Punjabi Aloo Samosa

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Make the best crispy and flaky Punjabi Aloo Samosa at home using my simple recipe. I have shared a lot of tips and tricks to make the perfect samosas in this post. Bookmark this recipe and use measured ingredients to make them perfectly every time (vegan).

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About Punjabi Aloo Samosa

Samosa is a popular snack in the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East. It is a triangular deep-fried snack where pastry like crispy and flaky crust is filled with a savory or sweet filling.

Although the most popular samosa filling is potatoes, it can be filled with spicy keema, dried nuts and fruits, green peas, lentils, or a sweet filling made of khoya (reduced solid milk).

Samosa is a very popular Indian street food and you will find it and tea stalls in every nook and corner, all over India. Not only on the streets, but it is also a favorite tea-time snack, party appetizer, and get-together must-have.

In this post, I am sharing a foolproof recipe to make homemade Punjabi aloo samosa. I am also sharing a lot of tips and tricks to get that perfect halwai like crust.

Serve the aloo samosa with green chutney, sweet chutney, and some finely chopped onions on top. Do not forget to serve a hot cup of chai or coffee.

Traditionally, the Halwai (street stalls) style samosa is shaped like a triangle, but you can experiment with other shapes such as cone, half-moon shaped, or square pockets.

So waste no time and make samosa at home like a pro using my easy recipe.

This recipe is vegan and you can easily double or triple it.

Check out some more popular Indian snack recipes

Ingredients

For The Outer Layer (Crust)– To make the outer crust of samosa, you will need all-purpose flour (maida), vegetable oil, salt, and carom seeds (ajwain).

Carom seeds add a nice subtle flavor, so don’t miss out on this one.

For The Filling – These aloo samosas are filled with a spicy potato pea filling, which makes these just irresistible.

To make the filling masala, you will need boiled potatoes, green peas, cumin seeds, whole coriander seeds, asafetida (hing), fennel seeds (saunf), fresh ginger, green chilies, cilantro (fresh coriander leaves), mint leaves, and salt.

The filling uses some other spices too such as Kasuri methi, red chili powder, coriander powder, pomegranate seeds powder (anaradana powder), garam masala powder, black pepper powder, dry mango powder (amchoor), and roasted cumin powder.

You can adjust the quantity of these spices as per your taste and preference.

You can adjust the quantity of green chilies too, depending on how spicy you want the masala to be.

In case you do not get fresh green peas in the market which are mostly available only in winter, you can use frozen green peas instead.

How To Make Punjabi Aloo Samosa

Preparation

You will need mashed potatoes as a key ingredient; so start by boiling 1 lb (500 grams) of potatoes for the filling. You can boil them in a traditional pressure cooker or an instant pot.

  • Traditional Pressure Cooker – Wash the potatoes and add them to the cooker. Pour water until the potatoes are just covered. Close the lid of the cooker and pressure cook for one whistle on high heat. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 10 minutes. Remove the cooker from heat and let the pressure release naturally before opening the lid.
  • Instant Pot – To boil the potatoes in an instant pot, wash the potatoes. Keep a trivet in the pot and arrange the potatoes on the trivet. Add 1 cup of water to the pot and close the lid. Set the valve to the sealing position. Press PRESSURE COOK and set the timer to 12 minutes on HIGH PRESSURE. Once the timer goes off, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. Release the remaining pressure manually and open the lid.

Chill the boiled in the refrigerator for at least 3-4 hours. Cooling them nicely will make them dry and the resulting samosa will turn out crispy.

Peel the cooled boiled potatoes and mash them roughly. Keep aside.

Make The Peas And Potato Stuffing

Cook ½ cup green peas until tender. If using frozen peas, just rinse them with water as they are already cooked and tender.

Heat 2 tablespoon vegetable oil in a pan over medium-high heat.

Once the oil is hot, add

  • ¼ teaspoon asafetida
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon crushed whole coriander seeds

and fry for 3-4 seconds.

Add 2 tablespoon finely chopped ginger and 2 teaspoon finely chopped green chilies to the pan and saute for 20 seconds.

Add 1 lb (500 g) boiled, cooled and roughly mashed potatoes and softened peas to the pan and mix well.

Now add

  • 2 tablespoon Kasuri methi
  • 2 teaspoon pomegranate seeds powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper powder
  • 2 teaspoon dry mango powder
  • 2 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder

and mix well.

Using a potato masher mash everything until almost smooth. Do not over-mash. You want a few pieces of potatoes still there.

Add

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoon chopped mint
  • 10-12 cashew nuts, crushed
  • 10-12 raisins, chopped

and mix well.

Remove the pan from heat and let the filling cool down to room temperature.

Make Samosa Dough

Add

  • 250 grams of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ajwain (carom seeds)
  • 4 tablespoon vegetable oil

in a large bowl or a parat.

