guests as welcome snack.

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