A beloved Indian snack and everyone's favourite, samosa is more an emotion than food. It is one of the first dishes people usually add to their menus while celebrating at home.
So, whether guests are coming over or it's a kid's birthday party, samosas always have a front-row seat for all the special occasions with family and friends.
Ah samosas, those deep-fried savoury pastries stuffed with the humblest veggie we know, aloo! But what you may not know is, samosas can also be prepared with stuffings other than potatoes and peas.
Don't believe us? Here are 8 samosa stuffing as proof.
But first, here's the recipe for samosa dough and the crust you'd need for all the recipes given below:
- Take 1 cup all-purpose flour and add 1 tsp carom seeds, 2 tbsp ghee and a pinch of salt to it. Mix well.
- Now add water in small quantities to make a stiff-smooth dough.
- Cover the kneaded dough and keep it aside from 15-20 minutes.
- Prepare the stuffing for your samosas as instructed below.
- Now take the dough and knead it again for 2 minutes.
- Divide the dough into balls.
- Roll out the ball into a thin oval shape chapati, and then cut it into half. Repeat for all the balls.
- Take one half and apply little water on the straight edge.
- Fold the edge to make a cone such that watered edges are overlapped and sealed.
- Put the stuffing into it and again apply water inside the edges and seal it to make a Samosa.
- Deep-fry or bake on medium flame until golden brown.
1. Chinese Noodles Samosa
"Hindi chini bhai-bhai", just like this samosa and the stuffing! Indian on the outside and Chinese on the inside, the samosa recipe from Binjal’s Veg Kitchen is as filling as it is tasty. If you have a soft spot for noodles, this version of samosa will be your all-time favourite evening snack.
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- 2 tbsp oil
- 1-2 tsp ginger-garlic paste
- 1/2 cup capsicum, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup carrot, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup french beans, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup sliced onion
- 2 tbsp spring onions
- 2 tsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp red chilli sauce
- 2-3 tsp vinegar
- 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
- Salt to taste
- 1 cup boiled noodles
- Heat oil in a pan, add ginger-garlic paste and sauté for few minutes.
- Add capsicum, carrot, french beans, onion and spring onions and sauté for 5 minutes on medium flame.
- Now add soya sauce, red chilli sauce, vinegar, black pepper powder, salt, and mix well.
- Now add Noodles, mix them well and stir them for a minute.
- Remove from the flame and keep aside, let it cool down.
- Now add this Chinese noodle stuffing into your samosa cone and deep fry.
2. Shrimp Samosa
Seafood meets desi Indian snack, and the result is more delicious than ever. This samosa stuffing will take only 20 minutes to prepare and you can devour it on rainy days with bae and tea.
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- 25 shrimp, chopped into smaller pieces
- 1/2 small onion, chopped
- 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 1/4 tsp garam masala
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp oil
- Salt to taste
- Fresh Cilantro
Heat oil in a medium non-stick pan on medium heat.
Saute onions in it and cook until they turn slightly brown.
Add shrimp and cook until they turn pink.
Add red chilli powder, turmeric and garam masala. Stir well.
Add salt and lemon juice. Cook for few more minutes.
Garnish with cilantro and keep aside to cool to room temperature.
- Now add this shrimp stuffing into your samosa cone and deep fry.
3. Chocolate Samosa
Sounds insane but tastes great, here's a samosa filling ready to satiate your sweet cravings. If you have a major sweet tooth and fondness for Indian snacks, this chocolate samosa recipe from Times Food will get you going.
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- 2 1/2 cup dark chocolate
- Grate dark chocolate in a bowl and microwave it until it melts.
- In another bowl, add 6 teaspoon caster sugar, all-purpose flour, ghee and mix.
- Mix all the ingredients until the mixture gets a crumbly texture.
- Pour sufficient water and knead a partially rigid dough.
- Place the dough in a bowl and refrigerate for 7-8 minutes.
- In a bowl, mix pistachios and melted dark chocolate along with the remaining caster sugar.
- Place a saucepan over medium flame and heat 2 cups of water in it.
- Add sugar and heat until the sugar dissolves. It should have a thick consistency.
- Once done, take it off the flame.
- Now take small portions from the dough and roll small size chapattis out of these.
- Add 2 teaspoons of the chocolate pistachio filling inside the chapattis.
- Seal the chapattis from outside to make a samosa and deep-fry.
4. Chana-Dal Samosa
Make your mother happy and your taste buds even happier with this popular Pakistani and Indian vegetarian snack today. Fret not, this samosa stuffing is healthier than potatoes and peas.
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- 1/2 cup chana dal or split Bengal gram
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 onion chopped
- Salt to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 4 tablespoons coriander leaves chopped
- 2 green chillies chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
- Soak the chana daal in water for about 6-7 hours. Drain the soaking liquid, and place in a pot with 1 - 1 1/2 cups water.
