Samosa | Potato and Peas filled Savory Pastry

Samosa | Potato and Peas filled Savory Pastry

It has always been my dream to make my own Samosa | Vegan Potato and Peas filled Pastry. My love for this pastry started when I spent my childhood growing up in Uttar Pradesh. Being young, I was not as much as a foodie, but alwasy enjoyed samosas for snack. When we returned back to Chennai, we had a samosa wala who had a cart just outside our apartment and he made hot samosas and jalebi every evening.

Samosa | Potato and Peas filled Savory Pastry


On my way home, I would stand in front of his cart for few minutes adoring his flawless skill of making the samosa and shaping the Jalebi. At least 2 or 3 times a week, I would bring home couple of Samosas and jalebi to enjoy with mom. Back in US, all the Indian stores carry fresh samosa, but they just are not the same as the ones that I ate from the samosa wala back in Chennai. I guess making it in front of our eyes is the magic.

When I was thinking of street foods for this month’s BM, I right away marked Samosa for the alphabet S. My mother would have been very proud of the Samosas I made. They came out so well for the first time and it definitely built my confidence to make it often. The flavor of homemade samosas are amazing and definitely much better than the store bought ones.

Samosa | Potato and Peas filled Savory Pastry

It is not as hard as I anticipated. Just a little planning and a little time to shape . Also, the frying has to be done in medium flame and not rushed for that perfect, flaky texture of the Samosa. I made the traditional filling with potatoes and peas. Once comfortable, the shaping becomes much easier and faster. I served the samosa with some green chutney and sweet tamarind chutney.

Also, my son recorded a video of my Samosa shaping and edited it for ease. Pass on your comments on the video and whether it was useful to help shape the samosas.

Samosa | Potato and Peas filled Savory Pastry

My Other Posts in the A – Z Explore the Flavors Series

A for Akki Roti 

B for Baghrir with Orange Butter Sauce

C for Chickpeas Shawarma

D for Double Ka Meetha

E for Esquites

F for Farro Salad

G for Gur Papdi

H for Hayagreeva Maddi

I for Idli

J for Jau Ki Papdi

K for Karthigai Pori

L for Lemon Chia Seeds Muffin

M for Mysore Pak

N for Narali Bhath

O for Oatmeal Payasam

P for Pav Bhaji

Q for Quinoa Brown Rice Adai

R for Rajgira Aloo Poori

Preparation time – 15 minutes plus 30 minutes resting time
Cooking time – 60 minutes
Difficulty level – Intermediate

Ingredients to make Samosa | Vegan Potato and Peas filled Pastry – Makes around 20 medium ones

To make the Outer crust / dough –

  • Maida / All Purpose flour – 2 cups
  • Ghee / clarified butter (melted) – 4 TBSP (oil can be substituted to make vegan samosa)
  • Carom seeds / Ajwain – 1 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Water – as needed to make dough

To Make the Potato and Peas filling –

  • Potato – 3 (boiled, peeled and mashed)
  • Green peas – 1/2 cup (cooked or frozen)
  • Coriander seeds – 1 tsp
  • Fennel seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Ginger paste – 1 tsp
  • Green chilies – 2
  • Red chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala – 1/2 tsp
  • Amchur powder – 2 tsp
  • Chaat Masala – 1 tsp
  • Asafetida – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil – 2 tbsp

Samosa | Potato and Peas filled Savory Pastry

Procedure to make Samosa | Vegan Potato and Peas filled Pastry –

To make the Outer crust / dough –

  • In a wide bowl, add the flour, salt, ajwain and the melted ghee. Using your hands, rub the ghee and the flour together for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Make sure that you take time to mix the ghee into the flour well. This ensures that the samosa cover is flaky and crispy.
  • Once the ghee and the flour are mixed well, you can form a ball when pressed together and that will crumble upon breaking (refer to the picture).
  • Now slowly add water and form a soft dough. Knead the dough for 4 to 5 minutes and cover it with a cloth and let it rest for 20 to 30 minutes.

Samosa | Potato and Peas filled Savory Pastry

To Make the Potato and Peas filling –

  • Dry roast the coriander seeds and the fennel seeds for about 30 seconds and let it cool down. Coarsely grind it and keep it aside. You could also use a mortar and pestle to coarsely powder the seeds.

Samosa | Potato and Peas filled Savory Pastry

  • Cook the potatoes and peel it. Mash the potatoes leaving a little bit of chunks in it. I like a little bite when I eat the samosas and hence do not completely mash the potatoes.

Samosa | Potato and Peas filled Savory Pastry

  • In a pan, heat the oil and add the grated ginger and green chilies. You could make a paste with chilies and ginger, but I just used finely chopped green chilies.
  • Next add the green peas and let it soften a bit. I used frozen peas and let it cook for 5 minutes.
  • Now add the crushed coriander and fennel seeds and fry for a minute.
  • Add the rest of the dry spices; red chili powder, coriander powder, amchur powder, chaat masala and garam masala along with salt. Mix well and let it fry for a minute.
  • Add the mashed potato and mix well. Let the potatoes cook along with the spices for 5 minutes in low heat.
  • The stuffing is ready now. Let it cool down to room temperature before shaping the samosas.

Samosa | Potato and Peas filled Savory Pastry

To Shape and Fry the Samosas –

  • Once the dough has rested, divide it into 10 pieces and make a smooth ball.
  • Rub oil liberally on the rolling pin and on the surface and roll the dough ball into a roughly 8 inch oval.
  • Cut the oval into two halves using a sharp knife.
  • Make a cone with one of the half, sealing the edges with water. Refer to the video and picture for shaping.

