Spicy Samosa Wraps with Tamarind Chutney

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on April 11, 2012

 

One of the husband’s favorite Indian snacks is samosas.

I don’t blame him – they’re the perfect combination of crispy, flaky, spicy and sweet – with the lightly fried pastry crust just topping it off. They’re super addicting and very delicious.

But, they’re not exactly healthy.

Don’t get me wrong, I definitely enjoy samosas once in a while as a fun treat, but there’s no way I could eat them regularly. Which is sad, because the flavors of samosas are so great that you really do want to eat them all the time.

And so, I decided to remake samosas into a healthy meal by using all of the great flavors of samosas, but repackaging the “crust” and “filling” with more good-for-you-but-still-tasty ingredients.

The husband LOVED this dish.

I paired it with this Tamarind Chutney that I picked up at the grocery store:

And it literally tasted JUST like samosas.

This recipe was inspired by one I found on Fat Free Vegan Kitchen, but I’ve modified it pretty significantly to give it a lot more flavor and texture than the original. My modified recipe is below!

The Ingredients

Serves 6

  • 4 medium red potatoes
  • 14 ounces extra-firm tofu, cut into small cubes
  • 1 red onion, minced  
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1-1.5 Tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, stemmed, seeded and finely diced  
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp salt to taste
  • 2-3 Tbsp curry powder (the more you use, the spicier it will be!)
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander  
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Optional if you really like it spicy: 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (or more to taste)  
  • Whole grain tortillas (1 per serving), or Naan (I used the frozen Naan from Trader Joe’s for the husband’s wrap)
  • Roasted cashews, chopped (1 Tbsp per wrap)
  • Tamarind Chutney, thinned slightly with water (a couple tsp per wrap)

The Directions

Step 1: Chop all of your veggies

Step 2: Heat a deep non-stick skillet over medium heat with 2 tsp canola oil, and add the onion. Cook until onion begins to become translucent. Add peas, tomato, ginger, jalapeno pepper. Cook, stirring, until peas thaw.

Step 3: Squeeze tofu lightly to remove as much water as possible. Cut into small cubes. Cut the potatoes into small cubes as well (I like making the tofu cubes and the potato cubes the same size). Add potatoes and tofu to skillet along with 1/2 cup water, salt, curry powder, coriander, cumin, cayenne (optional). Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, adding more water if necessary. Note: the smaller the potato cubes are, the faster they will cook!

Step 4: Remove cover and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated and the potatoes are fork tender. Add lemon juice and stir to combine.

Step 5: Warm tortillas or naan according to package directions. Place 1/6 of the filling in the center of the wrap, top with 1 Tbsp cashews.

That was the husband’s version. My version was in a whole wheat tortilla, and looked like this:

Step 6: Top with a drizzle of the Tamarind Chutney, wrap, and enjoy!

The husband’s version:

My version:

The nutritional stats on this dish are pretty great.

  • 1/6 of the filling + 1 whole wheat tortilla (that’s approx 100 calories) + 1 Tbsp cashews = ~300 calories, 8g fiber and ~15g protein
  • 1/6 of the filling + 1 Trader Joe’s naan (about 200 calories) + 1 Tbsp cashews = ~400 calories, 7g fiber, ~15g protein

Not bad for a samosa makeover that’s a healthy and filling meal!

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Spicy Samosa Wraps with Tamarind Chutney

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Serving Size: 1/6 of the recipe + 1 Tbsp cashews + 1 tsp chutney

Calories per serving: 300

Fat per serving: 10.7g

Nutritional Info Per Serving (assuming you use 1 whole wheat tortilla + 1 Tbsp cashews and 1 tsp chutney): 300 Calories, 10.7g Fat, 630mg Sodium, 40g Carbs, 8g Fiber, 4.8g Sugar, 15g Protein

Note: If you are using the Trader Joe's Naan, the total will be 400 calories (since the naan is about 200 calories).

Ingredients

  • 4 medium red potatoes
  • 14 ounces extra-firm tofu, cut into small cubes
  • 1 red onion, minced
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1-1.5 Tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, stemmed, seeded and finely diced
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp salt to taste
  • 2-3 Tbsp curry powder (the more you use, the spicier it will be!)
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Optional if you really like it spicy: 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (or more to taste)
  • Whole grain tortillas (1 per serving), or Naan (I used the frozen Naan from Trader Joe’s for the husband’s wrap)
  • Roasted cashews, chopped (1 Tbsp per wrap)
  • Tamarind Chutney, thinned slightly with water (1-2 tsp per wrap)

Directions

  1. Chop all of your veggies
  2. Heat a deep non-stick skillet over medium heat with 2 tsp canola oil, and add the onion. Cook until onion begins to become translucent. Add peas, tomato, ginger, jalapeno pepper. Cook, stirring, until peas thaw.
  3. Squeeze tofu lightly to remove as much water as possible. Cut into small cubes. Cut the potatoes into small cubes as well (I like making the tofu cubes and the potato cubes the same size). Add potatoes and tofu to skillet along with 1/2 cup water, salt, curry powder, coriander, cumin, cayenne (optional). Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, adding more water if necessary. Note: the smaller the potato cubes are, the faster they will cook!
  4. Remove cover and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated and the potatoes are fork tender. Add lemon juice and stir to combine.
  5. Warm tortillas or naan according to package directions. Place 1/6 of the filling in the center of the wrap, top with 1 Tbsp cashews.
  6. Top with a drizzle of the Tamarind Chutney, wrap, and enjoy!

