Punjabi Samosa recipe – Learn how to make best crunchy samosa with yummy flaky surface and delicious filling of green peas and boiled potato.
This samosa has put India on the world map. Worldwide, everyone knows what is a samosa. This samosa has been part of numerous love stories and has touched lives of millions of people in the world. Indian rains and conversations can never complete without spicy hot samosa and a cu of tea.
what is samosa
Samosa a deep fried or baked (healthier version) pastry. This pastry is normally all purpose flour. Normally samosa has a savoury stuffing. The stuffing can be green peas, mashed boiled potatoes, onions, lentils or in non-vegetarian version can have chicken, lamb, or beef. A samosa is identified by its unique 3D triangular shape. Samosa may have different shapes too, however 3D triangular shape remains the synonym of samosa.
Origin of samosa
Samosa originated in middle east and probably in central asia. It then traveled to Indian sub-continent and across the world. Samosa existed even by 13th century and noted scholars like Amir Khusrao and Ibn Battuta have mentioned samosa in their poetry.
Stuffing of samosa: You can have numerous stuffings for samosa. However, nothing can beat the taste of original Punjabi style of potato samosa. Some of the common stuffing of samosa are potatoes and peas, chicken, lamb, keema, lentils etc
Samosa making has the following key steps.
- Prepare the wrapping / pastry. Use all purpose flour / maida to make this pastry sheet for samosa. For authentic flavours, I have added carom seeds / ajwain in the dough. Add oil in the dough to get the crispy samosa.
- Prepare the filling of samosa. Prepare the stuffing of samosa. I have used no onion no garlic stuffing, using only boiled potatoes, peas and spices.
- Deep frying the samosa. Fry the stuffed samosa on low heat.
I have been a hardcore samosa lover. I remember the good old days when I will ask my dad to get samosa on his way back from work to home. Access to samosa became less often after I moved to U.K. This compelled me to start making samosa myself at home. I have now been making punjabi samosa at home for last 10 years. I am hoping my punjabi samosa recipe will help you get the best samosa.
This samosa recipe
- Is vegan
- Gives best samosa
- Is no-garlic and no-onion recipe
- Includes video which shows how to give samosa the authentic 3D shape.
Tips for flaky and crunchy samosa
- Mix oil in the dough. Adding oil in the dough reduces the changes of getting blisters / bubbles on samosa surface. Too little oil in dough will make the samosa crust hard. Check recipe for proportion of oil.
- Samosa dough should be kneaded mainly with oil and little water (use luke warm water only). More the water, higher the chance of getting bubbles on the surface while frying. Dough needs to be tight and not like one used for roti.
- Rolling of the dough. Dough should be rolled nor too thick or thin.
- Frying of the samosa. Samosa should be fried on low heat. High heat will cook the samosa on crust only.
Healthy version of samosa
You can bake or air fry the samosa, to get the less guilty version of samosa.
Serve samosa hot with green chutney or ketchup and tea.
Other version of Samosa
If you are samosa fan and wish to try out non-savoury version of samosa, you may like to check this apple pie samosa recipe.
You can make gluten-free samosa, by using multi-grain flour for the samosa wrapper. Rest of the recipe will remain the same.
You can also buy ready to use pastry sheet for samosa wrappers to save time and effort on getting the samosa dough ready.
Continue reading for step by step recipe of making punjabi samosa from scratch.
For the Wrapper / Pastry of Samosa
- 2 Cup All Purpose Flour/ Maida
- 4 Tbsp Oil
- 1/3 Tsp Salt
- 1/4 Tsp Carom Seeds / Ajwain
For Stuffing of Samosa
- 4 Potatoes Boiled – Medium Sized
- 4 Tbsp Green Peas Boiled
- 2 Green chillies Finely Chopped
- 1 Tbsp Ginger Grated
- 1 Tbsp Cashews Optional
- 1 Tbsp Raisins Optional
- 1/2 Tsp Cumin Seeds
- 1/2 Tsp Salt
- 1/4 Tsp Red Chilli Powder As per taste
- 1 Tsp Coriander Powder
- 1/4 Tsp Turmeric Powder
- 1/3 Tsp Dry Mango Powder / Amchur
- 1/6 Tsp Asafoetida
- 1/2 Tsp Garam Masala Powder
- 1 Tbsp Oil To be used in stuffing
- 300 Ml Oil Oil for deep frying (Not all will get used)
- Take all purpose flour / maida in a mixing bowl and add oil, salt, carom seeds to it and knead it to a stiff dough with the help of Luke warm water. Cover the dough and let it rest for a while till we prepare stuffing.
- Roughly mash the boiled potato. In a pan heat one tablespoon oil, add cumin seeds and once they crackle add green peas and chillies. Now add all the spices and boiled potato.
- Mix them well and now add chopped cashews and raisins. Again mix it and switch off the flame and transfer the mixture into a bowl once cooled.
- Now take the dough, again knead it for few minutes and divide it into 6 equal sized balls. Take one ball at a time and roll it into a oblong shape of around 8-9 cm in diameter.
- Cut this from middle and take one half circle. Apply little water on the edge and fold it to centre to make a conical shape.
- Now put 1.5 tablespoon of mixture into it and press and seal the edges.
- See the video to get the idea how to give samosa a proper 3D triangular shape.
- Once they are all ready, heat sufficient oil in a pan and deep fry all of them allowing 3-4 at a time till they nice crisp and golden brown in colour.
- Serve hot and enjoy with mint coriander chutney, tamarind chutney and Masala chai…
- Deep fry on low heat, if fried on high flame, then they will be golden from outside only but will not be crisp and cooked properly from inside.
- You can add other vegetable of your choice along with potatoes to make a healthy version like chopped carrot and corn.
- For a healthy low fat version-you can bake samosa at 180 degree for about 30- 35 minutes.