Samosas: Curry on over here and have some

Who doesn’t love to eat with their fingers?

Honestly, I believe that behind closed doors everyone wants to pick up their food, take a bite, and be able to hold onto their own little bit of yumminess, literally, between finger and thumb.

Think about it. Even the Queen at tea time is holding her cucumber sandwich or scone in her fingers. Sure, she could order the beheading of anyone who tried to steal her plateful of goodies, but why deal with all that fuss when you can just pick up what you want to eat and hold it safe until you’re finished?

Smoky, spicy samosas fit the finger-friendly bill to a T. These two-bite wonders are filled with a mixture of onion, curry, potatoes, and peas, wrapped in a flaky pastry crust that can be made in less than 5 minutes.

They can be made in big batches ahead of time and frozen unbaked for weeks.

Can you say after-school snack? Pre-practice pick-me-up? Midnight munchie? Any time of day or night these folded pastries are going to satisfy.

Here’s how we start our Samosas:

To make Quick Flaky Pastry:

Blend together  2 1/2 cups (10 1/2 ounces) King Arthur Unbleached All Purpose Flour with 1/2 teaspoon salt.  Work in 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) cold butter with a pastry cutter or your fingertips until the whole mixture looks like rough granola.

Take another 1/2 cup butter and work it into the mixture, leaving butter pieces about the size of raisins, or dried cranberries.

To make really flaky pastry, take some of those leftover large pieces and squish them between your fingers.

Like this. These leaves of butter will become coated in flour in the dough. As the butter melts and steams away, the coating of flour becomes hollow, making your pastry dough flaky.

Slowly  drizzle in ice water and mix the dough with your fingertips until it begins to hold together.

Pick up a clump and give it a squeeze with your hand.

If it holds together nicely, it’s ready. If it breaks into clumps add a bit more water. If it sticks all over your fingers it’s too wet, and you’ll need to add a touch more flour.

Gently give the dough ball a few kneads until it comes together. Press it out into a disc about 1/2″ thick, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Overnight is fine as well.

The dough can also be made in a food processor in the blink of an eye. Add the flour and salt and pulse about 10 times. Add the first half of the butter and pulse until you get to the granola stage.

Add the rest of the butter, pulse again, then the ice water. When the dough looks a bit like dry cottage cheese, give it the squeeze test.

Perfecto! Wrap it up and into the chiller.

If you’re baking today, preheat the oven now to 400°F.

While the dough is chilling you can make the curried potato and pea filling.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a medium-sized sauté pan. Add 1 cup diced onions and 2 cloves minced garlic, cooking for 2 to 3 minutes until the onions turn translucent. Take care not to burn the garlic.  Add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cumin (to taste), and 1 teaspoon curry powder. Cook for 1 more minute.

Add 2 cups cooked, drained, chopped potatoes.

Blend and mash the potatoes together with the onions and spices. I like my filling a bit on the smooth side, but you can leave chunks of potato depending on what you prefer.

What a great golden hue this filling has – and such an exotic, enticing aroma!

Blend in 1 cup thawed frozen peas,taking care not to mash them too much. They’ll provide a nice pop when you bite into the samosas. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, and some hot sauce if you like. Sriracha hot sauce is wonderful, and is becoming a worldwide favorite. It’s the one with the green rooster on the bottle.

Now you’re ready to roll!

Roll the chilled dough on a well-floured surface to about 1/8″ thick. You can vary the size of the cutter depending on how large you want your samosas to be. For a nice two-bite appetizer, I used a 2 3/4″ round cutter.

Cut your rounds, brush one half with egg wash if desired (it makes the samosas easier to seal), and fill each with about 2 tablespoons filling.

You can make egg wash from 1 egg beaten with a tablespoon of water and a pinch of salt, or you can use liquid eggs from a carton, a favorite of our own Susan Reid.

Fold over the dough and pinch the samosa closed with your fingers. For added insurance you can use the tines of a fork to seal the edges as well. Again, brush with egg wash, if desired; it’ll give the samosas a shiny/golden crust.

FREEZING: At this point, you can freeze the filled samosas before baking. Just put the whole tray in the freezer until they are solid, then store in a labeled zip lock bag for 4 to 6 weeks.  To bake, place the frozen pastries on a baking sheet and pop them into a pre-heated oven. Add a few minutes to the baking time.

Bake the samosas on parchment-lined baking sheets for about 20 minutes, or until light golden brown. You can also fry the samosas in hot oil as you would fry a turnover, but I prefer baking. Lower fat is a bonus in my book.

Hot, crisp and flaky!

I couldn’t resist this particular samosa with the one pea peaking out like a pearl.

These bite-sized beauties definitely qualify as treasure to me. Serve them as appetizers on the deck with ice cold beer, or make them a bit larger and serve with a cool rice salad for a weekend meal. Then kick back and enjoy the warm burn of curry-cumin as you hold onto a puffy piece of perfection.

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MaryJane Robbins

MaryJane Robbins grew up in Massachusetts and moved to Vermont 20 years ago. After teaching young children for 15 years, she changed careers and joined King Arthur Flour in 2005. MaryJane began working on King Arthur Flour's baker’s hotline in 2006, and the blog team ...


