To whoever requested low-fat Indian recipes, you might want to try the
samosas below. I made them today and they were wonderful (and easier to
make than they sound.) They come out very attractive. I hope to do a
dinner party with these, vegetable curry, basmati rice, and Dahl. Does
anyone have a good Dahl recipe or Muligatawney (sp?) soup?
Also, thanks to whoever posted the *kale and black-eyed pea soup*. It
has become one of our favorites. I plan to make a double-batch tomorrow
since it freezes so well.
Thanks also to the person who mentioned the Kashi Chocolate Pillows.
They are fantastic. They are made with 7 whole grains and have only 5%
calories from fat. To me, they taste like a more sophisticated version
of a KitKat.
The following is adapted from Stephanie da Silva's Samosa Collection
which I found somewhere on the internet.
I think these are about 150-170 calories each with about 1 gram of fat
Makes 12 good-sized samosas
2-1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Cup buttermilk or yogurt (I used 1 Tbs lemon juice with enough skim
milk to make a cup)
extra flour, as needed
Put flour and salt in food processer with dough blade. Mix. Add
buttermilk. Mix and pulse until dough forms a ball. Add additional flour
if needed. Remove dough and knead for one minute. Cover dough tightly
and refrigerate. The dough should be pretty soft.
2 large potatoes (I used 4 smallish potatoes.)
1 medium-large onion chopped fairly small
2 medium cloves garlic, minced (I used 4 large cloves)
1 Tbs. freshly grated ginger (I used a liberal sprinkling of ground
1 tsp. garam masala
1 tsp. ground coriander
3/4 tsp. salt
1-1/2 cups green peas (frozen are fine)
2 Tbs. lemon juice
Cayenne to taste
Peel, quarter, and boil potatoes. Lightly mash (leave some chunks).
Saute (with a tiny bit of Pam or in a little stock) onions, garlic,
ginger, garam masala, coriander, cayenne and salt until onions are soft.
Add peas and lemon juice about half way through.
Combine potatoes and onion/peas mixture. Let cool for at least 15
minutes before filling pastries.
1/2 Cup white vinegar
1/2 Cup water
3 Tbs. brown sugar
1 small clove garlic, minced (or 1/4 tsp garlic powder)
1 tsp. salt
1/2 small apple peeled and finely chopped
Place all ingredients in a small pan. Heat to boiling, stirring often.
Simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature
on top of or to the side of samosas. (Note: I would double this to serve
with all 12 samosas.)
Preheat the oven to 425F. Spray cookie sheet well with Pam (I did 5
Make 12 1-inch balls from the dough.
Flour hands and rolling pin. Get a small bowl of water and a fork.
On a clean floured surface, one at a time, roll the dough out into a 5
or 6 inch circle. Put filling in center of circle. (it really will all
fit in the 12 samosas if you do it right.). Use your finger to apply
water around the edges of the dough to make it sticky. Pull dough
together to make crescent shape. Crimp edges firmly with fork. Place
samosa on cookie sheet. When finished, give top of samosas a 5 second
spray of Pam, moving quickly to get all sides.
Bake 15 minutes at 425, turn over and bake 10 minutes at 375.