Banana Samosas: A sweet twist of the popular Indian appetizer. The crispy wrapper is filled with tasty, flavorful banana for a delicious coffee-time snack or dessert.
Let me tell you how NOT to buy sunglasses.
I am kind of bad with sunglasses. Either I lose them, usually leave them behind some place I am not going back to (highway rest stop), or drop them and they break eventually, or put them on the bed or chair or couch and end up sitting down on them.
This probably doesn’t come as a surprise to you, since I confessed my clumsiness to you before already. My sunglasses end up victim of this clumsiness more than any other item because here in tropical Asia they are my daily companion.
So when we were in Melaka, Malaysia I was looking for another pair of sunglasses, yet again. On the weekend there is a famous night market called Jonker Street and of course there were many stalls selling shades in all shape and color.
Looking through the vast selection a pair of aviators caught my eye. When trying them on I was so surprised to see they actually fit my face. You see, with my small head it is difficult to find sunglasses that don’t make me look like a fly with compound eyes or give me some kind of alienesque appearance.
I really like the look of aviators, but this was the first pair I was actually able to wear. No question, of course I bought them. Sure, it was kind of difficult to see through them, but it was night time after all. Sunglasses are supposed to be worn when the sun is out, right?
Well, next morning came and I was still in love with the glasses. However, while sporting them at breakfast I realized that still I could only barely see through them. My husband on the other hand, could see his reflection in them quite well. Can you see him too?
There went the dream of me and my aviators. Take it from me: Don’t buy sunglasses at night time!
By afternoon I had picked up another pair already, another girly style. Surprisingly, they have lasted for a few months now and I also haven’t lost them yet 😉
Back to the banana samosas. Have you ever tried a non-savory version of this great Indian snack food? I tell you, these banana filled samosas were amazing with vanilla ice-cream and chocolate drizzle.
A home-made version is actually quite easy to create with egg roll or spring roll sheets and to make them healthier they can be baked instead of deep-fried.
- 2 bananas, mashed
- 12 egg roll/spring roll wrappers
- ¼ cup (50 mL) melted butter
- 12 chocolate squares (optional)
- 50 ml vegetable oil
- These banana samosas can be fried or baked. If baking, preheat oven to 350 F and line baking sheet(s) with parchment paper.
- Prepare egg roll wrappers by brushing both sides lightly with melted butter. Work 2 at a time, as they dry out quickly.
- Mash bananas and place a spoonful on each wrapper. Optionally, you can also add a chocolate square. Fold over wrapper to form a triangle. You can tuck in the last edge or seal it with a little water. This video shows a good technique for forming the triangle
- If baking, set samosas on lined baking sheet. Bake on middle rack 15 to 18 minutes, until golden. Turn over. Continue baking another 6 to 8 minutes, or until wrappers are golden and crispy.
- If frying, heat oil to medium heat in a deep pan. Deep fry samosas until golden and drain.
- Serve banana samosas warm with a dusting of icing sugar or a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.