Make Samosas at home (using phyllo pastry!)

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Make your own samosas - - #indian #pataksmom

I promised myself that I would get a bit more adventurous in the kitchen this year, and so far, I’m feeling pretty good about this decision. 

But good and exciting recipes don’t have to be time-consuming or complicated. Sometimes, I like to take a shortcut or two. It’s a beautiful thing: making a meal that comes together quickly – and even better – having leftovers that can be popped into the freezer for another day. 

I chose to make Samosas this week – one of my favourite Indian sides. The spicy potatoes and peas, wrapped up in a crispy shell: how can you NOT like them?

But, this time, I “cheated”. Instead of making the pastry surrounding the samosa, I used phyllo pastry. The result was a crispy shell that I didn’t have to fry, but could bake. (I also didn’t have to fuss about with pastry in my pre-dinner prep!) 

Samosas with phyllo pastry shell
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  1. 1 pkg phyllo pastry - thawed
  2. 1 tsp olive oil
  3. 3 yellow potatoes, peeled and chopped into small cubes
  4. 1 cooking onion, diced
  5. 1 tbsp ginger, grated
  6. 2 cloves garlic - grated
  7. 2 tbsp Patak's Mild Curry Paste
  8. 1 cup frozen peas
  9. 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro
  10. 1 egg, beaten
  11. Patak's mango chutney as a dipping sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Ensure that phyllo is thawed, but do NOT roll it out until ready to assemble samosa
  3. Steam or parboil potatoes until cooked
  4. Heat oil in frying pan over medium heat
  5. Saute onion, garlic and ginger until cooked/onions are transluscent
  6. Add curry paste to pan; cook for 2 minutes
  7. Add cooked potatoes to pan, cook for 2-3 more minutes
  8. Add frozen peas - cover mixture and let cook for 5-10 minutes until peas are thawed and hot
  9. Add cilantro and stir
  10. Remove potato mixture from heat and leave to cool
  11. Line two baking pans with parchment paper
  12. Unwrap thawed phyllo and take about 2-3 layers of phyllo
  13. Using kitchen shears, cut phyllo into three long strips
  14. On one strip, place heaping spoonful of filling at strip's end
  15. Fold samosa into triangles, heading up the strip
  16. Place finished samosa on pan
  17. Once all samosas have been wrapped, cover with egg wash (one beaten egg in a bowl - wherever you brush on the egg, the phyllo will crisp up in the oven)
  18. Place finished pans of samosas in pre-heated oven
  19. Cook for approximately 10-15 minutes, until samosas are brown and crispy
  20. Serve with Patak's Sweet Mango Chutney and/or plain yogurt
  1. Leftover samosas can be placed on a lined tray and put into the freezer overnight. Remove each samosa and place into a ziploc bag for your next Indian feast!

Samosa filling -

I could eat the filling right out of the pan. 

In fact, I did! 

Samosa on Phyllo - 

Phyllo pastry – technically – is supposed to thaw in the fridge or on the counter for a few hours. 

But – keeping in tune with this post – I like to cheat. 

I blast it in the microwave for about 45 seconds – while it’s still rolled up – and then let it sit on the counter while I’m making the filling. 

It’s soft and pliable by then (and isn’t a big gooey mess, as some sites warn of; I think that might be a case of TOO long in the microwave). 

And do not unroll your phyllo until right before you want to wrap up your samosas. The phyllo will dry up in a matter of minutes, and will just crack and groan as you try to work with it. Leave it rolled up until you’re ready. 

Rolling up Samosas - 

Stuff your samosas with as much filling as your little triangle will hold. Start with one triangle, then fold it back on itself towards the opposite side of the strip. Continue until your samosa is finished.

And try to take only 2-3 layers of phyllo at a time. You’re doubling the thickness of phyllo each time you fold a triangle. The focus should be on the filling, and not the flaky crust.

Make your own samosas - - #indian #pataksmom

After about 15 minutes in the oven, the samosas are ready to be gobbled up. I like to dip them in Patak’s Mango Chutney or in plain yogurt (or why not both? Yummmm….) 

Make your own samosas - - #indian #pataksmom

Oh, cilantro. You are just so good. 

Extra samosas can be popped onto a lined baking sheet, and once they’re cool, you can pop them into the freezer overnight. Once the samosas are frozen, remove them from the pan and pop them into a freezer-safe container. Now you have samosas ready for a quick dinner! Pop them into the oven at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes and take a jar of Patak’s out of the pantry. Instant dinner!

Make these samosas for your next Indian meal (we had these with the Spicy Butter Chicken), but don’t fret over pastry. Take the “phyllo” shortcut!

Disclosure: I am part of the Patak’s Canada Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.



  1. January 4, 2014

    Tara, these look absolutely amazing! I LOVE using phyllo dough but I’ve never thought to make samoas with it! This is definitely going on my “to make list”! (My guys LOVE curry!)
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    • January 5, 2014

      Oh, let me know if you try it, Marilyn! I was thrilled with how quickly and easily it all came together!