Notes

http://pickyeaterblog.com/book-club-and-dinner-spicy-samosa-wraps/

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Belinda @zomppa December 13, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Thanks for the book rec! An of course, the recipe!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 15, 2010 at 12:11 pm

No problem!! Hope you like it!

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Small Footprints December 17, 2010 at 1:18 pm

These look amazing! We are vegan and I’m always looking for something a little different to try … the flavor combination, here, sounds so good! Can’t wait to give it a try! Thanks for sharing! :)

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 18, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Yay!! Yes this is definitely a great recipe for a filling, vegan meal – hope you enjoyed it when you tried it!

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Kamal April 11, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Great recipe!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 15, 2012 at 10:38 am

Thanks Kamal!! I’m sure you will love it when you make it!

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Medeja April 12, 2012 at 3:35 am

Nice wrap! And with tamarind chutney..Oh I am craving for it now :)

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 15, 2012 at 10:41 am

Thanks so much Medeja!! The tamarind chutney really makes this dish – it adds that bit of extra flavor that makes this meal taste EXACTLY like a samosa.

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Scott April 12, 2012 at 6:04 am

Looks fantastic, can’t wait to try it.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 15, 2012 at 10:42 am

Thanks Scott!! Let me know how it turns out for you!

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Linda April 12, 2012 at 7:13 am

And by substituting a teff or brown rice tortilla, it becomes gluten-free!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 15, 2012 at 10:43 am

GREAT point Linda!! For all of those g-free eaters out there – make sure to try this recipe with Linda’s easy substitution! :)

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Alyssa April 12, 2012 at 9:57 pm

I’ve never heard of samosas, but after reading your post I can’t wait to try them! They look great. And your modified recipe looks filling as well as healthy! Love the pictures that you posted of the different steps; the colors of the veggies are so beautiful and bright.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 15, 2012 at 10:51 am

Thanks so much Alyssa!! I’m glad it’s helpful! And if you’ve never tried samosas – you should definitely give them a taste – they are a delicious and decadent Indian snack! Most Indian restaurants have them on their menus – I’d suggest going to a higher end Indian restaurant that has samosas – so you get the best quality version/experience :) Can’t wait to hear what you think!

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Kimberly April 12, 2012 at 11:43 pm

Looks awesome! What store did you find the tamarind chutney at? Love your blog!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 15, 2012 at 10:53 am

Thanks Kimberly!! I got the tamarind chutney at Berkeley Bowl, but I think you can find this brand at pretty much any Whole Foods or even some major grocery stores. You can look for a store near you that carries it here: http://www.sukhis.com/ (and you can order it online from sukhis.com too!)

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Malin April 22, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Looks amazing! Will definitely try the recipe!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 22, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Let me know how you like it Malin!!

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Darcey April 25, 2012 at 9:50 am

I couldn’t find tamarind sauce anywhere, so I tried substituting BBQ sauce…and it ended up tasting really good! Hopefully I can find tamarind soon though, it’s one of my favorite flavors! Thanks for the recipe :)

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 29, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Oh BBQ sauce is a great alternative! But yes – there is nothing like tamarind sauce :) You can buy it online if you can’t find it your local grocery store – here is the one that I used: Sukhi’s Gourmet Indian Food, Tamarind Chutney, 6/8 Oz – hope that helps!

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Casey February 20, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Excited to make this tonight! I went to Whole Foods last week and found the Tamarind Chutney on sale… score!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 23, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Awesome!! Let me know how it turns out Casey! :)

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Casey March 18, 2013 at 7:37 pm

I ended up waiting until tonight to make it, and it is divine! I only used one tomato (it was all I had on hand), 1.5 tsp ground ginger because my fresh ginger had dried up, and the max curry powder and cayenne – LOVE spicy stuff here. I served it on the TJ’s naan… special treat for me. OH MY GOSH this is delicious! How do you come up with this stuff?

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 18, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Awwww yay!!! Hehe you are too sweet Casey – I’m so glad you liked it! Oh and yes – serving it on the TJ’s naan is really a treat – it’s the husband’s favorite way to enjoy this recipe!

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