These spicy vegetable samosas are an easy treat for Indian food lovers! Hot, crisp and delicious – and no frying! Indian food lovers, I ask you: what could be better than a sumptuous platter of hot, crisp, spicy samosas? How about a sumptuous platter of hot, crisp, spicy samosas you made yourself, without assistance from a restaurant or frozen foods aisle, baked instead of deep fried and low in fat, sodium and cholesterol? These are so good you’ll want to share, but save plenty for yourself. You will feel awesome about treating yourself to these.
If you’re fairly new to Indian food or you find chili or jalapeno-level heat a little much, the seasonings I’ve indicated should work well for you. My Indian recipes tend to have a crossover aspect to them, as in, I spice them in ways I think most people can totally handle and enjoy, and I don’t add anything you can’t find in supermarkets. However, if you’re hardcore when it comes to hot n’ spicy, play with the flavors, add more of your favorites, and consider throwing in some hot chilis along with the vegetables.
There are lots of ways to wrap samosas, and I’ve tried many of them, but I find the method shown here the easiest:
watch this quick video showing how to wrap samosas
Do it just like she does, and you’ll get great samosas. This amazing lady does 6 at a time. I stick with 1 at a time. If this video ever gets taken down I’ll break down and make one myself, but until then I’ll remain camera-shy and refer you to her. I use a 1/4 cup measure to help me regulate how much filling I’m using.
Update – since I published this post, I made a little step-by-step showing how to wrap samosas like this. Here it is if you’d like to check it out: How to Wrap Anything Samosa Style With Egg Roll Wrappers
Don’t forget to make some red pepper raita to go with your samosas! YUM!!!
- 2 Tbs olive oil
- 1 tsp red or yellow curry powder
- 1 tsp garam masala
- ¼ tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp cumin
- ½ tsp chili powder
- a scant ⅛ tsp - ¼ tsp red pepper flakes, depending on how hot and spicy you like your samosas (I go with a level ⅛ tsp, which is plenty hot for me)
- 1 medium onion, chopped fine
- 1 medium carrot, chopped fine
- 2 medium potatoes, peeled and finely diced
- 2 medium red bell peppers, diced
- optional - 1 or more red or green chili peppers to taste, seeded and chopped fine
- about 1 Tbs fresh ginger, grated (can substitute about ¼ tsp dried ground ginger)
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 cup water
- about 1½ cups green peas, fresh or frozen and thawed
- 10 egg or spring roll wrappers (to make vegan, look in the freezer section of an Asian market for egg-free wrappers)
- Combine the oil and spices in a large nonstick skillet over medium low heat. Stir the spices around in the oil for about 2 minutes. Add the vegetables, raise the heat to medium and stir-fry for about 5 minutes.
- Stir in the ginger, garlic powder and water. Cover the skillet and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. You may need to turn the heat down a bit midway through the simmering. Stir in the peas and cook for a few more minutes until they're heated through. Take the skillet off the heat and let the samosa filling come to room temperature. You can speed this up by transferring the filling to another container.
- When you're ready to fill your samosas, position two racks in the middle of the oven and heat it to 375. Give two cookie sheets a pretty good coating of nonstick, and have a little container of water, a pastry brush and your wrappers ready.
- As you wrap the samosas, arrange them on the cookie sheets. You should be able to get 5 on each sheet without them overlapping. Thoroughly douse them with more nonstick spray to help them brown, then pop them into the oven for about 8 minutes. Get them out, turn them over to brown on the other side, and return them to the oven, switching rack positions, for another 8 minutes.
- You can eat them straight out of the oven, let them cool a bit first (which I like), or let them cool completely and then reheat them whenever you like. Reheat them at 350 for 5-8 minutes.
If you’re like me and can’t get enough samosas, here’s a variation I know you’ll like. These are Spicy Lentil Samosas, similar to these but made with lentils instead of potato. A little more nutrition for your samosas buck, and just as delicious. Maybe even a little bit more delicious. When I want to get my Indian food fix on but I sadly don’t have time to be wrapping samosas, I like to make a batch of this Indian Quinoa and Chickpea Stir Fry. It’s one of the healthiest meals I make, and also one of the most delicious. Indian flavors were made for hearty chickpeas and quinoa. If you love Indian food, give it a try! It’s vegan and clean eating, too.