Monday, October 5, 2009

Indian samosas with sweet apple cucumber chutney

This is what I concocted for dinner tonight and couldn't resist posting right away after I saw this beautiful photo my husband took of the dish. It looked and tasted delicious, almost as if they were deep-fried. Not really though, since these are a health nut version of the traditional indian deep-fried potato treat.

The samosas: (for 4-6 people)

1 small head cauliflower (use only florets, about 2 C worth)
1 carrot, shredded
1 roughly chopped, small yellow onion
1 C fresh or sprouted dry green peas
3/4C dried, shredded & unsweetened coconut
1 clove garlic
piece fresh ginger
juice of 1/2 lime
3 tbsp olive oil + 2 tbsp coconut oil
garam masala, plenty of madras curry powder, chili powder, salt, pepper, pinch cloves & ground coriander

Coating: chili powder, salt, pepper

Mix all ingredients in a food processor with an S-blade until you have a (maybe slightly chunky) uniform mixture. Shape into triangles, this should make about 12 samosas (serving size is 2 per person). Sprinkle chili powder, salt & freshly ground black pepper. Dehydrate on one side for approximately 6 hours, then turn over, sprinkle with spices and continue to dehydrate for 4 more hours. For decoration, make little holes in the surface with a fork. You should get a firm but soft in the center texture.

Sweet apple cucumber chutney:
½ orange, peeled
few dried dates, soaked
soak water
piece fresh ginger, dash salt & pepper
½ tsp ground coriander

Blend other ingredients and add soak water until you get a not too thick sauce consistency.
Mix in 1 C tart, diced apple and 1 C cucumber with the ginger-orange sauce. Check seasoning, add more salt/pepper if necessary. The sauce should be a bit on the sweet side though to complement the savory spicy flavor of the samosas.

My husband really dislikes cauliflower, but neither he nor I could taste it in this dish. I probably wouldn't have even known these were raw if I wasn't told.. really delicious, definitely something I will make next time I am hosting a party. These could easily be made much smaller and served as finger food even for someone who is not used to raw cuisine. A must for someone like me, who loves spicy food and misses the flavor of baked savory dishes.


Yaelian said...

This is something I must definately try one of these days,I really like raw cauliflower!

Maria said...

Hi, what a fascinating blog! Do you dehydrate your food in oven or do you have a special dehydrator for that? I'd love to cook all those dehydrated treats but in oven it's very time and energy consuming. Dehydrators, on the other hand, are expensive.

Chaos said...

Ooh my that looks grrreat!

Aletheia said...

Yaelian, thank you! Hope they turn out good.

Maria, I do not own a dehydrator either. I am going to buy one soon though. My oven actually heats up to roughly 45 degrees and I believe it maintains the temp well too and doesn't overheat. It works OK for the time being, but when Christmas cookie season comes I need to splurge and get an actual dehydrator. I've been looking into a Sopu-kuivuri, seems like the best one out there in Finland.

Chaos, thanks! It's funny how unhealthily gorgeous they actually look =)

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