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Recipe: How to make Punjabi samosa

By Rachna
April 11, 2016 16:57 IST
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Rediff reader Rachna tells us how to make crispy samosas at home. You can share your recipes too!

Samosas are a great anytime snack. Here's how to make it!



  • 1 cup all purpose flour 
  • 1/2 tsp carom seeds (ajwain)
  • 1/4 tsp salt as required
  • 2 1/2 tbsp butter or ghee
  • 3 tbsp cold water
  • Oil for deep frying (I used olive oil. You can use any edible oil.)

For the stuffing

  • 2 medium-sized potatoes diced (baking potatoes are recommended)
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder or 1 green chilli (adjust as per taste)
  • A pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • 1/2 cup green peas, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp dry mango powder (amchur)
  • Salt as required
  • 1 tsp whole spices roasted and crushed
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp dry pomegranate powder
  • Green peas (optional)


  • Sieve the flour in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add salt, butter or ghee and carom seeds.
  • Mix well using your fingers. The colour must have changed to pale yellow from white. This is because of the butter we used.
  • Add 2 to 3 tbsp of cold water to the mixture and start kneading to prepare the dough.
  • Be sure the dough should be firm enough, else samosa crust will not be flaky. Dough should not stretch at all.
  • Let it rest for at least 30 minutes so that gluten starts forming. 
  • Place the pan on medium flame and pour 1 tbsp of oil. Add cumin seeds. Add ginger garlic paste and saute for few seconds till raw aroma goes away.
  • Add peas and saute. Add some cashews (optional).
  • Add whole spices, potatoes and mix.
  • Add salt and green chillies or red chilli powder. Mix well by crushing the potatoes a little. Don't mash it. Keep aside.
  • To make the cone, knead the dough again. If it is too rough to handle, add few drops of water to make it smooth.
  • Pinch a lemon size ball from the dough. Press it firmly to flatten it into a disc form.
  • Roll out the dough into a flat pastry sheet. It should neither be too thick nor too thin.
  • Make a cut with a knife or a pastry cutter through the centre of the pastry and cut in two halves.
  • On the straight edge of the sliced pastry, apply some water with the fingertips. Here water acts as glue.
  • Join the ends bringing the watered edge on top of the plain edge to give a cone shape.
  • Make a small fold to shorten the circumference of the top of the cone.
  • Fill the stuffing in cone, apply some water with fingertips on the circumference and press both the edges to seal the samosa.
  • Stretch the lower edge and make it sit on a plate. This makes samosa to hold their shape.
  • Repeat for the rest of the dough and cover them with a cloth. Let them rest for 20 minutes. Resting time is important because air drying reduces the chance of formation of air bubbles on crust of samosa.
  • Heat some oil and deep fry the samosa on medium heat till it cooks evenly and the crust changes colour to golden brown.
  • Drain the samosas on a paper towel.
  • Serve hot with sweet tamarind chutney and green chutney or a cup of tea.

Image: Rachna


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