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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 potato and carrot and chop into pieces about the size of a pea. Put them in a pan of boiling salted water, bring to the boil and reduce heat to simmer. Thinly slice and chop the onion. 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 finely chopped ginger and the onion. Stir it all together and cook for about 5 minutes until the onion is translucent. Empty the contents of the frying pan into the saucepan with the potato and carrot, and boil for 10 minutes. Add the peas and finely chopped coriander, and the rest of the garam masala. Boil until the liquid has reduced to almost nothing - the mixture should be quite dry, not saucy.

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 spring roll or filo pastry because it is very difficult and time-consuming to make. I buy mine frozen from a Chinese grocery. The sheets are about 20cm (8 inch) square. You need to cut the square sheets of spring roll pastry into three strips (so that the strips are about four times longer than their height). Folding the samosas is a little bit complex and I don't think I can describe the technique in words. So look at the video that goes with this - how to fold samosas - the technique starts at about 5 minutes 30 seconds in.


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

•  1 small potato
•  1 small onion
•  1 small carrot
•  50 grams pea
•  2 cms fresh ginger
•  1 tbsp fresh coriander (cilantro)
•  1 tsp cumin seeds
•  1 tsp garam masala
•  0.5 tsp red chilli flakes
•  50 grams ghee
•  6 sheetss spring roll pastry

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

US (cups, sticks, etc)

Makes about 18 samosas
Prep time: 20 minutes.
Cooking time: 30 minutes.
Total time: 50 minutes.

Watch the video on YouTube