Learn how to make Best Samosa Recipe | Indian Punjabi Samosa Recipe with a simple and easy video tutorial. Samosa is a flaky savory stuffed pastry. Samosa is one of the most popular Indian snacks/appetizers which has its worldwide fame and its own huge fanbase. This is the best aloo samosa recipe you’ll ever need to know.
A hot cup of chai or coffee and some piping hot samosas can surely make your day. Oh, I just can’t resist a golden, crispy, flaky samosa pastry, stuffed with a spicy, mouth-watering filling. Can you? 🙂
Growing up in India and eating samosas were one of the best things that happened to me. I adored it and still do. Back in the time, whenever I had to choose between a samosa or a kachori or any other fried snack, I always opted for samosa. One exception though, I always struggled to choose between a samosa or a Pyaaz ki kachori. In those few cases, I opted for half of the both — the best of both worlds. 🙂
I love samosa so much that if I have rights to amend constitutional laws, I would definitely declare it India’s national food.
What is Samosa?
The Samosa is an Indian snack, entrée, or an appetizer made with all-purpose flour (aka maida) pastry shell. These blistered, crispy and golden pastries are stuffed with a deliciously addictive and spicy filling. This filling is generally a mixture of mashed boiled potatoes, green peas, and some essential spices.
The pasty is then deep-fried in oil until they are golden brown colored. It resembles a pyramid in shape.
What is Samosa called in English?
I don’t know if there is a word for ‘Samosa’ in the English language. To understand it better, you can imagine samosa as a fried or baked dish similar to a stuffed pastry with a savory filling.
What is in a samosa?
The samosa is a snack. They’re wonderfully spiced with mashed potatoes and green pea filling, then wrapped with all-purpose flour shell. They can be fried or baked.
Who invented the samosa? Which country invented samosa?
Hard to tell. But according to Wikipedia, Samosas were introduced to the Indian subcontinent in the 13th or 14th century by traders from Central Asia. The original dish was ‘Samsa’, which is a savory meat pastry prepared from meat, ghee, and onions.
How do you make crispy samosa dough?
For making crispy samosa dough you will have to add some oil or ghee. And make sure that you knead the stiff dough.
How to keep samosas crispy for a long time?
After frying samosas, you can keep them in the oven at a low temperature. This will keep samosa warm and crisp.
How are samosas made?
Samosas are incredibly easy to make and they taste extremely delicious. For making this delicious dish you’ll only need some basic ingredients which are easily available in any kitchen.
Make a pastry dough. Then make potato stuffing. Roll. Shape into pyramids. Stuff. Fry or bake. Done!
What pastry should you use for samosas?
All-purpose pastry shell is generally used for making samosa. But, you can also use puff pastry sheets or filo pastry sheets for making samosas.
Can samosas be baked?
Yes, you can easily bake a samosa. In fact, this is a great option for those who are calorie conscious and still want to taste the best food. The good thing is that I have given both baking and frying instructions in the video recipe on this page.
However, if you are someone who is after the authentic taste, and you want those flaky results in the pasty then I would suggest you try the fried version. They taste the BEST. And Once in a while, a fried samosa or two won’t harm. Isn’t it? 🙂
How to bake samosa in the oven?
For baking samosa, first, you’ll have to shape them. Arrange them on a lined baking tray, and then simply brush with oil. Bake in 180°C pre-heated oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes or till it becomes light golden in color, and crispy.
How to pan-fry samosas?
Half fill a deep-frying pan with vegetable oil and let it heat. Once hot, fry samosas on low heat for 5-7 minutes.
Are samosas gluten free?
No, inherently Samosa is not gluten-free because it is always made using white flour/all-purpose flour which is known as ‘Maida’ in Hindi. Some people like to make samosa with whole wheat flour. If you are avoiding gluten, then there are surely some ways to make it gluten-free.
Gluten Free option for Samosa:
- You can replace white flour with rice flour, soy flour, potato flour, tapioca flour, or any other gluten-free flour which is suitable for frying or baking such as gluten-free All Purpose Flour.
- You can also use rice paper sheets for wrapping samosa.
How do you make the potato filling for samosa?
Potato filling for samosa is stir-fried potatoes. For making samosa filling you will have to stir fry mashed potatoes and peas along with some essential spices.
Can you freeze filo pastry samosas?
Yes, you can. You can use this samosa for up to two months. When you are ready to bake the frozen filo pastry samosas, simply follow the baking instruction I have given in the video and in the written recipe box.
Can I bake frozen samosas?
Yes, you can.
How long does it take to fry samosas?
It takes 5-7 minutes for frying a small batch of samosa. Simply half-fill a thick and deep-bottomed frying pan. Do a test by dropping a tiny dough ball, if it sizzles and turns golden after 40-50 seconds, then that means the oil is ready. Drop samosas and fry until golden-brown and crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain onto a kitchen towel.
How long can I keep samosas?
If you loosely wrap cooked (fried/baked) samosas first in a kitchen tissue and then in a foil or plastic wrap, they will last for 2 days in the refrigerator.
Can you freeze samosas before cooking? Can samosa be made in advance?
Yes, they can be made in advance if you are planning to freeze them. Your freshly shaped samosas can last up to six months in the freezer.
After shaping samosas arrange them separately on a sheet pan or a freezer safe plate and freeze for 1-2 hours. When frozen you can transfer them into some freezer safe Ziploc bags or freezer friendly container and freeze.
For baking: Simply thaw the frozen samosas in the fridge before reheating them in the oven.
For frying: Thaw them at room temperature for about 30 minutes before frying.
Is Samosa vegan?
Yes, and no. Yes, because samosa is completely vegan if you are using vegetable oil for pastry dough and filling. And no, if you are adding ghee to the dough and the filling. So vegan or no vegan depends on the type of grease you are using.
Can samosas be reheated?
Yes, they can be reheated. You can reheat the samosa in the microwave for 1 minute, or simply bake them at 180°C pre-heated oven for 8-10 minutes or until they are crisp.
Can samosa dough be made in advance?
Yes, samosa dough can certainly be made in advance. After kneading the dough you can refrigerate it for up to 1 day. Let it set at the room temperature for about 30 minutes before you start shaping samosas.
Can samosas be made in the air fryer?
Yes, definitely. Brush samosa lightly with oil and air-fry them in a preheated air fryer for about 10-15 minutes at 200 °C. You will get the perfectly cooked, crispy golden pastry.
How to serve Samosa?
Samosa can also be stuffed between bread slices or bun, and they make a great samosa sandwich. You can also make some mouth-watering samosa chaat using a fresh or reheated samosa.
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