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Samosadilla (Samosa Quesadilla)

Rated as 4.82 out of 5 Stars

"While it's true a perfectly made, expertly fried, and quickly served samosa is superior to this version, that can be a very rare combination of events. By comparison, this quesadilla approach is almost impossible to mess up, and if you use enough oil in your pan, you should be able to achieve a beautifully browned, crispy crust that rivals something out of a deep fryer."
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1 h 15 m servings 433
Original recipe yields 6 servings (6 large samosadillas)


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  1. Cut potatoes into 1/4-inch cubes. Transfer into a pot of cold water. Stir in salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Simmer over medium heat until cubes are tender but still hold their shape, about 15 minutes. Drain potatoes in a colander and set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil and butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion. Cook and stir until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, combine 1 teaspoon kosher salt, garam masala, cumin, coriander, turmeric, and cayenne in a small bowl for the spice mix.
  3. Add serrano pepper, garlic, ginger, and the spice mix to the onions. Cook and stir until mixture is well combined, about 2 minutes. Add peas; cook until heated through and slightly tender, about 3 minutes.
  4. Transfer mixture into a bowl with the potatoes. Add cilantro and lemon juice. Mix with a spatula until filling is well combined, with some potatoes partially mashed. Add more salt if needed.
  5. Combine cilantro, mint, green onions, serrano pepper, lime juice, and yogurt in a blender. Blend until smooth. Season with salt.
  6. Spread a few spoonfuls of the filling over one half of 1 tortilla. Fold in half. Repeat with remaining filling and tortillas.
  7. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook each quesadilla until browned and crispy, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer quesadilla onto your work surface and cut in thirds. Plate and serve at any temperature, alongside the chutney sauce.


  • Chef's Notes:
  • Substitute lime for lemon in the filling if desired.
  • Feel free to melt some mild cheese over the tortilla before adding the filling.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 433 calories; 13 70 11.9 6 916 Full nutrition

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Wow! This recipe was so good. This is my new favorite recipe for curried potatoes. I used the potato filling to make samosas and it was perfect.

Made according to John’s recipe with only modifying the cayenne pepper, I included maybe 1/8 tsp which for my family was more than adequate. This is a keeper, any leftovers...

Amazing taste. Bonus. Comes with sauce. Caution on heat of Serrano pepper

Very good. I added chickpeas.

Very easy to make and really yummy. Thank you!

Alu samosas are my favorite thing to get at an Indian restaurant, and the taste of the filling is just as delicious. Using tortillas was much easier and faster. I will make these again.

I didn't put cilantro in as I can't stand it and switched the green peas out for some sweet corn but I loved the recipe and will do it again and again, I'm sure. Especially since I now have vege...

Delicious! The filling is just right, and the flour tortilla is surprisingly good. The only thing I changed was that I made some tamarind chutney to dip them in, which is my favorite for samosa...