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Keema Samosas

These little guys are a healthy take on an Indian street food.  Normally samosas are a pastry that is filled with ground meat, vegetables, or a combination of both.  Usually they are fried and then served with chutney for dipping.  I found a healthier version of this that uses wonton wrappers in place of the dough.  Then I bake them instead of frying them.

I bought the cookbook these came from shortly after I got married, over 11 years ago.  I made them quite often at first, and then forgot about them until recently.  I am reminded why we always had them in the freezer before, and they will become a staple again.  They are a little work to make, mainly just tedious.  You have to fill the wonton wrappers, and then seal them.  Considering each wonton wrapper can only hold about a tablespoon of filling, it can take awhile.  But, they freezer perfectly.  So you can do all the work over the weekend, and then have these in the freezer for whenever you need them.

We like to have them as dinner with a salad or other sides.  But they would make a great party appetizer.  My son and husband like to dip these in ranch.  From the searching I did, a tomato chutney was a popular dip of choice.    To freeze them, I just fill them, put on a baking sheet, and place in the freezer.  Once they are frozen, I place them in a freezer safe resealable bag.  Then when I want to make them, I take them about about 15 minutes prior to baking.  You could also fry instead of baking these, if you wanted.

Keema Samosas
 
Serves: 10
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A healthy take on a popular Indian street food
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbls canola oil
  • ½ cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • ¾ tsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 3 Tbls cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Tbls fresh lime juice
  • 34 wonton wrappers

Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add onion, jalapeno, and garlic. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until the onion starts to soften. Mix in garam masala, curry powder, and turmeric. Cook for 30 seconds. Add chicken and salt. Break the chicken apart, and cook until it is cooked through, 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in lime juice and cilantro.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray, or use a silpat liner.
  3. Work with 6 wonton wrappers at a time, so they don’t dry out. Have a small bowl of water nearby, to dip your fingers in. Arrange 6 of them on the counter in front of you. Place about 1 tablespoon of filling in the center of each wrapper. Dip your fingers in the water, and moisten the edges of the wonton wrappers. Pull on of the top corners diagonally over the filling to make a triangle. Press the edges firmly to seal. Put the completely samosas on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the wrappers and filling. It should make approximately 34 samosas.
  4. Spray the samosas with non stick spray. Bake, turning once, until crisp, 11-14 minutes. Best served warm.

Notes
Adapted from Weight Watchers Take Out Tonight

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. these look TO DIE FOR!
    I am totally going to try them out. Thanks for sharing.
    One quick question though… where is the best place to find canola oil/wonton wrappers? i dont think I have come across either at my regular shops xx

    • Wonton wrappers are in the produce section of your regular grocery store. Canola oil should be with all the other vegetable oils in the baking isle. But you could use pretty much any neutral flavored oil you like. Hope you enjoy!

  2. Wow, these look good! I’m a sucker for anything curry.

  3. These look great! I’m on the hunt for fresh appetizer ideas and can’t wait to try these!

  4. I love Indian food! They have an Indian foodtruck here that has a similar dish that I love!

  5. These would make a perfect appetizer, I love the flavors of the filling!

  6. These look just wonderful! I could go for a few right now for lunch. =)

  7. Oh my gosh, these look amazing!

  8. Samoas are new to me but I can tell that I would love them to pieces. These flavors are so good!

  9. I LOVE that you use wonton wrappers instead of dough! brilliant. These look fantastic. thanks for the recipe!

  10. Love these flavors! I’ve never had samosas before, but I’m pretty sure I’d love these!

  11. I love the idea of a freezer stash of samosas! I could easily make these my dinner…and no guilt since they’re not fried!!!

  12. I’ve only had samosas once and instantly fell in love with them…and now to see how easy they are to make at home has me so excited!

  13. These look delish! Can’t believe that it is from weight watchers – even more reason to have them – tasty and good for you! Happy New Year!!

  14. Why I love this post….
    1. I love the flavors you have here in these samosas.
    2. I love that they are baked!!

    Fantastic recipe and method. I am still deep frying.. I need to step away from the oil. :) LOL!

  15. I love samosas but hate the guilt I feel after eating so much greasy food. Thanks for this lighter alternative!

  16. These are so tasty!!!! I am totally addicted to them… Now I can’t stop thinking about making them again and again…

    Thanks for the recipe..

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