Samosa (Vegetable turnovers)

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75 min.

Once you've tasted a good samosa, you'll understand why samosas are the most popular of all Indian savories. For variations, mix fresh paneer into the filling and try different blends of spices.

You can find this recipe and more in The Hare Krishna Book of Vegetarian Cooking.


  • 4 cups (400 grams) white flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) melted butter or ghee
  • 2/3 cup (150 milliliters) cold water
  • 2 or 3 medium-sized potatoes
  • 1/2 cauliflower, separated into flowerets
  • 1 1/2 cups (200 grams) fresh peas
  • 4 tablespoons ghee or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafetida
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Ghee or vegetable oil for deep frying


  1. Put the white flour and salt in a bowl and dribble the melted butter or ghee over the top. Rub the butter or ghee into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs. Slowly mix in the water and gather the flour together to make a dough. Knead vigorously for 5 minutes, until it is smooth and soft but doesn't stick to your fingers. Gather the dough into a ball, sprinkle with a few drops of water, and cover with a damp cloth while you prepare the filling.
  2. Peel the potatoes and dice them. Either grate the cauliflower flowerets through the largest holes of a metal grater or cut them into tiny flowerets. Boil the peas until they are tender; then drain and set them aside.
  3. Place a large frying pan over medium heat, and fry the cumin and fenugreek seeds in 2 tablespoons of ghee or oil. When they begin to darken, toss in the grated ginger and the powdered spices and fry for a few seconds more. Now put in the potato cubes; stir fry for 3 or 4 minutes, then add the cauliflower. Stir fry another 3 or 4 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of water, cover, and cook for about 15 minutes, until the vegetables are tender (watch closely to prevent burning). Stir the peas into the mixture, season with the salt and pepper, then spread the contents of the pan on a clean surface to cool while you roll out the dough.
  4. Dust the rolling surface with flour. Form the dough into 10 balls. Roll out each ball to make a 6 inch (15 centimeters) circle. Cut each circle in half. Take each half circle and moisten the edge of its straight side from the center to one end. Bring the two ends of the straight side together to make a cone. Firmly press the dry side over the wet side to seal the cone tight. Stuff the cone to ⅔ with filling. Then close the opening by pinching the folding the two edges together to form a pleated top.
  5. Heat the ghee or oil in a deep frying vessel over medium heat. Fry a few samosas at a time (as many as will cover the surface of the ghee in one layer). Fry them for 10-15 minutes, turning them often until both sides are golden-brown. Remove and drain.

You can find this recipe and more in The Hare Krishna Book of Vegetarian Cooking.


I made this and it was so

I made this and it was so good.

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