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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Qovurma varaqi somsa (Fried puff samusa)

"Qovurilgan varaqi somsa" is another variety of Uzbek "samsa"s. It is time taking, but delicious dish. Good as an appetizer, finger food or as a lunch with some kind of salad. I love eating it dipping in sour cream:) or yogurt. You will get about 26 "somsa"s from this recipe.
for filling:
30 gr vegetable oil or butter
200 gr minced meat, preferably lamb
100 gr peeled and sliced onions
1 tbsp of ground coriander
1 tsp of cumin seeds
Salt to taste
For the dough:
150 ml of luke warm water
1 tbsp of salt
Plain flour as needed
50 gr butter melted for greasing
Oil for frying about 500 ml
First prepare the dough. Mix water and salt and gradually add in flour. Mix until you will form a medium hard dough. Cover it and let it rest for 20 min.
Prepare filling while your dough is resting. fry minced meat over medium heat for about 10 min. Add in 20 ml of water, set the heat on low and cover the lid. Cook until meat is well cooked, then add in onions, salt ans spices and fry over medium heat until onions are soft. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Now roll out your dough and grease with a melted butter.

Wait until butter is slightly hardens and then roll the dough around your rolling stick (I use cricket stick for rolling:))Now cut along the stick and remove the stick.

Cut again to 2.5 inch pieces and then cut along the pieces.

Slightly roll out each square, put 1 tbsp of filling to each and pinch the edges, then cut the edges with a special knife.

Repeat with other pieces and put them on the cotton towel.

Now you can start frying them. Heat the oil well. Check it putting small bread cube in it, if it turns brown within a 15 sec, then your oil is heated enough. Start frying "Somsa" s until they are nice golden color. Serve immediately while hot and enjoy dipping it in to the sour cream or yogurt or just itself:)
Yoqimli ishtaha!!!

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