Monday, September 28, 2015

Samosa Galette - Indian Filling within a French Pastry

 For this month’s Baking Partner , we has to make Galette , which can be savory or sweet.

   I made two galettes , one is sweet and other is savory
       Sweet – Rustic Apple Galette
       Savory – Samosa Galatte
  Galette is a term used in French cuisine  to designate various types of flat round or freeform crusty cakes or in case of a Breton Galette , a pancake made with buckwheat  flour ususally with a savoury filling.

 In French Canada the term galette is usually applied to pastries best described as large cookies.
  Galette , which is more properly called Breton galette , is also the name given in most French  creperies to savoury buckwheat flour pancakes , while those made from wheat flour , much smaller in size and mostly served with a sweet filling are branded crepes . this type of galette is large , thin pancake mostly associated with the region of Brittany.

     It is frequently garnished with egg  , meat , fish , cheese , cut vegetables , apple slices , berries . one of  the most  popular galette in france is galette complete with cheese , ham and egg.
 Samosa was our family’s favorite tea time snack  , I used the samosa filling in this savory galette.

Ingredients :
For crust :
1 ½ cup All purpose flour
½ cup semolina
½ cup Butter ( chilled and unsalted )
2 tbs sugar
¼ tsp salt
4 tbs Ice  water
For samosa filling :
3 medium potato
1 cup green peas
2 medium carrot
1 medium onion
1’’ piece of ginger , peeled and minced
3 garlic cloves , peeled and minced
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 tbs oil
½ tsp turmeric  powder
1 tsp chilli powder
½ tsp garam masala
1 tbs lemon juice
salt to taste

Method :
To make the samosa filling :
Chop onion to thin slices. Chop the carrots into cubes.
Boil potatoes, peel skin and chop into small cubes.
Immerse the green peas in lukewarm water .
Heat oil in a pan , add in the cumin seeds and let it splutter.
Add the chopped onion and sauté till it turns translucent. Add in the minced garlic and ginger , sauté till raw smell leaves.
Add in the green peas , cubed carrot and cubed potatoes and sauté for five minutes.
Now , add the chilli powder , salt and garam masala , sauté well till the raw smell leaves.
Take off flame and add the lemon juice and mix well.
Let the filling cool.

To make the crust :

 In a bowl , add the flour , semolina , salt and sugar , mix well.
 Cut the cooled butter into pieces and add to the flour mixture.
Mix gently and well , till the mixture becomes coarse.

Slowly add the ice cold water 2 tbs at a time and  mix  until the dough starts coming together. Make sure the dough masses together roughly but the butter pieces remain about the same size.

  Transfer this into a lightly floured work surface. Flatten like a rectangle rapidly push the dough with heel of your palm to the side away from you , starting from the top left corner to the bottom facing 

       Rapidly pat and smooth the top. Lift the dough off work surface using a pastry sheet. Flip the bottom of the rectangle to the middle and top down to cover it like an envelope.
       Tuck the two sides towards the bottom. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for half an hour to relax the gluten.
       Preheat oven to 350 degree F and line baking tray.   Remove the dough from fridge and place on a lightly floured surface.
       Roll the dough into 1/8 inch thick  circles . Transfer this to baking tray. The circle must be 12" circle.
   Place the whole  filling in the center and leaving a two inch border around.  Fold the edge up over the filling  . I just pressed the ends together.

   The edges  can be formed into loose pleats.
Sprinkle coarse sugar on the crust , this gives a lovely golden brown color to the crust and butter on the filling for flavor.
       Bake for 20 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool down.

Savory samosa galette is ready to serve.

Slice and serve the delicious samosa galette.

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