Mix well using your fingers for a minute. The mixture should look like bread crumbs. When you press the mixture in between your palms, it should form a shape and not crumble. If it is crumbling, add some more oil and mix again.

Add water (4-6 tbsp) little by little and knead to make a very stiff dough.

Wet a kitchen cloth with water and squeeze it tightly to remove any excess water. Use this damp cloth to cover the dough. Keep it aside for 30 minutes.

Shape The Samosa

Once the dough has rested, knead it once again for 10-12 seconds until it is slightly smooth. Do not overwork the dough.

Divide it into 6 equal parts to get 12 medium samosas. If you want to make them smaller, divide the dough into 8 equal parts.

Shape the dough pieces into balls. Cover the balls with the damp cloth and keep aside for 10 minutes.

Take one ball and roll it to make a thin 6-inch long oval. The thickness of the rolled dough should be approx 1 mm. Do not use dry flour while rolling. You can use a little oil if it is sticking to the surface.

Cut the oval from the center using a knife or a pizza cutter.

Roll and cut all the dough balls in the same manner.

Note – Keep the dough covered with the damp cloth at all times when not working on it.

Now take one of the half oval shapes and roll it a little more.

Apply a little water on the straight edge and bring the two ends together to make a cone. Make sure to seal the ends tightly.

Note – You can also make a mixture of 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour and 2 tablespoon water to make glue to seal the samosa instead of just water.

Fill 2 tablespoon of potato filling in the cone. Press the filling lightly.

Apply more water on the open sides and make a pleat at the center of the round open edge. Check out the video to learn the process of filling the samosa.

Seal the edges nicely to make a triangle. Press the entire samosa gently a little bit so that it does not puff up while frying. Make all of them in a similar manner.

Note – Keep them covered with the damp cloth until ready to fry.

Fry The Samosa

Heat oil for frying in a large pan over medium heat.

When the oil is barely hot, drop the samosas one by one. I usually try to fry 5-6 pieces in a go keeping enough space for each piece.

Make sure that the oil is not too hot, otherwise, the samosas will have blisters on the surface. To check the oil temperature, drop a small piece of dough into it; it should rise slowly and the oil should not be bubbling or sizzling. If the dough turns golden brown; the oil has become too hot and you should cool it down.

Fry on medium-low flame until they are lightly brown in color. Do not overcrowd the pan while frying and fry them in batches. Flip the samosas while frying using a perforated spoon. Each batch will take 15-20 minutes to fry perfectly.

Once they are lightly browned, increase the heat to medium-high and fry until they turn golden brown (2-3 minutes).

Once they are golden brown, take them out on a plate lined with kitchen tissue. Serve hot.

Pro Tips for Crispy & Flaky Samosa

Measurements – To make the best samosa at home, stick to the measurements given in the recipe. I have used standard cups and spoon measures.

Potatoes – Cool the boiled potatoes for at least 3-4 hours before making the filling.

Oil in the dough – Adding some oil to the dough while kneading is very important for a flaky crunchy crust. In India, we call this process Moyan. The amount of oil should not be reduced and it should be nicely mixed with the flour.

Kneading the dough – The dough must be very stiff. If it is soft, the samosa will turn out soggy and it will also absorb a lot more oil. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time while kneading to avoid soft dough. Do not overwork the dough. You want it to just come together.

Resting the dough – Make sure to rest the dough to relax the gluten. This step is very crucial to roll the dough perfectly.

Rolling – The dough should be rolled evenly to make a 1 mm thick oval. If it’s thick, the samosa will not turn out crispy. Use little oil while rolling if it is sticking to the surface.

Frying – Always fry them on medium-low heat to make sure they turn out perfectly crispy. Once they are cooked well, increase the heat for the last 2-3 minutes to give them a lovely brown color. Before adding the next batch to the pan, make sure to bring down the temperature of the oil to low.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to make it in an oven?

To bake these in an oven, preheat the oven at 350 degrees F. Arrange the prepared samosa on a baking tray and spray or brush them with oil. Now bake the prepared samosas for 30-35 minutes. Flip them once midway.

How to make them in air fryer?

Air-fired samosas have a better texture than baked ones. They taste similar to the fried ones and are not at all oily.

To air fry, preheat the air fryer at 300 degrees F for 10 minutes. Brush the prepared samosa with oil and put them in the basket of the air fryer in a single layer. Air fry for 10-15 minutes till golden brown.

How to make these with wheat flour?

You can use wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour to make a healthier version. Make sure you add more water while kneading the dough as wheat flour absorbs more water than all purposes flour.

You can follow the rest of the recipe as is.

What can be done with leftover samosas?

You can use the leftover samosas to make chaat. Just crush them hot on a plate and top it with whisked yogurt, green chutney, sweet tamarind chutney, finely chopped onions and sev.

