She was in Nepal in May when the earthquake hit, and she then decided to make room for trained volunteers to help out and regroup. So for Mother's Day, she used her travel insurance, hopped a plane and surprised her mom by coming home for the summer. While she is home, she is catching up with her family and friends and making plans for the next part of her journey to South America.
She came over one night to visit with me and Ethan. After hearing about all the good food she experienced, we got motivated and decided to make Samosas!
Samosas are a popular entree appetizer or snack in the local cuisines of Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, Central Asia and Southwest Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, the Mediterranean, the Horn of Africa and North Africa. They are a fried or baked pastry that are usually filled spiced potatoes, lentils, onions, peas, and or minced meat.
It's a labor intensive process to make these tasty bites, but grab a few of your closest friends and you'll feel like you're having a party! Pair it with this minty chutney, too and you'll find yourself transported to a different continent.
Check out more of Laurel's adventures here. And read on for the recipe!
SAMOSAS and MINT CHUTNEY- INGREDIENTS
For the beef filling:
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 tsp + 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 1 tsp tumeric powder
- 1 bunch fresh coriander (if you can find it!)
- 1 tsp garlic paste
- 1 tsp ginger paste
- 4 oz canned green chiles
- Salt to taste