  2. January 6, 2014
    amy @ one artsy mama

    Oh, YUM! Those look beyond delicious! I’ll be right over…as soon as I, um, catch a plane…and pack…and, well, they’ll all be gone by the time I get there, won’t they.
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    • January 7, 2014

      You’re so right. We gobbled them up before you could get here!

      But if you ever make them yourself, let me know!

  3. January 6, 2014
    Kathy Penney @ Sparkles And A Stove

    Samosas are one of our favorite takeout foods! I would love to try making them at home!
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    • January 7, 2014

      Kathy – let me know if you try them! Samosas are a big favourite in our house too!

  4. January 6, 2014
    Virginia Fynes

    You had me at Phyllo! I’ve never tried making them myself but I think you have me sold!
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    • January 7, 2014

      The phyllo makes these so easy! (And I love an easy recipe!)

  5. January 6, 2014

    Whoa, these look great! My mind is wandering with all kinds of things you could dip them in!
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    • January 7, 2014

      I love all-things-that-can-be-dipped! 🙂

  6. January 7, 2014

    This is unique and looks so tasty!
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    • January 8, 2014

      Thank you so much, Paula! It was really delicious!

  7. January 7, 2014

    These look delicious! I love samosas too but never want to fuss with deep frying them, so GREAT idea using phyllo pastry! I just might try to make them myself now!
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    • January 8, 2014

      Thank you, Jo-Anna! I try to get away from fried things when I can, and the phyllo crisped up in a lovely way with the egg wash. Let me know if you try them!

  8. January 7, 2014

    The filling looks delicious- I’m with you- I could eat it like that!
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    • January 7, 2014

      I’m SO like that. If I’m making cookies, I’m grabbing big globs of the dough. If I’m making soup, I’m always munching on the veggies…

      I will admit – I had a few big spoonfuls of that filling while I was making the samosas! 😉

  9. January 7, 2014
    Meredith @ Wait Til Your Father Gets Home

    I’ve never heard of this, but it looks fantastic!!
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    • January 7, 2014

      Thank you Meredith! You mean to tell me, you’ve never had a samosa before? Oh girl… we need to go out for Indian food together! Soooo good!

  10. January 7, 2014

    I have been tempted to grab some phyllo dough but I didn’t know what to do with it…. But this look fantastic and easy! I’m totally pinning this for later!
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    • January 7, 2014

      Oh, thank you for the pin, Kadie! Phyllo is surprisingly easy to work with. Just don’t unroll it until JUST before you want to start using it. It dries out really fast!

  11. January 7, 2014
    Adrianne at Happy Hour Projects

    Those look delicious!!
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    • January 7, 2014

      Thanks, Adrianne! They were really delicious!

  12. January 7, 2014

    Oh this looks wonderful. I don’t have much experience with Indian food but I have so many friends that love it! I really have to try this… pinned!
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    • January 8, 2014

      Let me know if you try it, Kimber! Indian food is SO delicious. You’ll love it!

  13. January 8, 2014

    Yum! These sound so goo and easy to make! Love Indian Food!
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  14. January 8, 2014
    Krista @thehappyhousie

    These are literally causing me to drool. I have to pin it and try it out- I love samosas but think they look much easier with this phyllo option. Thanks for sharing the recipe (and idea) Tara!!
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  15. January 9, 2014

    Seriously never even heard of a samosa! But they look amazing- thanks for an awesome recipe, Tara!
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  16. January 9, 2014

    Oh yum! I am always looking for tasty new and quick vegetarian recipes and I love Palak. Thanks for this Tara! And your pics look amazing!!!

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  17. January 9, 2014
    Tash @ The Dreamhouse Project

    Oh my these look yummy!! Makes me want samosas RIGHT NOW!!! This is definitely one I’m going to be trying at home. Thanks for sharing!!!
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  18. January 9, 2014

    The word “delectable” comes to mind!
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  19. January 9, 2014

    I’m all about taking shortcuts as long as it still tastes good and these sure look like they taste good. Yum!
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  20. January 11, 2014

    These look and sound delicious!
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  21. January 12, 2014
    Amy of while wearing heels

    Cheater :). This looks delicious. Your family must love how adventurous you are with your culinary skills.
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  22. January 17, 2014

    Yummy, yummy, yummy! These look wonderful. I like to make different (for me) food like this. I’m staying away from curry right now. Too much pregnancy heartburn, but definitely want to try your idea if not quite your recipe. Thank you.
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  23. January 9, 2015

    HI there,

    I made chicken samoosas and they became very soggy, the outer line of the pastry was crispy but the inside was soft. And the filling had no moist! Any ideas on how to avoid this?


  24. February 3, 2016
    Busy Mom

    Question: How many samosas does this recipe make? How many people will it feed?

  25. June 29, 2016

    just made these and ended up with 20 samosas ( just enough for me :)…) They are awesome , taste great , and crispy
    will definitely be making these again and soon .


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