Make your own vegetable samosa with this easy recipe. Using filo pastry makes samosa making a breeze. Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
What are samosas?
Samosa is a triangular shaped pastry, containing spicy vegetables or meat. It is usually fried but can be baked as well.
Samosa are common in many countries. They probably originate from India and are very popular there. However, you will also find them in many other parts of the world such as Africa and the Mediterranean too.
When I travelled in Uganda they were easy to find and were usually called sambusa. I have a Greek Cypriot bakery near my house that makes delicious samosa - but calls them sambusa too.
There are definitely similarities between the samosa and the empanada. And it's really not that surprising when you think about it. Create a delicious filling, wrap it in pastry, bake or fry and voila! A delicious snack or meal.
Is this vegetable samosa recipe vegan?
Yes, this samosa recipe is 100% vegan. I have used filo pastry to make my samosa. Most shop bought filo pastry is vegan but do always check the ingredients as brands can vary.
Inside my vegan samosas is a spicy mixture of potato, carrot and peas. You could add some cooked chickpeas if you want to add a little extra protein.
I've used vegetable oil to cook the vegetables and to brush the filo pastry before baking.
Why have I baked my vegetable samosa?
I chose to make baked samosa because it's a little bit healthier. My children love samosa and always eat loads of them, especially when they're fresh and crispy from the oven.
This recipe still uses a bit of oil as the filo pastry needs to be brushed with oil between each layer. However, baking them reduces the oil use and makes them a healthier option.
Can you freeze filo samosa?
I tested freezing both a cooked filo samosa and an uncooked one. If you have frozen your samosas uncooked brush with oil before placing in the oven.
The result was very similar. Both reheated and were delicious within about 30 minutes in a hot oven (180°C fan). I put them straight in from frozen.
However, the pastry did go a little flaky once they'd be frozen. By all means do freeze them but bear this in mind.
How to fold filo pastry for samosa
The trickiest thing about making samosas is folding them. Samosa can be triangular, half moon or cone shaped.
Here's how to fold the filo pastry to get the triangular samosa shape:
1. Start with a square of filo pastry. This was half of one sheet of Jus-Rol filo pastry. Use a pastry brush to brush lightly with oil.
2. Brush lightly with oil. Fold one corner towards the diagonally opposite corner so you have a triangular shape. It doesn't matter if you don't have a perfect triangle - it's all going to be folded together.
3. Brush lightly with oil then fold again so that you have a smaller triangle. Once again brush with oil.
4. Next fold one side of the pastry across to the opposite side. Brush again with oil.
5. Now fold the other side across.
6. Pick your samosa pastry up and add a couple of tablespoons of the filling.
7. Fold over the top of the pastry. Brush again with oil and place on a baking tray ready to bake. Repeat with the rest of the pastry.
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How to make baked vegetable samosa
Easy vegetable samosa
- 1 tbsp sunflower oil
- 1 small onion finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
- 1 small piece ginger finely chopped
- ¼ tsp ground coriander
- ¼ tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp garam masala
- ½ tsp ground chilli powder optional
- 2 small potatoes diced
- 1 carrot diced
- 2 tbsp water
- handful frozen peas
- Salt and pepper to taste optional
- 4 large sheets of filo pastry
- Sunflower oil for brushing
To make the mixture
- Heat the oil in a medium frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and fry until soft and golden brown. Stir often.
- Add the garlic and ginger, stir and cook for a minute.
- Add the spices, stir and cook for a minute before adding the diced potatoes, carrot and 2 tbsp water. Reduce the heat to low and cover.
- Cook until soft (10-15 minutes). Add a little more water if needed. Stir often.
- Add the frozen peas and cook for a minute or two. Taste the mixture and season with salt and pepper if needed.
To make the samosa
- Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (fan)/200°C/gas mark 6.
- Line a baking tray with non stick baking paper.
- Unroll the filo pastry. Remove one sheet* and cover the rest with a tea towel so that they don’t dry out.
- Divide the sheet in half so you have a square shape. Brush one piece with oil and place the other half on top of it. Brush with oil. Repeat with another sheet.
- Fold the pastry in half so you have a triangle shape. Fold one side into the middle of the triangle and brush with oil so it sticks down. Fold the other side across so that you have a little pouch that you can open - a cone shape. Fill with the potato mixture and fold down the top. Brush the top with oil to stick it down then lightly brush the whole samosa with oil.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
These samosas are great for picnics.
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