SAMOSA – step by step

May 2, 2008
Samosa is king of the snacks in India, people not only from India admire this versatile snack but is also loved and enjoyed world wide too.

Samosa is king of the snacks in India. People not only from India admire this versatile snack but is also loved and enjoys world wide. Honestly I started to admire this pyramid shape savoury snack  samosa when I moved out from India, Perhaps  this could be due to the fact that I miss seeing it very often. It is also a popular snack in Odisha and is widely known as Singhara. Go to any sweet vendor shop around 4 pm, you will see huge pan of oil gearing to deep fry samosas, Lover’s of this snack queuing up to indulge and enjoy this piping hot savoury snack dipped with chutney or sauce and drown it with a generous serving of masala tea. My journey (love affair) with samosa started off in a very interesting and adventurous way. We  had a potluck dinner party at our place in Sydney and each one of my friends decided to prepare a dish of their choice and bring it over. I volunteered to prepare this tedious snack for 30 adults, Wow!!! I still cannot believe it. I was hell bent to take up that challenge and finally managed to prepare  60 Jumbo pieces.

Thus started my journey and it is now  years  I still prepare this delicious snack often. On some special occasions or when hosting I am hosting a party, samosa always tops the list and this samosa recipe with homemade samosa dough is very popular  snack among my friends too.


Samosa Dough

3 cups- Plain flour
1/3 cup – oil
1 tsp- salt
cold water to knead.
Sieve the flour. Add oil and salt rub it with fingers so that it resembles a crumb mixture. Gradually add water to knead into a soft dough. Cover and keep it aside.

Potato filling

1 kg potato (boiled and roughly chopped)
1 cup peas fresh or frozen.
1 onion chopped
1 tbsp garlic minced
1 tbsp ginger minced

Dry masalas

2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp -Cumin powder
1 tsp-coriander powder
1 tsp- Turmeric powder
1 tsp  amchoor powder
1 tsp- Garam masala
1 tsp chilli powder
Salt to taste
¼ cup chopped coriander.
Raisins and cashew nut (optional)
Oil for deep frying

Heat 3 tbslp of oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds . When the seeds start to splutter, add chopped onions. Fry the onions till they are reddish brown. Add garlic and ginger mince. Add the frozen peas and sauté for couple of mins. Cover and cook the peas. Add all the dry masala.Then add the chopped boiled potatoes. Cook the mixture for 5 mins . Add salt to taste and garnish it coriander and nuts.The potato filling is ready.

Divide the dough into medium size ball depending on the size of the samosa you will need.
Roll the ball into a flat circle using a rolling pin.

Cut into half

Fold the dough as shown in the picture

Apply water on the edges and shape them into cones.

Fill the cones with potatoes

Seal them applying water on the edges

Prepare them and arrange them in a plate

Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan.  Fry them on a medium fire until they are crispy.

Serve hot with sauce or green chutney as u like.


PS– The rolled chapatti should not be thin otherwise it will have bubbles after  you deep fry. The great thing about these samosas are that they can prepared in advance. Arrange the filled pastry on a plate. Cling wrap them and store them in freezer. Deep fry them straight away before the guests come in.



Samosa is king of the snacks in India, people not only from India admire this versatile snack but is also loved and enjoyed world wide too.


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  • Reply Srivalli May 2, 2008 at 10:09 am

    wow..simply superb…you made 60!!!..God you have some patience!…they look so lovely…and nice step step pics..I love these so much!

  • Reply jayasree May 2, 2008 at 11:20 am

    Lovely… Samosas looks very crispy. Hats off to ur patience in making 60!!!

  • Reply TS May 2, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Samosas are always welcome in my home! Looks great.


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  • Reply Arundathi May 2, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    they look very good. my all-time favorite snack! can you possibly bake these? have you tried? i’d love to make them from scratch one day. i’m sure you can be really creative with the fillings too!

