singara recipe, shingara recipe

singara recipe with step by step pics. singara also known as shingara is a popular tea time snack from bengal. the stuffing for the vegetarian version of singara is made from potatoes or cauliflower, potatoes and green peas.

making singara is similar to making samosa. so one can call it the bengali version of samosa. but let me tell you the taste is completely different and no where close to a punjabi samosa. so if you are expecting the taste of a punjabi samosa in a shingara, then your expectations will not be met. instead of the slight tanginess present in a regular samosa, you will get a hint of sweetness and crunchiness of peanuts along with the earthy taste of cauliflower and potatoes in a singara.

aloo phulkopir singara is also made during winters in bengal due to the arrival of seasonal veggies like cauliflower and green peas. so during winters cauliflower as well as green peas are added in singara. though in the recipe you can skip cauliflower and add more potatoes. green peas also can be skipped.

aloo phulkopir singara recipe

for this shingara recipe, i have used panch phoron. panch phoron is a mix of five spices

  • fenugreek seeds (methi)
  • wild celery seeds (radhuni)
  • fennel seeds (saunf)
  • cumin seeds (jeera)
  • nigella seeds (kalonji)

if you do not have panch phoran, then just add 2 pinches of these five spices. instead of wild celery seeds (radhuni) you can use carom seeds (ajwain) or mustard seeds (rai). for a detailed post about panch phoron you can check this post – panch phoron recipe

making this bengali samosa is simple but does take time. the recipe makes for 14 singaras. you can halve or double the recipe if you want.

singara is deep fried. if you do not want to deep fry, then you can even bake or air fry them. to make the singara, you can check the method posted in this recipe of baked aloo samosa.

serve aloo phulkopir singara as an evening tea time snack with green chutney or tamarind chutney or mint coriander chutney. also accompany a few fried green chilies by the side.

if you want to check more recipes from bengali cuisine then do check:

aloo phulkopir singara recipe below:

bengali singara recipe
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singara recipe | aloo phulkopir singara recipe

singara also known as shingara is a popular tea time snack from bengal. the stuffing for the vegetarian version of singara is made from potatoes or cauliflower, potatoes and green peas.

course snacks, starters
cuisine bengali, indian street food
prep time 45 minutes
cook time 30 minutes
total time 1 hour 15 minutes
servings 14 singara
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for aloo phulkopir stuffing:

  • 150 grams cauliflower or 1.5 cups tiny cauliflower florets (phool gobi)
  • 225 grams potatoes or 3 medium potatoes or 1.25 cups small potato cubes
  • 1 cup fresh green peas or 135 grams green peas (matar)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon panch phoron
  • 1 medium onion - chopped or 60 grams chopped onions or ⅓ cup chopped onions
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste or 1 inch ginger, crushed to a paste in mortar-pestle
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ½ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder (dhania powder)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder (jeera powder)
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons water or add as required
  • salt as required
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar or add as required
  • 3 tablespoons roasted peanuts or salted peanuts

for singara crust:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour (maida)
  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt or add as required
  • ½ to ⅔ cup water or add as required

how to make recipe?

making aloo phulkopir stuffing for singara:

  1. rinse and then chop 150 grams cauliflower in tiny or small florets. you will need 1.5 cups small cauliflower florets.

  2. rinse 1 cup fresh green peas and keep aside.

  3. rinse, peel and chop 225 grams potatoes (3 medium potatoes) in small cubes. you will need 1.25 cups small potato cubes.

  4. heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan. 

  5. add ½ teaspoon panch phoron. 

  6. let the spices become aromatic and splutter.

  7. now add ⅓ cup chopped onions. stir and saute till the onions turn translucent.

  8. then add 1 teaspoon ginger paste. mix and saute till the raw aroma of ginger goes away.

  9. then add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, ½ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder, ½ teaspoon coriander powder and ½ teaspoon cumin powder. mix very well and saute for a few seconds. 

  10. add the chopped potatoes. mix and saute for 1 minute.

  11. then add the chopped cauliflower and green peas. season with salt as per taste. mix very well.

  12. add 4 to 5 tablespoons water and mix again.

  13. cover the pan with a lid and simmer the veggies on a low to medium-low flame.

  14. in between do check and if the veggies start sticking to the pan, then add a few more tablespoons of water.