You can check out the detailed recipe here – Samosa Chaat.

You can also place them between two slices of bread and make a sandwich along with green and tamarind chutney.

Why my samosas are not crispy?

This happens when you fry them in very hot oil on high heat. Make sure the oil is not too hot when you drop the samosas, fry them on medium-low heat. Also, the dough for the samosa should be stiff, then only they will turn out crispy.

Can I use spring roll sheets for the crust?

Yes, if you can’t make the outer layer from scratch, you can either use spring roll sheets, samosa patti, filo sheets, or puff pastry sheets. If using puff pastry or filo sheets, bake or air fry them instead of frying.

Why do my samosas have blisters on their skin?

If you drop the samosa in very hot oil, they will form blisters on the surface. Make sure that the oil is barely hot when you drop them in it. Fry on medium-low heat.

Other Filling Ideas

Although potato is the most popular filling option for the Indian samosa, there are many other variations that you can try. Listing a few below

Paneer (Cottage Cheese): Use minced paneer with green chilies and finely chopped onion and coriander.

Vegetable: Use any mix of vegetables for the filling

Sweet: This can be made by stuffing khoya and dry fruits. I have a detailed recipe, so do check it out my mawa samosa.

Chicken: Use minced chicken with all the dried spices for stuffing. I also have a chicken and cheese samosa recipe here.

Dry Fruits: You can add dry fruits like cashew nuts and raisins in the filling to make them richer.

Matar: Peas or matar make a yummy filling for these. Do try.

Moong Dal: This are a little different samosa that is served as dry snacks with tea. The filling is a spicy and tangy lentil filling and it can be kept for a long time. Check out the blog post for moong dal samosa.

Serving Suggestions

These taste great along with Green Chutney and Sweet Tamarind Chutney. Do not forget to serve a hot cup Indian Masala Chai on the side.

You can also make a chaat out of it. Just crush it hot a bit, top with some whisked yogurt, mint coriander chutney, sweet tamarind chutney and then top it with finely chopped onions, fine sev, and finely chopped coriander leaves.

Sprinkle a little chaat masala, red chilli powder, and squeeze some lime juice. See detailed samosa chaat recipe.

Storage Suggestions

If you have leftover fried samosas, wrap them in aluminum foil or plastic wrap loosely and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Reheat in the oven at 350 F for 10 mins. You can also reheat in the air fryer.

These can be frozen before frying. Shape the samosas and place them on a sheet pan in a single layer and freeze them. Once frozen, store them in freezer bags. You can refrigerate these for up to 6 months. When you want to fry them, bring them to room temperature.

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Samosa Recipe

Make crispy and flaky Punjabi aloo samosa at home using my simple recipe. Serve these flaky and crispy samosa with some green chutney.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 8 people

Ingredients 

For Samosa Dough

  • 250 grams all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon carom seeds/ Ajwain
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • oil for frying

For the Filling

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ¼ teaspoon asafoetida
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon crushed whole coriander seeds
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped ginger
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped green chili
  • 500 grams boiled potatoes (refrigerated for 4-6 hours.)
  • ½ cup green peas (softened)
  • 2 tablespoons Kasuri methi
  • 2 teaspoons dry pomegranate powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper powder
  • 2 teaspoons dry mango powder
  • 2 teaspoons Kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mint
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Instructions 

Make the filling

  • Start by boiling 1 lb (500 grams) potatoes for the filling. You can boil them in a traditional pressure cooker or an instant pot.
  • Traditional Pressure Cooker – Wash the potatoes and add them to the cooker. Pour water until the potatoes are just covered. Close the lid of the cooker and pressure cook for one whistle on high heat. Simmer the heat to low and cook for 10 minutes. Remove the cooker from heat and let the pressure release naturally before opening the lid.
  • Instant Pot – To boil the potatoes in an instant pot, wash the potatoes. Keep a trivet in the pot and arrange the potatoes on the trivet. Add 1 cup of water to the pot and close the lid. Set the valve to the sealing position. Press PRESSURE COOK and set the timer to 12 minutes on HIGH PRESSURE. Once the timer goes off, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. Release the remaining pressure manually and open the lid.
  • Cool the boiled for at least 3-4 hours. Cooling them will make them dry and the resulting samosa will turn out crispy.
  • Peel the cooled boiled potatoes and mash them roughly. Keep aside.
  • Cook ½ cup green peas until tender. If using frozen peas, just rinse them with water. They are already cooked and tender.
  • Heat 2 tablespoon vegetable oil in a pan.
  • Once the oil is hot, add ¼ teaspoon asafoetida, 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, 2 teaspoon fennel seeds, and 1 tablespoon crushed whole coriander seeds and fry them for 3-4 seconds.
  • Add 2 teaspoon finely chopped ginger and 2 teaspoon finely chopped green chili to the pan and saute for 20 seconds.
  • Add mashed boiled potatoes and softened peas to the pan and mix well.
  • Now add 2 tablespoon Kasuri methi, 2 teaspoon pomegranate seeds powder, ½ teaspoon cumin powder, ½ teaspoon garam masala powder, ½ teaspoon black pepper powder, 2 teaspoon dry mango powder, 2 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder, and 1 tablespoon coriander powder, and mix well.
  • Using a potato masher mash everything until almost smooth. Do not over-mash. We want a few pieces of potatoes still there. Add salt to taste, 2 tablespoon chopped coriander, and 2 tablespoon chopped mint, and mix well. Remove the pan from heat and let the filling cool completely.