  • Reply ANJALI J. May 2, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    yesterday we got samosas from indian store, it was tasteless 🙁
    so i promised my hubby that i would try doing it at home.. u solved my prob, step by step method makes it easier to prepare samosas. Thanks

  • Reply Asha May 2, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    I haven’t made Samosas at home in a long time, must try your’s.Looks great, love the pics too. Enjoy the award as ell!:))

  • Reply kamala May 2, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    Nice step by step instructions.I love these so much

  • Reply sowmya May 2, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    lovely samosas…step by step instructions are quite good..

  • Reply eminent May 2, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    my husband loves samosa a lot,last time when i made it i could not get the exact shape.,now i got it.Thanks for sharing the secret.

  • Reply Vaishali May 2, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Pearlsofeast, I am so very impressed. The samosas look adorable and delicious.
    Congratulations on getting the yummyblog award, and thanks so much for passing it on to me. I truly appreciate it.

  • Reply Deborah May 2, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    You are so sweet! I’m glad you find my blog yummy!

    I have never even heard of a samosa, but they look so delicious!! I have been introduced to so many new foods from food blogging!

  • Reply Madhavi May 2, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    Awesome, nice step by step instructions. Samosa looks mouthwatering :))))

  • Reply Cham May 2, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Congrats on your award! Nice step by step recipes. U ve lots of patience! Great!

  • Reply Anonymous May 2, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Thanks for the step by step instructions. How do you make the outer cover crisp.

  • Reply Trupti May 2, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    lovely samosas & nice step by step instructions..

  • Reply ranji May 2, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    oh wow so many mouth watering samosas….can i have 1:)…great step by step instructions….delicious recipe

  • Reply Vaishali May 2, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    Pearlsofeast, please take a look at my blog – this time I have something for you. Enjoy!

  • Reply Divya Vikram May 2, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    nice step by step these

  • Reply meeso May 2, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    I remember the first Samosa I ever had was filled with beef and it was made by my friends mom…it is still, to this day, the best Samosa I ever had! Since then I have learned to make them myself, but they will never be as good as hers… Now I will have to give yours a try as they are one of my favorites 🙂 They look so tasty!

  • Reply Divya May 2, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    This is my all time favourite snack ..and your step by step instructions are very good …

  • Reply ANJALI J. May 3, 2008 at 3:30 am

    Hey thanks for ur comments P.

  • Reply Sreelu May 3, 2008 at 3:33 am

    Hey there you have a nice blog going, first time here. Samosa’s look mouth watering

  • Reply Nandita May 3, 2008 at 5:17 am

    I have never dared to make samosas at home…the feeling of laziness in taking up such a huge project when two of us at home will eat max two samosas each 🙂

    Your step by step post is really inspiring.

  • Reply Cilantro May 3, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Looks sooo good…I love them. Good instructions.

  • Reply Pravs May 3, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    wow, what a great effort and end result is great ! Liked the step by step pics. Congrats on the award.

  • Reply Kevin May 3, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    Those Samosa look good and sound really tasty! Making them for 30 people must have taken a long time. Nice step by step photo instructions.

    Thanks for the award!!

  • Reply Anonymous May 4, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    lovely delicious samosa)
    your way of presenting is cool and photographs make the mouth water

    gud work!!

  • Reply Daziano May 4, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    YUM! They look like tiny little panzerotti!!

  • Reply Namratha May 4, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    60 samosas, that’s a LOTTTTTT of samosas…great going! Nice pictorial, very useful.

  • Reply Passionate baker...& beyond May 5, 2008 at 1:07 am

    You should open a cafe…like a samosa cafe! WOW…look at the number of ‘hot sams’ (which is what they were called in school), & each of them perfect. Love the way you’ve explained the process…very nice POE!! Congrats on the yummy award!!

  • Reply Aparna November 9, 2008 at 1:08 am

    Congratulations, Shibani.
    And those samosas are making my mouth water.
    I had a similar first time samosa experience too. I decided to make them at home for my daughter’s 1st birthday. So my husband looked after the little one while I made samosas. 🙂

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