Homemade Restaurant Style Samosas

I consider myself very blessed to live in the city that I do.  It has a diverse community made up of various different cultures from countries all over the world.  That translates to having many local ethnic restaurants and speciality grocery stores just a short drive away.  Since I most certainly won’t ever have the chance to travel to all of the countries represented in my little city, I’m excited to at least have access to their custom foods.

Great Indian and Pakistani restaurants are every where.  Along with chicken tandoori, veggie biryani, and baingan bharta served with fresh steamy naan, I love to order samosas.  I can down quite a few all on my own.  The problem is sometimes they are just so insanely spicy that I feel like my eyes are going to explode out of my head.  I like a little spice, but not enough to lose my vision.

Months (and months) back, a fellow blogger had posted a samosa recipe and I knew I had to attempt my own homemade samosas.  I ended up researching a few recipes all over the web until I came up with my own recipe that worked for me.  Feel free to adjust the recipe to your taste.

Potato and Pea Samosas

Ingredients:

Filling:

  • 5-6 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • half a medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup peas
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • handful cilantro, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Pastry Dough:  {via Cooking Pleasures}

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • pinch of salt

Directions:

For dough:

1. In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, and oil.  Mix well with your hands to form a coarse mixture.

2. Add water and knead until smooth.  Set aside to rest as you prepare the filling mixture.

For filling:

1. Fill a small pot with water with a sprinkling of salt, add potato cubes.  Bring to a boil and cook potatoes until tender but not mushy. Drain and set aside.

2.  In a large skillet, heat about 1-2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat.  Add onions and saute until soft.  Add peas and saute until warmed through.

3. Add remaining ingredients, except cilantro, to peas and mix thoroughly. Remove from heat.  Add cooked potatoes and cilantro.  Mix well.  Allow mixture to cool before assembling.

To make samosa:

Prepare your deep fryer or heat your vegetable oil in a medium or large saucepan as you would normally to fry something.

1.  Cut dough and shape into small golf ball sized balls.  On a floured surface, roll out each ball and cut in half.

2. Create cones from each half.  Add potato and pea filling into each cone and seal edges with water.  Firmly press edges together so they don’t open during frying. Repeat with remaining dough.

3.  Depending on the size of your saucepan, add samosas and fry until golden brown.  Do not crowd them.  Turn if necessary.  Remove from oil and drain on a paper towel lined platter.

Serve hot or warm with cilantro chutney (spicy), tamarind sauce (sweet), and/or plain yogurt (cool).  I like a mix of all three.  All are store bought but feel free to make your own if you know how.  I don’t.  Thank goodness for all of the local ethnic shops.

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10 Responses to Homemade Restaurant Style Samosas

  1. Ameera says:

    Yummy ! Thanks Amnah …totally making it today inshaAllah

  2. Mariam says:

    Oh yum!! I thought the filling would be super duper difficult. I practically have most of the ingredients in my kitchen cabinet (I actually have a cabinet for myself and my ingredients, no one is allowed to put their things in it!)

    I WILL be making it very soon and will let you know how it goes.

  3. Humaira says:

    Do you know I have been looking for the longest time for a samosa recipie that is flour based. Since I’m Pakistani anyway, we buy our pastry from the local shop. Sheets for spring rolls cut length ways. But I find it fiddly to use and I love these kind of samosa’s more! Will try In Shaa Allah!

    • Amnah says:

      I love samosas that use actual dough instead of the spring roll wrappers. It makes it more authentic and tastes way better. Let me know how it turns out for you.

  4. Kimberly says:

    I have two recipes for samosas that are a bit complicated for me. I miss where we used to live – it was sooo easy to find restaurants and specialty grocery shops that cater to just about every culture you can think of! Samosa are my favorite; I might give your recipe a try, insha’Allah…

    • Amnah says:

      If a recipe is complicated, I tend to avoid it. This one seems managable enough with it’s simple steps. The filling can be made in advance and I’m pretty sure the dough can be as well. Good luck with this recipe!

  5. Iman says:

    You would make my mother-in-law proud!

  6. zina says:

    dough correction…..2 c flour 1 c water instead of 1 more cup of flour. Looks good overall. thanks.

  7. misha says:

    Looks yummy~!
    Visiting you from the FamilySTyle FB page. You posted your website there :) I’m going to have to try some of your recipes, I love cooking!

  8. Amnah says:

    Thank you for spotting that! Corrected.

  9. Anisah says:

    As Salamu Alaikum sis!! I am so thankful to our Lord that I found your page!! I have been blogging for a few years now, and I have had so much trouble finding “muslim mommy blogs”. I felt alone and started feeling like I was weird. Subhanullah, I decided to go search for some sisters. And Al-humdulillah, here you are!

    • Amnah says:

      I was the same way! I thought I was the only Muslim Mom blogger, but I’ve found many other bloggers since I’ve started! It’s nice to know there are similar Muslim moms with similar interests out there. Keep on blogging!

  10. Sadia says:

    MashAllah, what an amazing blog you have. I have been following several mommy blogs for over a year now, but after a while I started getting a little tired of stuff that I just can’t relate to as a Muslim mother. I am really glad I came across American Muslim Mom that referred to this blog. Your web design is beautiful, and such great pictures. Your two little girls are precious, and congratulations on the third little one on the way!

    • Amnah says:

      Thank you Sadia! I was in the same boat as you about finding Muslim Mom blogs that I just couldn’t relate to. I’m so glad that you’ve found me and hope that you continue to enjoy my blog. Thank you for your kind words and well wishes!

  11. Ummi says:

    The samosas look really yumm!

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