SWEET CHRISTMAS SAMOSAS

SWEET CHRISTMAS SAMOSAS

A beautiful Christmas fusion of crisp pastry filled with deliciously soft semolina, ground almonds and coconut that is infused with orange zest and cardamom with little bursts of sweet tangy dried cranberries and earthy pistachios, drizzled with an aromatic orange blossom syrup.

I feel quite fortunate to having such a diverse upbringing and family heritage, and once I got married it got even more diverse. I always had trouble ticking the ethnicity boxes of surveys as its so hard to just box myself in one category. I am British but was born in Pakistan but lived in Saudi Arabia since I was 21 days old till I was 10, when I moved to the UK. My mum is from Pakistan and my dad is from Zanzibar in East Africa, but his forefathers were from India. So which box would I tick? For a while in the “other” section of the survey I used to write that I was British Pakistani East African Indian, which used to raise a lot of confusion and queries! I don’t even want to get into what my children would classify themselves as my hubbie is British, was born in Kuwait, grew up in Hong Kong, his family are from Kashmir in India, but his forefathers originated from Croatia! Can you just imagine what my children would have to write in the “other” section, it would be an essay!

The amazing thing of having all these different ties with different countries and cultures is being able to experience beautiful new traditions as well as the people and the actual countries. So, I feel lucky in this sense, as my life is a lot more richer as a result. The food in my house represents all the different cultures and traditions that make up my family and I love playing around with all  the different flavours from the different cuisines and marrying them together to create delicious new fusion creations. Our Christmas is traditional in many ways, as we do have a big beautiful golden turkey in the centre of our table, but our sides and extras do sometimes have a few twists, like having spicy cabbage with mustard seeds and coconut or sprinkling some feta and fresh parsley on honey roasted carrots.

One unique and delicious addition to our Christmas is these mini sweet samosas. They are almost like another holiday cookie for us as they are exploding with the traditional flavours of Christmas with the sweet citrusy orange and sharp cranberries but have an Indian / Pakistani twist with a cardamom halwa like filling with the additional Arab influence of orange blossom, ground almonds and pistachios. Do try these little samosa’s this Christmas as they are sure to impress all your guests and will become a new fusion Christmas tradition in your house!

SWEET CHRISTMAS SAMOSAS

December 16, 2018
: 20 mini samosas
: 20 min
: 30 min

A beautiful Christmas fusion of crisp pastry filled with deliciously soft semolina, ground almonds and coconut that is infused with orange zest and cardamom with little bursts of sweet tangy dried cranberries and earthy pistachios, drizzled with an aromatic orange blossom syrup.

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Ingredients
  • ½ cup (115g) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup (80) semolina
  • ½ cup (50g) ground almonds
  • ½ cup (50g) desiccated coconut
  • 2 tbsp pistachios, crushed
  • ½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder
  • ½ cup (120ml) double cream
  • ½ tbsp orange zest
  • 2 tbsp dried cranberries
  • 20 samosa or spring roll sheets
  • Oil for frying
  • Orange Blossom Syrup:
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (240ml) water
  • 1 ½ tbsp orange blossom water
Directions
  • Step 1 Melt butter in a non-stick pan.
  • Step 2 Add semolina and cook on medium low heat for 2 minutes.
  • Step 3 Stir in the ground almonds, cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Step 4 Add the coconut and pistachios, stirring constantly.
  • Step 5 Add the sugar, cardamom and salt, cook for approximately 2 minutes, stirring continuously.
  • Step 6 Pour in the cream, stirring continuously. The mixture will start to come away from the pan as you stir.
  • Step 7 Add the orange zest and cranberries, keep stirring mixture to avoid burning. Cook for approximately 5 minutes and then take off the heat and allow to cool.
  • Step 8 Fill each samosa / spring roll pastry with the cooled filling and fold either into a triangular samosa shape or roll into a cigar, spring roll shape. (Size and shape doesn’t make a difference and is just a matter of personal choice).
  • Step 9 Heat oil on high and fry each samosa till golden brown.
  • Step 10 Make Syrup: Combine the water and sugar in a pan and bring to constant boil. Do not stir with spoon, you can mix by gently shaking the pan. Once mixture has become a syrup like consistency take off the heat and stir in the orange blossom water.
  • Step 11 Either dunk the samosas into the syrup to fully coat or drizzle syrup on top.
  • Step 12 Enjoy x



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