  1. anon..anon

    if doubled in size, as for a meal, would baking time increase? if so, how much? thank you.
    Yes, if you make bigger samosas, you’ll need to increase the baking time accordingly. Final time will vary by just how big they are, but look for the same signs. Light golden brown all over, and a slight sizzle. ~ MaryJane

  2. ancameni

    they look amazing. I am already planning when i can make them. I suppose exchanging the filling at times e.g. for a shepherds pie filling or meat pie filling would not breaking the law?! Looking forward to making these. how do you bake these after they are frozen? just thaw and bake or just bake?
    Hi there,
    As far as I am concerned, the sky is the limit for fillings. No food police here, so use what makes you happy. For frozen samosas, just put them frozen on the pan and into the hot oven. You’ll need to add a few minutes to the bake time. Enjoy!
    ~ MaryJane

  3. coalpt

    Wow these look yummy, can’t wait to try them…if I do freeze them before baking …do they go straight from the freezer to the oven?…Do i add some baking time? Thanks for this delicious idea!
    Yes, these can be frozen before baking, and then baked straight from the freezer. You’ll need a bit of extra baking time too. ~ MaryJane

  4. AnneInWA

    These look wonderful! I bet they would be good made as mini calzones, or even pocket pies, breakfast pies with scrambled eggs, bacon and cheese, or pocket s’mores…I will have to probably triple the recipe due to a large family, are there any adjustments I should make?

    Thanks Mary Jane! These look wonderful!
    Hi Anne,
    I love the egg, bacon and cheese idea. It would be great for days when you have to travel, breakfast to go. Rather than tripling, I’d suggest making a double batch plus a single batch. That should give you plenty of dough to work with. OR do two double batches and make extras to freeze. ~ MaryJane

  5. ebenezer94

    Yum, I love samosas. Your crust is very indulgent (with 1 cup butter) but does look fabulously flaky. Do you use a dipping sauce with yours?
    It is a rich crust but it works to balance out the spicy filling. For one testing batch I made a dip with Sriracha and greek yogurt and it was quite popular. ~ MaryJane

  6. "Mrs. Hittle"

    i LOVE samosas! This post made me so happy! i am absolutely going to make a bunch of these. i’m glad to know they can be frozen; that means samosa deliciousness any time i want them!

    Woot, woot! Here’s to a freezer full of fun! ~ MaryJane

  7. cadfael

    I have been trying to add this recipe to my recipe box with the Add button but it just won’t work. This is the first time I have tried since the changes to the site. Any suggestions

    Looks like that function isn’t working right now – I’ve put in a trouble ticket to our Web support group, and hopefully it’ll be back in action soon. Thanks for letting us know – PJH

  8. Alun

    These look more like curry puffs than samosas ?

    We see your point – maybe making this version will inspire bakers to branch out to the traditional curry puffs or traditional samosas! Happy Baking! Irene @ KAF

  9. LeeB

    I love your flaky pastry pictures, especially the peeping pea 🙂
    Thanks for the make-and-freeze directions. I use PJ’s frozen scone dough idea all the time. It is so great to have homemade convenience food. Much healthier and less expensive!

    Thanks, Lee – glad you’re enjoying the fruits of your own pantry… Nice to hear from you again! PJH

  10. Kim

    Do you think this would work well with King Arthur’s Gluten-Free Flour? Would I need to add xanthan gum?

    We haven’t tried a GF version of these, Kim; but you might try substituting our recipe for gluten-free pie crust for the pastry, and adding the filling as directed. That should work – PJH

  11. montbaker

    Yum! I made these in the morning, froze and baked for dinner! For the filling I mashed a roasted sweet potato and added peas, tandoori spice, curry, salt and pepper. Wonderful!

    Great! Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm here… PJH

  12. "Sarah d"

    very yummy, but mine came out a little dry…do you have any suggestions for a dipping sauce that would pair well with these?

    Sarah, I’d suggest any yogurt-based sauce. Maybe a thinned down, puréed tzatziki? PJH

  13. waikikirie

    Was looking forward to making these on Sunday. Due to “Irene’s” possible arrival, will have to postponed until next weekend. Love reading about the variations others have mentioned. Hope everyone stays safe and dry.

    Best wishes to you, too – I hear predictions of 80mph winds tomorrow! Now THAT’S a breeze, at least around these parts… 🙂 PJH

  14. slawdogs

    We just made these — they were great — but 2 tablespoons was way too much filling for the 3″ rounds of pastry. Do you mean 2 teaspoons? One tablespoon was about right…..
    I will have to check with the author on this one, but from what I remember, these are pretty packed with filling. Probably just shy of 2 T. Thank you for your valuable feedback and glad you enjoyed the recipe! Elisabeth
    The 2 tablespoons seemed to work out well here, but you can definitely use less to ensure that your samosas don’t burst. ~ MaryJane

  15. Action_Kate

    Is parchment paper absolutely required, or could I get away with a greased airbake cookie sheet? Or plain old tinfoil?

    Either one of those options should work just fine. Give it a try. Frank @ KAF.

