Making Samosas

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February 14, 2017

cut samosa on plateSamosas are savoury, aromatic, delicious pastries from India. This how to make them in a flash using pre-made dough. These are a huge hit in my house!


Prep Time: 40 min (including wait time)

Cook Time: 20 min

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 4 large samosas

Link: This goes really well with my mango pickles posted on ThriftyFun!


  • 1/2 lb frozen dough, defrosted
  • 1 large potato, chopped into bitesized pieces and boiled
  • 1 hardboiled egg, chopped
  • 1/4 onion, chopped
  • 1 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp ground coriander seeds
  • 3 large mushrooms, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. In a pan, fry the mushrooms, onion, and garlic with the ginger powder for a few minutes.
  2. frying mushrooms, garlic, onions and ginger in pan
  3. Add the boiled/diced potato, chopped boiled egg, spices, salt, pepper and cilantro. Cook for a couple minutes then turn off the heat.
  4. Adding spices to pan
    Adding chopped egg and cilantro to pan

  5. Flatten the dough with a rolling pin and cut into 4 equal pieces.
  6. cutting dough into 4 pieces
  7. Roll each section of dough as wide as possible with your rolling pin. This will make your samosa crispy.
  8. rolling dough pieces flat
  9. Diving your filling into four sections.
  10. dividing filling into 4 parts
  11. Spoon your filling to the 4 pieces of dough.
  12. adding filling to flattened dough

  13. Pull up the corners of the dough and press together with your fingers. Seal up the sides by pinching the dough tightly.
  14. drawing dough around filling
    Pinching dough together
  15. Place uncooked samosas on lightly floured plastic wrap. Sprinkle tops with some flour and cover with plastic wrap. Let sit for 30 minutes at room temperature.
  16. samosas on floured plastic wrap
  17. Bake in 350 F oven for about 20 minutes.
  18. Baked samosas
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August 2, 2006

Does anyone have an easy recipe for the Indian pastries called samosas?

Pal from Cincinnati, OH


August 3, 20060 found this helpful
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Wow, these look like an awful lot of work! Must be good.

Samosas: Fried Indian Vegetable Pastries Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, 2002

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour


3/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ghee, clarified butter or vegetable oil, plus 1/4 cup, plus extra, for frying
6 to 8 tablespoons ice water
1 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
1/2 cup chopped yellow onions
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 hot green chile peppers, minced
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
2 large baking potatoes, like russets, about 1 1/2 pounds, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch dice, and boiled until just tender
1/2 cup par-cooked and drained green peas
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

To make the dough, sift the flour and salt into medium bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of the clarified butter and rub the mixture between the palms of your hands to evenly distribute, letting the fat-coated flour fall back into the bowl. Continue until the flour is evenly coated. Add 6 tablespoons of the water, mix, and work until the dough comes together. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 4 minutes into a firm dough. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rest for 30 minutes.


To make the filling, in a large saute pan or skillet, heat the remaining 1/4 cup of clarified butter over medium-high heat. Add the coriander seeds and cook, stirring, for 10 seconds. Add the onions and ginger, and cook, stirring, until starting to caramelize, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, chile peppers, garam masala, salt, turmeric, and cayenne, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 30 to 45 seconds. Add the potatoes and cook, stirring until the potatoes start to color and become dry, about 3 minutes. Add the peas and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and add the cilantro and lemon juice. Stir to combine, then adjust the seasoning, to taste. Let sit until cool enough to handle.

On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for 1 minute. Divide into 2 equal portions and roll each into a 1/2-inch thick rope. Cut each into 8 equal parts and roll into smooth balls. Place each ball on the floured surface and roll into a thin circle, about 6-inches in diameter. Cut each circle in half (2 semi-circles). Spoon about 2 teaspoons of filling in the center of each semi-circle. Brush the edges with water and fold the dough over the filling. Press the edges together to seal. Place on a baking sheet and repeat with the remaining ingredients.


Preheat the oil in a large pot to 350 degrees F. Add the pastries in batches and cook at 300 degrees F, turning, until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Serve hot.,1977,FOOD_9936_19508,00.html

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August 4, 20060 found this helpful
Best Answer

I have an Indian cookbook---these look very good. It does say that they require alot of time and hard work---but it makes 30 of them and you can always freeze before or after frying!!!
Vegetable Samosas:
1 packet spring roll pasty/thawed and wrapped in a damp dish towel.
Veggie oil---for deep frying
3 large potatoes/boiled and coarsely mashed
3/4 cup frozen peas/cooked and drained
1/3 cup canned corn kernals/drained
1 tsp ground corinander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp mango powder
1 small onion (red if available)/finely chopped
salt to taste
2 fresh green chillies/finely chopped
2 tbsp each---chopped fresh cilantro and mint
juice of 1 lemon

1---Toss all the filling ingredients together in a larger mixing bowl until blended well. Adjust seasoning of salt and lemon juice, if necessary.
2---Using one strip of pastry at a time, place 1 Tbsp of the filling mixture at one end of the strip and diagonally fold the pastry to form a triangle.
3---Heat enough oil for deep-frying and fry the Samosas in small batches until they are golden brown. Serve hot with fresh cilantro, relish or chilli sauce.

Thats it!! Really, it doesn't seem that hard to do!! Let us know how you do!!! Have one for me!!! Enjoy!!

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