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Vegan Samosas (Indian dumplings)
With this simple recipe for crispy vegan samosas you can conjure up delicious Indian dumplings in no time at all, which are perfect as a snack, starter or buffet! They are filled with fresh, healthy vegetables, are slightly spicy and go great with cucumber raita or any other fresh dip!
What would a Raita dip without Indian samosas? After recently showing you how to make my delicious raita dipping sauce, let's now make vegan samosas, a popular Indian snack. The South Asian dish can be baked as well as fried, so you get perfect crispy dumplings that you can enjoy as a snack, starter, or with any other meal! If you're looking for a hearty treat, you've come to the right place!
What are Indian samosas?
Punjabi Samosas are crispy fried or baked dumplings that traditionally come from India and are known there as popular “street food”. This delicious snack is also available in many other parts of the world, as the dumplings can be prepared in a wide variety of ways.
In India, samosas are usually filled with a mixture of spiced potatoes, peas, onions and other aromatic ingredients. Some also fill them with meat, but there are also vegan and vegetarian versions.
Since you can vary the filling depending on your preference, you can get creative with this basic recipe by adding more vegetables, ground coriander, fennel seeds or more Indian spices - whatever you want or whatever you have at home!
This popular vegan snack comes in a variety of shapes - triangular, crescent or cylinder shapes, but one thing is for sure: no matter how you fold samosas, they will be delicious!
Tips for making the best vegan samosas
Here are some recipe tips for making the best samosas to serve to your family or friends at parties or other special occasions. Of course, you can make it just for yourself if you feel like Indian street food!
- Don't let the batter dry out. When you set aside the dough for a while, always cover it with a damp tea towel or wrap it well in foil and put it in the refrigerator to prevent it from drying out.
- Use only fresh ingredients. If you want to make the very best samosas, try to use fresh ingredients whenever possible. Especially if you plan to freeze uncooked samosas before deep-frying / baking them. Remember: Fresh always tastes best!
- Give the dough enough time to rest. Before you start folding your samosas, give the dough enough time to rest so that it becomes more elastic.
- Seal your samosas well. To prevent your somosas from opening again after folding, brush the outer edges of the dough with a little water before folding them. Then press the edges together well so that the filling is well enclosed.
- Roll out the dough evenly. It should be relatively thin and not too thin, otherwise it might tear. If you roll out the dough evenly and not too thick, you will get crispy samosas that are ready quickly and not only taste like dough!
- The secret of crispy samosas. Make sure that the deep-frying oil has an ideal temperature of 160 ° C-170 ° C (I use this Organic frying oil from Sunflower Family). Then carefully drop the samosas into the hot oil - this is how you get crispy, golden brown samosas!
- Fry your samosa in portions. Please do not put too many dumplings in the pot or pan at the same time, otherwise they will not turn evenly golden brown.
How to Make Indian Samosas!
There are many different folding techniques, but here is how I usually fold vegan samosa. You can either just put the filling on the dough and then wrap it in a triangle shape. Alternatively, you could first fold the dough into a cylinder (like a french fries cone) and then spoon the filling into it with a spoon. For the exact instructions for the 2nd variant, look at this Video in this burrito samasos recipe at.
... And don't forget yours Raita sauce or one creamy guacamole to make for dipping! A fresh dip tastes so good with this crispy snack!
Step 1: make the dough
Mix the flour and salt in a bowl. Then add cold water and oil and stir with chopsticks until the flour has absorbed all of the liquid. Now knead the dough pieces together with your hands and then place the dough on a work surface. Knead for about 3-4 minutes until the dough is smooth and soft. Then shape the dough into two balls and wrap each ball tightly in cling film. You then put these in the refrigerator to rest for an hour.
Step 2: prepare the filling
Dice your potatoes and put them in a pot of salted water. Then bring the potatoes to the boil and cook for about 10 minutes. Then pour off the cooking water and allow the remaining moisture to evaporate. Then place the cooked potatoes in a bowl and roughly mash them with a potato masher or fork. After that, set them aside to let them cool down completely.
In the meantime, you can heat some oil in a large pan and fry the onions for about 2-3 minutes until they are lightly browned. Then you add garlic, ginger, curry powder, cumin, paprika powder and turmeric and sweat the whole thing briefly so that the flavors can unfold. Put aside.
Once the roughly mashed potatoes have cooled to room temperature, you can add the onion mixture, chopped peppers, and thawed peas. Mix everything together, season with salt and pepper and then set aside.
Step 3: fill and fold samosas
After the dough has rested long enough, take a portion of the dough out of the refrigerator. Cut the dough ball into 8 pieces, then roll each piece into a ball in the palm of your hand. Work with a small ball of dough at a time and cover the remaining balls of dough with a damp cloth so that they do not dry out.
Sprinkle your work surface with a little flour and then roll out a small ball of dough into an approx. 15 cm circle. Cut the circle in half so that you have two crescent moon shapes.
Take about 2 tablespoons of the filling and squeeze it into a thick triangle shape. Then put them on the crescent-shaped dough you just cut out (see step-by-step photos). Brush the outer edges with a little water, then fold one side of the dough over and around the filling, creating a triangular cone / cylinder shape. Pinch the outer edges together, making sure your samosas are well sealed. Place them on a wooden board (make sure there is enough space between each samosas so they don't stick to each other) while you fold the rest.
Tip: Look at that Recipe video in this blog post for a different samosas folding method!
When you're done with the first vegan samosas, take the second portion of dough out of the fridge and continue the process in the same way to make more dumplings.
Step 4: deep-fry Indian dumplings
Heat about 2 cups of oil in a deep saucepan or pan to 160-170 ° C. As soon as the oil is hot, carefully add the samosas and fry them in portions until they are golden brown and crispy (please do not overfill the pot).
Line a plate with kitchen towels and place your golden brown vegan samosas on top. (The kitchen towels absorb the excess oil).
Finally sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve with vegan raita sauce or guacamole or other dips of your choice. Good Appetite!
Can you bake samosas in the oven?
You can make the samosas according to the instructions in my Empanadas recipe bake them instead of deep-frying them. They'll be delicious too, but the batter won't turn out quite as golden and crispy as deep-fried dumplings. I've made them in an Airfryer before and it worked just fine too! So if you have an Airfryer, you might as well use that for a healthier cooking method.
Can you freeze them?
Yes! If you want to save them for later or prepare them in advance, you can freeze the un-fried samosas. To do this, arrange them on a baking sheet or wooden board, leaving enough space between them. Then freeze them for an hour or two. Once they're frozen, you can transfer them to a freezer bag to save space.
Prepare frozen dumplings
If you plan to prepare a serving of your frozen vegan samosas, you can either deep-fry them in hot oil or straight out of the freezer bake in the ovenso that they no longer need to be thawed. If you want to deep-fry them in hot oil, as indicated in the recipe card below, I recommend heating the oil a little more, as frozen samosas lower the oil temperature very quickly.
Serving suggestions for Indian dumplings:
If you're looking for more Indian dishes to serve with your samosas, you're sure to love these: Indian chickpea curry - a vegan and gluten-free dish with simple ingredients, not to mention that it's super easy to make. Or this one Yellow lentil dal - a filling lentil soup or stew or curry, which is perfect for cold evenings!
This Indian Punjabi Samosas Recipe is:
- Vegan, vegetarian
- Non dairy
- Filled with healthy vegetables
- Can be fried or baked
- Perfect for prep and freezing
- One of the best Indian snacks!
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