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Beef Samosas

Rated as 4.5 out of 5 Stars

"Beef and potatoes are the main ingredients folded inside these wonderful deep fried samosas. Chicken livers may be substituted for beef, if you choose. My friend from Bangladesh gave me this savory, spicy recipe. You just can't buy better in the shops."
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40 m servings 258
Original recipe yields 18 servings (18 samosas)


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  1. Bring a medium saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Stir in potatoes and peas. Cook until potatoes are tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain, mash together and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium high heat, heat the oil. Brown cumin seeds and bay leaf. Mix in onions and ground beef. Cook until beef is evenly brown and onions are soft, about 5 minutes. Mix in garlic, fresh ginger root. Season with black pepper, salt, cumin, coriander, turmeric, chili powder, cinnamon and cardamom. Stir in the mashed potato mixture. Remove from heat and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour, or until cool.
  3. Heat oil in a large, heavy saucepan over high heat.
  4. Mix cilantro and green chile peppers into the potato and beef mixture. Place approximately 1 tablespoon of the mixture onto each phyllo sheet. Fold sheets into triangles, pressing edges together with moistened fingers.
  5. In small batches, fry until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels and serve warm.


  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 258 calories; 14.8 23.8 7.6 21 346 Full nutrition

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Loved the filling, but thought the phyllo dough was unauthentic. So I got this recipe from an Indian friend... 2 cups of plain flour ¼ tsp salt 4 tbsp of oil/ghee 4 tbsp of water Method...

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I tried making this, maybe it just wasn't our tastes but we didn't like it, it needs something else, but I dont know what.

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Loved the filling, but thought the phyllo dough was unauthentic. So I got this recipe from an Indian friend... 2 cups of plain flour ¼ tsp salt 4 tbsp of oil/ghee 4 tbsp of water Method...

These are great, but I have two suggestions and a tip. 1) Use a green chile paste instead of fresh chiles. You can find it at Indian/Pakistani markets. Also known as green chile chutney. 2...

Excellent & yummy recipe, easy to make too! I lived in India during part of my childhood and Indian food is my fave ... and this recipe meets full approval and tastes so authentic! However, li...

I love this recipe. The ground beef is what makes the samosa so delicious. Don’t let the long list of ingredients daunt you from making this; the meat mixture is pretty easy to make once you get...

I made these with ground chicken, a handful of raisins and without the cilantro and green chiles. They were absolutely wonderful! For a more healthy version, bake the pastries in the oven on 400...

Looking for something a lil' different for your next have found it!! I LOVED THIS RECIPE, although I made a few minor adjustments. Phyllo dough is a bit difficult to work with, ...

Now I won't have to go to an Indian restaurant just to eat one of my favorite appetizers. These turned out really tasty. I added some crushed, dried chile peppers in the filling for some more ...

I used vegetarian ground beef and wonton wrappers (which were just the right size). They came out great.

We loved this! I didn't have any phyllo nor any other wrappers, and I didn't feel like going to the store to buy some, but I had some tortillas in the fridge. It was great! I topped it with Ched...