Samosas are little fried Indian dough pouches filled with vegetables and/or meat. This vegetarian recipe calls for many spices. Indian and Asian specialty food stores carry most of them, but if you can't find one, season by taste as you go along. Feel free to add turmeric, mustard seeds, or dried cilantro.


Recipe Summary

30 mins
30 mins
1 hr 45 mins
45 mins
16 samosas


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.

  • Sift flour and salt together in a bowl. Add 4 tablespoons oil and rub in using your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs. Slowly add about 4 tablespoons water and gather dough into a stiff ball. Transfer dough to a clean work surface and knead until smooth, about 10 minutes. Set aside for at least 30 minutes.

  • Heat 5 tablespoons oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Add onion to hot oil and stir-fry until golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Add cilantro, peas, chiles, 3 tablespoons water, and ginger. Cover and simmer over low heat until peas are cooked, about 5 minutes. Add more water if necessary to keep pan from drying out.

  • Add cooked potatoes, lemon juice, coriander, chaat masala, amchur, cumin, garam masala, cayenne pepper, and salt to the frying pan. Stir to mix gently, adjust seasonings if necessary, and allow filling to cool for a few minutes.

  • Combine 1/4 cup water and 2 tablespoons flour in a small bowl for the glue.

  • Knead dough and divide into 8 balls; keep covered while assembling the samosas. Roll one ball into a circle roughly 7 inches in diameter. Cut in half using a sharp knife. Roll one half-circle into a cone with a 1/4-inch wide overlapping seam, gluing the seam together with a little bit of flour-water glue. Fill cone with 2 1/2 tablespoons of filling. Close top by using more flour-water mixture and pinching to seal. Flute top using fingers or the prongs of a fork, if desired. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.

  • Heat 1 cup oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Deep-fry samosas in the hot oil until golden, 3 to 5 minutes each.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Cook's Note:

You can use ghee in place of oil when preparing the dough, if you prefer.

Nutrition Facts

397 calories; protein 7.1g; carbohydrates 50.6g; fat 18.8g; sodium 216.5mg. Full Nutrition