- Bring to a boil and let dal cook for about 15 - 20 minutes till soft.
- Drain out all the water, and cool completely.
- Heat oil in a pan and once it’s hot, add the cumin seeds and let them cook for about 30 seconds till they splutter.
- Add onion and cook till it changes colour.
- Add the cooked chana daal and cook for a few minutes till the water dries out.
- Add spices - salt, red chilli powder, turmeric, followed by coriander leaves and green chillies.
- Sprinkle with garam masala in the end.
- Now add this chana dal stuffing into your samosa cone and deep fry.
5. Baked Spiced Beetroot & Feta Samosa
It's time to ditch the traditional, high-calorie samosas and say yes to a healthier version. One of the best fillings on the list, this samosa recipe by Chilli & Mint is easy to make, baked and loaded with the goodness of beets and feta cheese.
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- 350g beetroot
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1-2 heaped tsp cumin seeds
- 1 small fresh green chilli, finely sliced (1/2 if you prefer it less hot)
- 150g feta, diced
- 1/2 sweet paprika
- A handful of fresh coriander
- 8 filo pastry sheets
- butter, for glazing
- Wash the beetroot and leave the skins on at this stage. Cut the stems so they are short.
- Boil in a pan of boiling water for around 20-30 minutes so that they have softened.
- Chop into small cubes and place to one side.
- In a frying pan add the vegetable oil and when it is hot add the cumin seeds and fresh chilli.
- After 30 seconds add the beetroot and stir well so that they begin to be coated in the cumin seeds and chilli.
- Add the paprika, fresh coriander and leave on low heat for 5 minutes.
- Add the feta and gently fold it into the beetroot and spices.
- Leave for a minute before taking off the heat to cool. Leave to cool for 15 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
- Place one sheet of filo pastry on a chopping board and cut it in half lengthwise.
- Using the first pasty strip, lightly brush the pastry with melted butter around the edges and place a tablespoonful of the filling in the bottom right-hand corner.
- Bring the corner up to the left-hand side of the pastry, therefore, making a triangle shape.
- Then bring the triangle straight up to create another triangle before folding over once again so that the triangle folds over to the right-hand side of the pastry once again.
- Continue all the way to the top. With the final edge brush with melted butter and fold over neatly.
- Turn over and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
- Brush the exposed side of the samosas with melted butter.
- Repeat until you have completed the process.
- Place in the oven for 20 minutes or until the samosas has bronzed nicely. Serve immediately with chutney or two on the side.
6. Macroni Cheese Samosa
Here's a fusion you were all waiting for. The day has arrived to give your good ol’ samosa recipe an Italian twist. Instead of potatoes and peas, load it with cheese macaroni for a burst of flavours.
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- 1/2 cup macaroni, boiled
- 100g mozzarella cheese
- 1 tomato, paste
- 1 green chilly, paste
- 1 tsp ginger paste
- 2 - 3 tbsp green coriander, finely chopped
- 1/4 tsp red chilly
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and add ginger paste, tomato-green chilly paste, red chilly powder and salt, once the oil is hot.
- Saute this mixture until oil starts separating from it.
- Turn off the flame once the mixture is ready.
- Add boiled macaroni and fresh coriander to the masala and stir well.
- Transfer the stuffing to a bowl.
- When the stuffing cools down, add grated mozzarella cheese to it and mix well.
- Now add this beetroot and feta cheese filling into your samosa cone and deep fry.
7. Carrot & Peas Samosa
Turn samosas into a healthy snack fit for all. Replace aloo with carrots and devour your favourite Indian snack guilt-free.
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- 1 cup carrot
- 1/4 cup green peas
- 1/2 tsp amchur powder
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
- 2 tbsp mint leaves, chopped
- 1 tsp green chilly, chopped
- 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
- Salt to taste
- Cook carrot and peas under steam either in an electric cooker or in a pressure cooker without adding water.
- When the vegetables are done, add all the spices to the bowl.
- Mash some carrots (a few) and mix all the ingredients together well.
- Now add this carrot and peas filling into your samosa cone and deep fry.
8. Pizza Samosa
Foodies, meet your new favourite samosa filling, PIZZA! Need we say more?
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- 3 tsp oil
- Mozzarella cheese to taste
- 2 medium onion, sliced
- 1 medium green capsicum, sliced
- 3 tbsp pizza sauce
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
- Heat oil in a non-stick pan add onions and saute till onions are translucent.
- Add capsicums, pizza sauce, cheese, salt and saute for a minute and remove from flame.
- Let it cool down.
- Now add this pizza filling into your samosa cone and deep fry.
On cloudy days, wintery evenings and sunny nights, depend on these best samosa recipes with different fillings to take care of your hunger pangs.