  15. simmer till the veggies are tender and cooked. then switch off the flame. just cook the veggies till tender. do not make them mushy or overcook them.

  16. then add 3 tablespoons roasted peanuts or salted peanuts. also add ¼ teaspoon sugar.

  17. mix well and let this aloo phulkopir stuffing cool at room temperature.

making shingara dough:

  1. in a large parat (plate) or a bowl take 2 cups all purpose flour (maida). add 4 tablespoons oil and 1 teaspoon salt or add as required.

  2. mix the oil in the flour with your fingertips till you get a bread crumb like consistency in the flour.

  3. when you press a portion of the mixture in your palm, it should hold together and not crumble.

  4. now add ½ to ⅔ cup water or add as required. add water in parts.

  5. knead to a smooth dough. the dough should be smooth but slightly firm. it should not be too smooth. cover the dough with a moist cloth or kitchen napkin and allow to rest for 30 minutes.

  6. after 30 minutes, lightly knead the dough again and make a log. cut the dough log in 7 equal pieces. cover the pieces with a moist cloth or kitchen napkin.

assembling, stuffing and making singara:

  1. take one dough piece and roll in a ball. flatten and keep on the rolling board (chakla).

  2. with a rolling pin (belan) roll to a 7 to 8 inches round.

  3. cut the rolled dough from the center. now with your fingertip or with a small brush spread water on the edges of one of the cut dough.

  4. bring together the straight edge with one of its end overlapping a bit the other end. press and seal the edges. press the edges well, so that they get sealed. it will look like a cone.

  5. now with a small spoon, stuff the potato filling in the samosa cone.

  6. pinch a part in the edge and press both the sides. this helps the singaras to stand when placed on a tray.

  7. make sure there are no cracks. the edges should be joined very well.

  8. make all singaras this way. cover them with a moist cloth or kitchen napkin before you begin to fry them.

frying shingara:

  1. heat oil for deep frying in a kadai on medium flame. add a small piece of the dough and it should come up gradually and steadily.

  2. now gently add the singara (samosa). add 2 to 3 or 4 shingara depending on the size of the kadai.

  3. once all the singaras are added, then lower the flame. begin to fry the shingara on a low to medium-low flame.

  4. when one side is light golden then turn over each singara.

  5. continue to fry and when the second side is light golden, turn over again.

  6. this way keep on turning them and fry till the shingara have a nice golden crust.

  7. remove with a slotted spoon draining the extra oil.

  8. place shingara on kitchen paper towels to absorb extra oil. while frying other batches of shingara, slightly increase the flame. add samosa and again reduce the flame.

  9. serve aloo phulkopir singara hot or warm with some fried salted green chilis, tamarind chutney or coriander chutney or mint chutney or green chutney.

recipe notes

tips:

  • in case if you do not have panch phoran, then just add 2 pinches of the following spices – fenugreek seeds (methi), wild celery seeds (radhuni), fennel seeds (saunf), cumin seeds (jeera), nigella seeds (kalonji).
  • instead of wild celery seeds (radhuni) you can use carom seeds (ajwain) or mustard seeds (rai).


how to make aloo phulkopir singara recipe:

a) making aloo phulkopir stuffing for singara:

1. rinse and then chop 150 grams cauliflower in tiny or small florets. you will need 1.5 cups small cauliflower florets.

making aloo phulkopir singara recipe

2. rinse 1 cup fresh green peas and keep aside.

making aloo phulkopir singara recipe

3. rinse, peel and chop 225 grams potatoes (3 medium potatoes) in small cubes. you will need 1.25 cups small potato cubes.

making aloo phulkopir singara recipe

4. heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan. add ½ teaspoon panch phoran. in case if you do not have panch phoran, then just add a pinch of the following spices – fenugreek seeds (methi), wild celery seeds (radhuni), fennel seeds (saunf), cumin seeds (jeera), nigella seeds (kalonji). instead of wild celery seeds (radhuni) you can use carom seeds (ajwain) or mustard seeds (rai).

making aloo phulkopir singara recipe

5. let the spices become aromatic and splutter.

making aloo phulkopir singara recipe

6. now add ⅓ cup chopped onions.

making aloo phulkopir singara recipe

7. stir and saute till the onions turn translucent.

making aloo phulkopir singara recipe

8. then add 1 teaspoon ginger paste. mix and saute till the raw aroma of ginger goes away.

