On October 23rd the world celebrated Diwali. Diwali, or the Festival of Lights, is an ancient Hindu celebration that signifies the triumph of light over darkness. It is a time for family and celebration. And, just like most good celebrations, food plays an important part. We don’t normally celebrate Diwali in our home but this year I am lucky enough to be part of the Patak’s Canada ambassador program so I was more than eager to whip up some dishes with an Indian flair.
I know that some people are a little reluctant to try cooking Indian food at home. There are so many flavours that we typically associate with Indian cuisine that it can be hard to know where to start. But it’s really not that hard and Patak’s makes it even easier. With authentic flavours in a wide variety of products, cooking with Patak’s can help anyone cook up some truly amazing dishes.
My husband and I are both big fans of Samosas. We don’t really have any restaurants here that offer much in the way of Indian cuisine so the only place we can buy Samosas is at the grocery store. The grocery store ones are ok but they aren’t amazing and they are always deep fried. I don’t mind eating something once in a while that has been deep fried but Samosas are so easy to make in the oven without sacrificing any taste. And if you want to try something a little bit different you can break away from the more traditional folded samosa and (using the same ingredients) try these cute little samosa cups. I used two Patak’s ingredients for these – the Tikka Masala Sauce for the filling and the Mango Chicken Sauce in the dip.
Instead of making a pastry, this recipes makes things extra easy with egg roll wrappers. They bake up very nicely and give the samosas (and the cups) a great texture.
Easy Baked Chicken Samosas and Samosa Cups
- 1 package of egg roll wrappers
- 1 pound of ground chicken
- 1 package of Patak’s Tikka Masala Cooking Sauce for 2
- 2 medium sized potatoes
- 1 cup of peas
- 1/4 cup of plain yogurt
- 1/4 cup of Patak’s Mango Chicken Cooking Sauce
Place the ground chicken in a frying pan and cook over medium heat until completely cooked. Pour the Tikka Masala sauce in the pan with the cooked chicken. Combine well and set aside.
Peel and dice the potatoes and cook in a pot of water until tender. Drain the water and mash the potatoes. They do not need to be smooth, just mashed.
Combine the chicken mixture, mashed potatoes and peas together in a bowl.
Preheat the oven to 375.
Open your package of egg roll wrappers. They should be square. Cut them in half to make two rectangles. Place one piece on a working surface. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush all edges of the wrapper with water. Place a heaping teaspoon of filling on the bottom right corner of the wrapper. Fold the right corner up so the bottom edge of the wrapper is even with the left edge. Gently press the moistened edges together to seal. Now fold the wrapper up so the bottom half of the left edge covers the top half of the left edge. Gently press the moistened edges together to seal. Finally, fold the right top corner down until it meets the bottom left corner. Again press the edges together.
Continue with this process until your filling is used up. Place the Samosas on a lined cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes or until the triangles are slight golden and the edges are just starting to turn brown.
Combine the yogurt and the Mango Chicken Cooking Sauce together in a small bowl. Serve along side the Samosas.
To make the samosa cups take an egg roll wrapper and cut into 4 small squares. Place each square into the cups of a mini muffin tin. Fill with the samosa filling you made above.
Place the muffin tin in the oven and bake for about ten minutes or until the edges of the wrappers start to brown. Remove from pan. Top each cup with a dollop of plain yogurt and a small mint leaf.
If you want to find some more amazing Indian inspired ideas I highly recommend you visits Patak’s Canada online or visit their new blog Good Korma. And be sure to come by next month to see what new Patak’s dish will be featured on Mommy Outside!
I am part of the Patak’s Canada ambassador program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.