I bought wonton wrappers at the grocery store for no reason at all the other day. I thought maybe I would make ravioli because I saw Giada do it on her show and it looked so easy and of course, delicious. But then, as soon as I had them at home I didn’t really want to make ravioli with them and every time I opened the fridge, they were staring at me.
**Side note: we went to Vegas over July 4th weekend and ate at Giada’s restaurant which is VERY vegetarian friendly, SUPER pricey, and just slightly better than average. I was kind of mad that the server told us that our $28 pasta bowls were not meant to be dinner portions and we should order a separate entree (WHAT?)
Anyways, back to my wontons. Yesterday I was finally struck that I can use these to make samosa’s which I love to eat but usually don’t want to go through the trouble of making the dough. So thats what I did! Pretty easy to do, tasty, and good for freezing so I can pull them out when we have people over.
I start by cutting up the veggies for the filling. I used carrots, potatoes, onions and green peas.
I cook the filling, adding in turmeric and red chili powder. It takes about 15 minutes to cook.
I get the wonton wrappers ready by taking a spoonful of filling in each one and creating little packets.
I tried baking some and frying some to see how they would turn out. Honestly frying wins (big surprise!). The baked ones were fine, but weren’t as crispy and a little too chewy. So much for being healthy.
The final product- the first photo is the fried version and the second are the baked ones! Perfect with some green or tamarind chutney (or both!)
Prep time: 25 minutes Cook time: 5 minutes
Serves: 20 samosas
- 1 medium-sized carrot, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup frozen peas, defrosted
- 1 medium sized potato, finely chopped
- 1/4 of a large red onion, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon red chili powder
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1.5 teaspoons lemon juice
- Salt to taste
- Packet of wonton wrappers
- Water to seal of wrappers
- Oil to fry
- Boil potato in microwave for 5 minutes before chopping
- In a medium sized frying pan, heat up some oil on medium heat to make samosa filling
- Add cumin seeds and let sizzle for 1-2 minutes
- Add onions and cook until translucent (2-3 minutes)
- Add the chopped potato and cook for 5-7 minutes until slightly brown
- Add carrot, peas, turmeric, red chili powder and cook for 5-7 minutes more.
- Add salt to taste
- One minute before taking off heat, add the lemon juice
- Let filling cool slightly
- Take about one small spoonful of the mixture and place in center of wonton wrapper
- Dip one finger (or brush) in water and seal off the wonton wrapper edges by tracing edge with finger
- Fold the wonton wrappers into packets (or whatever shape you prefer)
- If baking, spray with oil generously and bake at 425 for 20-25 minutes
- If frying, heat up oil in frying pan and fry wontons for about 30-45 seconds until they puff up a little and are golden brown