making aloo phulkopir singara recipe

9. keep the flame to a low. then add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, ½ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder, ½ teaspoon coriander powder and ½ teaspoon cumin powder.

making aloo phulkopir singara recipe

10. mix very well and saute for a few seconds.

making aloo phulkopir singara recipe

11. add the chopped potatoes.

making aloo phulkopir singara recipe

12. mix and saute for 1 minute.

making aloo phulkopir singara recipe

13. then add the chopped cauliflower and green peas.

making aloo phulkopir singara recipe

14. season with salt as per taste.

making aloo phulkopir singara recipe

15. mix very well.

making aloo phulkopir singara recipe

16. add 4 to 5 tablespoons water and mix again.

making aloo phulkopir singara recipe

17. cover the pan with a lid and simmer the veggies on a low to medium-low flame.

making aloo phulkopir singara recipe

18. in between do check and if the veggies start sticking to the pan, then add a few more tablespoons of water.

making aloo phulkopir singara recipe

19. simmer till the veggies are tender and cooked. then switch off the flame. just cook the veggies till tender. do not make them mushy or overcook them.

making aloo phulkopir singara recipe

20. then add 3 tablespoons roasted peanuts or salted peanuts. also add ¼ teaspoon sugar.

making aloo phulkopir singara recipe

21. mix well and let this aloo phulkopir stuffing cool at room temperature.

making aloo phulkopir singara recipe

making shingara dough:

22. in a large parat (plate) or a bowl take 2 cups all purpose flour (maida). add 4 tablespoons oil and 1 teaspoon salt or add as required.

making aloo phulkopir singara recipe

23. mix the oil in the flour with your fingertips till you get a bread crumb like consistency in the flour.

making singara recipe

24. when you press a portion of the mixture in your palm, it should hold together and not crumble.

making singara recipe

25. now add ½ to ⅔ cup water or add as required. add water in parts.

making singara recipe

26. knead to a smooth dough. the dough should be smooth but slightly firm. it should not be too smooth. cover the dough with a moist cloth or kitchen napkin and allow to rest for 30 minutes.

making singara recipe

27. after 30 minutes, lightly knead the dough again and make a log. cut the dough log in 7 equal pieces. cover the pieces with a moist cloth or kitchen napkin.

making singara recipe

c) assembling, stuffing and making singara:

28. take one dough piece and roll in a ball. flatten and keep on the rolling board (chakla).

making singara recipe

29. with a rolling pin (belan) roll to a 7 to 8 inches round.

making singara recipe

30. cut the rolled dough from the center.

making singara recipe

31. now with your fingertip or with a small brush spread water on the edges of one of the cut dough.

making singara recipe

32. bring together the straight edge with one of its end overlapping a bit the other end. press and seal the edges. press the edges well, so that they get sealed. it will look like a cone.

making singara recipe

33. now with a small spoon, stuff the potato filling in the samosa cone.

making singara recipe

34. pinch a part in the edge as shown in pic below. this helps the samosas to stand when placed on a tray.

making singara recipe

35. press both the edges. be sure there are no cracks. the edges should be joined very well.

making singara recipe

36. make all shingara this way. cover them with a moist cloth or kitchen napkin before you begin to fry them.

making singara recipe

frying shingara:

37. heat oil for deep frying in a kadai on medium flame. add a small piece of the dough and it should come up gradually and steadily.

making singara recipe

38. now gently add the singara (samosa).

singara recipe

39. add 2 to 3 or 4 singara depending on the size of the kadai.

singara recipe

40. once all the singaras are added, then lower the flame.

singara recipe

41. begin to fry the shingara on a low to medium-low flame.

singara recipe

42. when one side is light golden then turn over each shingara.

singara recipe

43. continue to fry and when the second side is light golden, turn over again.

singara recipe

44. this way keep on turning them and fry till the singara have a nice golden crust.

singara recipe

45. remove with a slotted spoon draining the extra oil.

singara recipe

46. place shingara on kitchen paper towels to absorb extra oil. while frying other batches of shingara, slightly increase the flame. add samosa and again reduce the flame.

singara recipe

47. serve aloo phulkopir singara hot or warm with some fried salted green chilis, tamarind chutney or coriander chutney or mint chutney or green chutney.

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