Samosa | Potato and Peas filled Savory Pastry

  • Fill the cone with a tablespoon of filling and seal the top as well with water.
  • Shape all the samosas and also heat oil for deep frying.
  • Once the oil heats up, reduce the heat to medium and gently slide two shaped samosas into hot oil. Constantly rotate the samosa and let it evenly brown on all the sides. Make sure that you fry the samosa in low to medium heat. In high heat, the crust will not evenly cook and also will not be flaky.
  • Drain the samosas on a paper towel lined tray and serve hot with green chutney and sweet tamarind chutney.

Samosa | Potato and Peas filled Savory Pastry

Samosa | Potato and Peas filled Savory Pastry
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Samosa | Potato and Peas filled Savory Pastry

Course Appetizer, Snack, Street Food
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 58 minutes
Resting time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 13 minutes
Servings 20 Samosas

Ingredients

To make the Outer crust / dough -

  • Maida / All Purpose flour - 2 cups
  • Ghee / clarified butter melted - 4 TBSP (oil can be substituted to make vegan samosa)
  • Carom seeds / Ajwain - 1 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Water - as needed to make dough

To Make the Potato and Peas filling -

  • Potato - 3 boiled, peeled and mashed
  • Green peas - 1/2 cup cooked or frozen
  • Coriander seeds - 1 tsp
  • Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Ginger paste - 1 tsp
  • Green chilies - 2
  • Red chili powder - 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
  • Amchur powder - 2 tsp
  • Chaat Masala - 1 tsp
  • Asafetida - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Oil - 2 tbsp

Instructions

To make the Outer crust / dough -

  1. In a wide bowl, add the flour, salt, ajwain and the melted ghee. Using your hands, rub the ghee and the flour together for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Make sure that you take time to mix the ghee into the flour well. This ensures that the samosa cover is flaky and crispy.
  3. Once the ghee and the flour are mixed well, you can form a ball when pressed together and that will crumble upon breaking (refer to the picture).
  4. Now slowly add water and form a soft dough. Knead the dough for 4 to 5 minutes and cover it with a cloth and let it rest for 20 to 30 minutes.

To Make the Potato and Peas filling -

  1. Dry roast the coriander seeds and the fennel seeds for about 30 seconds and let it cool down. Coarsely grind it and keep it aside. You could also use a mortar and pestle to coarsely powder the seeds.
  2. Cook the potatoes and peel it. Mash the potatoes leaving a little bit of chunks in it. I like a little bite when I eat the samosas and hence do not completely mash the potatoes.
  3. In a pan, heat the oil and add the grated ginger and green chilies. You could make a paste with chilies and ginger, but I just used finely chopped green chilies.
  4. Next add the green peas and let it soften a bit. I used frozen peas and let it cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Now add the crushed coriander and fennel seeds and fry for a minute.
  6. Add the rest of the dry spices; red chili powder, coriander powder, amchur powder, chaat masala and garam masala along with salt. Mix well and let it fry for a minute.
  7. Add the mashed potato and mix well. Let the potatoes cook along with the spices for 5 minutes in low heat.
  8. The stuffing is ready now. Let it cool down to room temperature before shaping the samosas.

To Shape and Fry the Samosas -

  1. Once the dough has rested, divide it into 10 pieces and make a smooth ball.
  2. Rub oil liberally on the rolling pin and on the surface and roll the dough ball into a roughly 8 inch oval.
  3. Cut the oval into two halves using a sharp knife.
  4. Make a cone with one of the half, sealing the edges with water. Refer to the video and picture for shaping.
  5. Fill the cone with a tablespoon of filling and seal the top as well with water.
  6. Shape all the samosas and also heat oil for deep frying.
  7. Once the oil heats up, reduce the heat to medium and gently slide two shaped samosas into hot oil. Constantly rotate the samosa and let it evenly brown on all the sides. Make sure that you fry the samosa in low to medium heat. In high heat, the crust will not evenly cook and also will not be flaky.
  8. Drain the samosas on a paper towel lined tray and serve hot with green chutney and sweet tamarind chutney.

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18 thoughts on “Samosa | Potato and Peas filled Savory Pastry

  1. Samosas for the first time ! Wow ! Amazing !! Sandhya Samosas at the vendors in North are a treat by itself , these guys are so quick that I toh just keep gazing , ha ha !
    Well these samosas are tempting me right in the morning and after this comment I shall remove some home made ones from my freezer , really they are my weakness .
    The kids are smart these days and have done a wonderful job with the video . Hugs to them and big hug to you too .. your first samosas :))
    And yes your mom would definitely be blessing you , their loves do blessings are always with us .

  2. so perfectly made, Sandhya ! I loved that cute video. although I don’t make samosas as much as the kids love it, I had the same inhibition like u before making it for the first time. Potato and peas are such a classic combo, and I particularly loved the addition of crushed coriander seeds as I used it both in my samosa as well as aloo parathas 🙂

  3. You have surely made them so well and nobody would say its your first time Sandhya! You son has done a great job in recording it, kids are so smart and so helpful right…I love samosa and I think I can have some right now!

  4. wow such an addictive samosa and you make them so perfect sandhya .. Looks fabulous, I am craving some samosa now . Your son is so smart and how sweet of him to video the behind the scene ..

  5. Your first-time samosa came out so perfect aSandhya and now there is no stopping and you will make more. Love the cute video that your kiddo helped you to make.

  6. now i definitely have to make samosas tomorrow!! you guys are totally tempting me with your yumm samosas!!! potato and peas filling, a classic samosa filling, nothing can beat a big and hearty bite of a samosa!!! you have got perfect ones sandhya!

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