Matzah has gotten a bad reputation for tasting like cardboard. If you didn’t grow up eating it, you might agree. As a kid, I ate matzah all year long. My mom was the creative matzah–queen, and is the inspiration behind this recipe. She could turn dry matzah into masterpieces that made Passover my favorite food holiday of the year. Her secret was gently moistening it until it became pliable to create anything from taco shells to baklava.
In attempts to get excited for Passover, we would take the week to be inspired by different cultures and cuisines from our travels and experiences. Throughout the year—not just around Passover—we ate food from a variety of cultures and cuisines, and we were raised to be food lovers. This is a tradition that I’ve kept alive as I try to think outside the box when it comes to meals we share at home.
Primarily a vegetarian (except when it comes to chicken soup!) and avid traveler, inspiration for these ingredients comes from places I’ve been, want to visit and foods that I grew up with. This recipe is also inspired by my favorite cuisine, South Indian food. It’s been such an important and loved flavor in my life that my wedding was catered with a stack of dosas and pakoras from our favorite restaurant.
This recipe for Matzah Samosas starts with a spiced sweet potato mixture, and is packed with fresh garlic, ginger and curry spices, all tucked into a matzah wrapper that is baked until crisp.
The trick with the matzah is to make sure it’s hydrated without being soggy, which is why you let it sit for five minutes after soaking. Be gentle with the matzah, and don’t worry if it cracks in some spots; the egg wash will help seal your samosa pocket.
The trick with the matzo is making sure it’s hydrated without being soggy, which is why you let it sit for 5 minutes after soaking. Be gentle on the matzah, and don’t worry if it cracks in some spots; the egg wash will help seal your samosa pocket.
If you’re looking for more content that celebrates Jewish Indian interfaith couples, check out this story about Elana and Jai’s double wedding ceremonies or this story about a grandmother’s acceptance of her granddaughter’s Hindu husband.