  16. deidremefford

    As usual you guys at KAF take the mystery out of making all things good. Only caveat to the Samosas would be that the spices were too timid – might be an East Coast/West Coast kind of thing? As it is I dipped each samosa in at least 1/2 tea of Sriracha. Zhug a Yemeni paste/salsa that comes in red or green is wonderful too.
    Hi Deidre,
    I tend to be a little on the wimpy side about heat, plus when I’m feeding a crowd I find it better to err on the mild side and let folks add extras to spike the heat. I’m glad you found a yummy way to get the burn you wanted.
    ~ MaryJane

  17. Action_Kate

    @deidre: I don’t know which coast you’re on, but I’m from New Jersey and these definitely need a kick of something. Mine came out lovely, just as advertised, but unassuming… I like my food a little more assertive. Next time I’ll use hot curry and more of it. 🙂

  18. misoranomegami

    *does a little dance* Making these tonight for a party tomorrow. Can’t wait! Though given the comments above I’ll definitely be taste testing the filling for preapproval. 🙂 I test everything that doesn’t have raw eggs in it… you know for .. quality assurance and um.. excellence *hides spoon*. I’m used to some that have a thinner casing but these still look wonderful. I’m thinking though that I’ll probably make the filling with frozen peas and then just let it come to room temperature in the mix. I think they’ll mush less that way.

  19. "Quantum Kai"

    I made this recipe for family just last night and I have to say I was disappointed. They were much more of a curry hand pie than a samosa. The buttery pastry dough completely outdid the interior flavor, even with extra spices. My family was happy because they had never eaten a samosa before but my husband and I were confused since we enjoy a traditional dough. Tastes good but it isn’t a real samosa.
    Thanks for the feedback. We’d love to have you post your traditional recipe on our community site for others to share. ~ MaryJane

  20. chantellfenner

    I didn’t have any trouble with the amount of filling because I cut a small slit in the top of each one. I LOVE that sweet potato idea and will be making that soon! These are wonderful cold in our lunches on co-op travel days for school!

  21. emcemrys

    I make a deep fried version of samosas, and my recipe calls for ground kalonji seeds in the dough. To me, whatever the filling, the kalonji seeds give the flavor that makes the samosas taste like samosas. Unless you have an asian market around, they can be hard to find (and you grind them yourself), but what a difference!

  22. purpleorchid

    Hi this looks like an awesome recipe, I need to make a batch that is fried and frozen then just reheated, will this pastry work for that?
    Sure, I think these pastries will reheat very nicely. ~Amy

  23. heather

    Question, I know you probably won’t get this to this in time, but I”m planning on using this dough to sub for crescent roll dough in a recipe. I’m making a turkey cranberry wreath and am using this dough. I have looked at many many recipes but this looked pretty easy. I would love any suggestions and tips for using this like that popular blue can of preservatives! My recipe calls for opening the can and putting the triangles fanned out in a wreath. I’ll be figuring it out. And is it possible for me to make my wreath recipe and pop it back in the fridge for a while? I usually make my supper ahead of time. I’m also wondering how long can I do that? Like could I make my wreath on saturday and pop it in the fridge and bake on sunday after church?

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      It may be best to make this recipe all the way through the bake, and refresh or reheat the delicious baked wreath before serving. Happy Baking! Irene@KAF

  24. susan

    Hi, great to be able to bake rather than fry. I am planning on making these for a party just wondering Pproximately how many this recipe makes? Thought I would use curry leaves as well.
    My sister brought puff pastry samosas over for us to try, they were were ok.
    From the Land down under

    1. Susan Reid

      Depends entirely on how much chicken you have. The recipe I gave will handle 1 fryer; for 2 you’d want to up the soaking recipe by 1.5. Susan

  25. Eusebia

    Nice post. I was checking continuously this blog and I am impressed! Very useful information specially the last part 🙂 I care for such information much. I was looking for this particular info for a long time. Thank you and best of luck.

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Glad to hear you are enjoying the posts so much and best of luck to you as well in all your baking endeavors! Happy Baking! Jocelyn@KAF

  26. draj

    The pictures and the process look pretty impressive but that is not a Samosa. Being a Samosa lover and originating from its country, I can’t say its a Samosa. You really wouldn’t ball up an Empanada and call it so.

  27. Francisca Towlerton

    Using healthy oils is an amazing way to get the good fats your brain and body need to function with optimal health. They are a great to cook with (so long as you use types with high smoke factors for cooking food) and help make dishes taste amazing!

  28. nicole

    Question: Can I deep fry this dough. I will not have an oven the day they need to be cooked, just a deep fryer. Thanks!

  29. Anji

    Another easy chutney for samosa is: 5 pitted dates diced fine, 3/4 c brown sugar, 1/2 tsp chili flakes, 1 tablespoon tamarind paste (available at Indian grocery), 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder, and 1.5 cups water. Boil water, add brown sugar, throw in finely diced dates, let it come to a boil, and throw in the rest. Reduce until consistency of maple syrup. It is sweet and sour with a slight kick from the spices- It’s super simple and a crowd pleaser!


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