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Vegetable Samosas

Introduction & method

Samosas are a delicious little Indian snack. These are mildly curry-flavoured, and I promise you, you won't be able to just eat one!

Vegetable Samosas Recipe

Make the filling

Peel the potatoes and chop into pieces about 1cm / half an inch. Put them in a pan of boiling salted water, bring to the boil and reduce heat to simmer. Grate the carrot. Thinly slice and chop the onion. If your peas are frozen, cover them in boiling water and let them sit for about 5 minutes. In a small saucepan, cover the potatoes with water, bring to the boil and simmer for 5-10 minutes until tender. Add the grated carrot for the last 2 minutes of cooking. In a dry frying pan on medium heat, lightly toast the cumin seeds and half of the garam masala for about 2 minutes. Add ghee and when it has melted add the onion. After 2 minutes, add the ginger garlic paste - stir it all together and cook for about 5 minutes until the onion is translucent. Drain the saucepan and roughly mash the potatoes with a fork. Add the contents of the frying pan, the drained peas and finely chopped coriander, and the rest of the garam masala. Stir well and set aside.

Make the samosas

As you know, I'm a big fan of making things from scratch, but I make an exception in the case of samosa or filo pastry because it is very difficult and time-consuming to make. I buy mine frozen from an Asian grocery. Folding the samosas is a little bit complex and I don't think I can describe the technique in words. I recommend you watch the video that goes with this.

Cook the samosas

Heat a pan that is half-full of oil on medium heat. When the oil is hot, carefully add enough samosas to form a single layer - don't crowd the pan or they won't cook evenly. Fry for about 5 minutes until the samosas are golden. Drain on kitchen paper, and when the oil is hot again, fry the next batch.

Samosas can be eaten hot or cold - they're delicious and more-ish either way.

The video above is from the Keef Cooks YouTube channel. Click here to see the video recipe of Vegetable Samosas on YouTube.

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Ingredients & Info

 4 small potatoes
 1 small onion
 1 small carrot
 50 grams peas
 1 tsp ginger/garlic paste
 1 tbsp fresh coriander (cilantro)
 1 tsp cumin seeds
 1 tsp garam masala
 half a tsp red chilli flakes
 50 grams butter or ghee
 22 sheetss samosa pastry


A small amount of paste made from equal parts flour and water to glue the samosas. Oil for frying.

US Customary/Imperial

Makes about 22 samosas
Prep time: 20 minutes.
Cooking time: 30 minutes.
Total time: 50 minutes.