Fore River Sanctuary Samosas with Mango Dipping Sauce

Portland Trails is holding a “Trail Gourmet” Recipe Contest and I won’t beat around the bush.  I’d like to win.  I thought long & hard about which of my recipes to enter, and while walking the Fore River Sanctuary this week it came to me.  SAMOSAS.  I’d created a fantastic low sodium recipe for samosas four years ago, shortly after launching The Daily Dish.  While a little time intensive to make, these samosas freeze beautifully and would showcase one of Maine’s premier agricultural crops: Potatoes!  Samosas are perfect hiking fare.  Small and portable, yet hearty and filling.  They’re a healthy meal in an incredible, edible wrapper.  And they’re DELICIOUS – especially with the tangy subtle sweetness of the mango dipping sauce, which is easily toted in any lightweight lidded container. Double dipping a MUST!  So if you’re craving something extraordinary the next time you head out on the trail, look no further than Fore River Sanctuary Samosas with Mango Dipping Sauce.  Gourmet vegetarian snacks that pack a healthy, meal-like punch – NO SILVERWARE NECESSARY!


Yields 16 samosas + 2 cups sauce.

SODIUM CONTENT:  123 mg per samosa + sauce (with salt) and 12 mg per samosa + sauce (salt free)


4 c. diced mango (2 ripe mangoes, peeled and seeded)
1 1/4 c. water
1/4 c. vegetable oil
2 T. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar (or equivalent)
2 T. minced onion (about 1/2 of a small fresh onion)
1 T. minced garlic (about 3 medium cloves)
1 T. minced fresh ginger (roughly 2 inch piece, peeled)
1 T. no salt added tomato sauce
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
1/2 t. ground cumin
1/2 t. ground mustard
1/4 t. crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 t. salt (optional)

5 1/2 c. diced potato (about 5-6 medium Maine potatoes, peeled)
3/4 c. finely diced onion (1 small/medium onion)
2 T. minced garlic (about 6 medium cloves)
1/2 T. minced fresh ginger (roughly 1 inch piece, peeled)
3 T. unsalted butter
1 t. fennel seed
1 t. ground coriander
1 t. ground turmeric
1/2 t. ground cumin
1/2 t. salt (optional)
1/4 t. crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 t. freshly ground black pepper
1/4 c. Stonyfield Farm Organic Low Fat Plain Yogurt
1 c. green peas, cooked
1 T. fresh cilantro, chopped

2 c. all-purpose flour (or better yet, Maida, Indian all-purpose flour)
1/2 t. salt free chili powder
2 T. Stonyfield Farm Organic Low Fat Plain Yogurt
2 T. unsalted butter
10 T. cold water

48 oz. vegetable oil (for frying)


Measure all ingredients for the mango sauce into a large saucepan. Place over medium heat, bring to a boil and simmer, stirring frequently, 15 minutes. Remove from heat and puree smoothly using an immersion blender, standard blender or food processor. Set aside.

Place the diced potato into a pot and add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook for about 20 minutes, until tender. Remove from heat and drain. Mash potatoes in pot, then transfer to a mixing bowl and set aside.

Melt the butter for the filling in the (now empty) pot used for the potatoes over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, 4 minutes. Add spices and cook, stirring, another minute. Remove from heat and add the mashed potato and yogurt to the pot. Stir well to combine, then gently fold in the peas and cilantro. Set aside.

Measure the flour or maida into a large mixing bowl. Add the chili powder and whisk to combine. Add the yogurt and toss to combine. Cut the butter into the mixture using your (freshly washed) fingertips and continue processing until you have a soft dry crumb. Add the water one tablespoon at a time, gathering the dough with your hands with each addition. Once the dough comes together, turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 8 minutes, until dough is smooth and elastic.

Cut the dough into 8 equal parts.

Roll each piece of dough into a ball, then use a rolling pin to flatten into a (roughly) 7-inch circle. Cut the circle in half.

Take one half and fold the cut (straight) edge over on itself, then pinch the flat seam together.

Gently pick up the dough and orient it so that the pinched seam is along a side, the opening at the top.  Hold the open cone in your hand.

Measure about 1/4 – 1/3 c. of the samosa filling into the cone

then firmly pinch the open top edges together to enclose the filling. The samosa is now formed and should look like a soft triangular pyramid.

Repeat process with remaining dough and filling to form a total of 16 samosas.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat or (better yet) a deep fryer to 375 degrees. Place samosas into the oil, about 3 at a time, and cook until golden brown on all sides. Remove from oil and drain on towels. Serve warm or cold with the mango dipping sauce.

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7 Responses to Fore River Sanctuary Samosas with Mango Dipping Sauce

  1. Tracy says:

    Those look DIVINE. If they taste even half as good as they look, you’re sure to win!!

  2. Christy says:

    Ooooh! Thanks so much Tracy! I would love to win!!!

    As a note: This is the FIRST and only recipe I’ve ever posted on The Daily Dish to include salt, even as an option. I never cook with it myself b/c of Meniere’s and most readers of this site don’t either. But for the sake of the contest (and a level playing field, so to speak) I’ve asked the Portland Trails judges to include the salt when recreating the recipe. The samosas are still delicious w/out it — particularly for those accustomed to life w/out salt, but they truly POP with the salt included. And I’ve rationalized it by saying even w/ the salt they are still very low in sodium (Can you tell I wrestled with this for a LONG TIME? LOL)

  3. I think you’re right to include the salt in the recipe for salt-accustomed palates. I’m used to not eating sugar, so artificially-sweetened food tastes sweet to me, as do things like 90% cacao chocolate that other people find bitter. But when I try to make my friends eat those foods, they act like it’s terrifying.

    Anyway, these look great and are quite a departure from the nuts and raisins I associate with the trail!

  4. Christy says:

    Hah! It’s not just GORP (good ole raisins & peanuts) anymore!!

    I agree; if people aren’t accustomed to a certain type of dietary restriction, the lack of (whatever it is) can be very distracting. Anyone used to eating salt free food will find these delicious, but for “normal” eaters they’ll be bland w/out the salt. I wanted to make sure I had every chance of winning — if this were a salt free / low sodium contest it’d be one thing, but everyone else will be using the full array of seasonings. In fairness to myself, I should as well.

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  6. Andrea says:

    This is AWESOME!!! I live in India and since I’ve had to be Low-So, I’ve been really missing Samosas!!! Awesome! Thanks!

  7. Christy says:

    Andrea, I’m SO happy you’re happy!! I loooooove Indian food and make low-so versions of as much as I can. I feel fortunate to have an Indian grocery close by — YOU ARE SO LUCKY TO HAVE INDIA AS YOUR GROCERY STORE!!! Sorry for yelling, but wow. What a dream!

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