Make the dough

  • Add 250 grams all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon ajwain (carom seeds), and 4 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large bowl.
  • Mix well using your fingers for a minute. The mixture should look like bread crumbs. When you press the mixture in between your palms, it should form a shape and not crumble. If it is crumbling, add some more oil and mix again.
  • Add water (4-6 tbsp) little by little and knead to make a very stiff dough.
  • Wet a kitchen cloth with water and squeeze it tightly to remove any excess water. Use this damp cloth to cover the dough. Keep the dough aside for 30 minutes.
  • Once the dough has rested, knead it once again for 10-12 seconds until it is slightly smooth. Do not overwork the dough. Divide the dough into 4 equal parts. You will get 8 large samosas. If you want to make small samosa, divide the dough into 8 equal parts.
  • Make them into balls. Cover the balls with the damp cloth and keep them aside for 10 minutes.

Make the Samosa

  • Take one ball and roll it to make a 6-inch long oval. The thickness of the rolled dough should be approx 1 mm. Do not use dry flour while rolling. You can use a little oil if the dough is sticking to the surface.
  • Cut the oval from the center using a knife or a pizza cutter. Roll and cut all the dough balls in the same manner.
  • Note – Keep the dough covered with a damp cloth at all times when not working on it.
  • Now take one of the half ovals and roll it a little more.
  • Apply little water on straight edge and bring the two ends together to make a cone. Make sure to seal the ends tightly.
  • Note – You can also make a mixture of 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour and 2 tablespoon water to make a glue to seal it instead of just water.
  • Fill 2 tablespoon of potato filling in the cone. Press the filling lightly.
  • Apply more water on the open sides and make a pleat at the center of the round open edge.
  • Seal the edges nicely to make a triangle. Press the entire samosa a little bit so that it does not puff up while frying. Make all of them in a similar manner.
  • Note – Keep the prepared samosa covered with the damp cloth until ready to fry.

Frying the Samosas

  • Heat oil for frying in a large pan over medium heat.
  • Make sure that the oil is not too hot, otherwise, the samosas will have blisters on the surface. To check the oil temperature, drop a small piece of dough into it; it should rise slowly and the oil should not be bubbling or sizzling. If the dough turns golden brown; the oil has become to hot and you should cool it down.
  • When the oil is just hot, drop samosas one by one into it. Fry on medium-low flame until they are lightly brown in color. Do not overcrowd the pan while frying and fry them in batches of 3-4. Each batch will take 15-20 minutes.
  • Once the samosa are lightly browned, increase the heat to medium-high and fry until they turn golden brown (2-3 minutes). Once they are golden brown, take them out on a plate lined with kitchen tissue. Serve hot.

Notes

Measurements – To make the best samosa at home, stick to the measurements given in the recipe. I have used standard cups and spoon measures.
Potatoes – Cool the boiled potatoes for at least 3-4 hours before making the filling.
Oil in the dough – Adding some oil to the dough while kneading is very important for a flaky crunchy crust. In India, we call this process Moyan. The amount of oil should not be reduced and it should be nicely mixed with the flour.
Kneading the dough – The dough must be very stiff. If it is soft, the samosa will turn out soggy and it will also absorb a lot more oil. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time while kneading to avoid soft dough. Do not overwork the dough. You want it to just come together.
Resting the dough – Make sure to rest the dough to relax the gluten. This step is very crucial to roll the dough perfectly.
Rolling – The dough should be rolled evenly to make a 1 mm oval. If it’s thick, the samosa will not turn out crispy. Use little oil while rolling the dough if it is sticking to the surface.
Frying – Always fry the samosa on medium-low heat to make sure they turn out perfectly crispy. Once they are cooked well, increase the heat for the last 2-3 minutes to give them a lovely brown color. Before adding the next batch of samosa to the pan, make sure to bring down the temperature of the oil to low.

Nutrition

Calories: 259kcal, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Sodium: 323mg, Potassium: 465mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 334IU, Vitamin C: 18mg, Calcium: 64mg, Iron: 5mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I always prefer to have some snacks with tea. Samosa is one of my favorite tea-time snacks, but I didn’t know how to make it. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe; I’d recommend every samosa lover to check your recipe.