Looking for a twist on the usual pizza rolls for Super Bowl Sunday? Go Indian with these delicious finger foods. Serve these selections hot, with a choice of spicy chutneys, and perhaps a cooling mint-cucumber yogurt dip.
Crispy Veggie Cakes
These treats crackle on the outside and are meltingly good on the inside.
Preparation: Prepare 2 cups cooked white rice. While the rice is cooling, peel and cube a small potato. Next, chop enough mixed vegetables to equal 1 cup. (Colorful ones like sweet peppers and carrots are good choices), and chop 2 teaspoons of fresh, peeled ginger.
Pat your vegetables with a paper towel, and put your rice, vegetables and ginger into a food processor. Add: 1 tablespoon cornstarch, 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, and chili powder and salt to taste. Process the mix for about 30 seconds until it is dough-like.
Cooking: Begin heating peanut oil over medium-high heat, to a depth of about 2 inches. Divide the rice mixture and shape it into about 16 circular or oval patties, ½-inch thick.
Once the oil is hot, gently drop the vegetable patties into the pan. Cook them about 5 minutes, turning them once or twice. Remove when they are golden brown.
These tasty treats have the traditional ingredients of a samosa, but in preparation are similar to stuffed flatbread triangles.
Preparation: Make a dough by combining 1 cup flour with about ? cup water and 2 tablespoons oil or clarified butter, and a dash of salt. Knead it lightly and leave it to rest for 10 minutes. Next, divide the dough into 4 parts, and roll each into a 7 to 8-inch circle.
Make the filling. Stir-fry a small spoonful of cumin seeds until they “crack,” then add ¼ cup fresh or thawed peas and 1 tablespoon of a chopped chili pepper. Next, add 2 cups of peeled, chopped potatoes and cook this mixture about 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Sprinkle over it ¼ teaspoons each garam masala and chili powder, 1 teaspoon coriander, and a bit of optional mango powder. Mash this filling. Add a handful of chopped fresh herbs like cilantro, if you wish.
Put a scoop of the filling into the center each dough circle, leaving room at the edges. Bring the edges up and around the filling to form a patty, then gently roll the patty into a 6-inch circle. Repeat with all of the dough and filling.
Cooking: Pan fry each of the flattened patties for about 4 minutes, turning a few times, until they are golden brown on both sides. Slice into wedges and serve.
Too Busy to Cook?
Like the idea of the Indian twist on Super Bowl finger foods, but don’t have time to cook your own apps? Give Curry Up Indian Grill a call at 614-437-2003 to arrange catered food so you can focus on football.