Spiced Potato and Cauliflower Samosas with Two Chutneys

Here's our busy cook's take on a favorite appetizer, baked instead of fried, and with purchased dough instead of homemade. The garam masala gives these a mellow earthiness.

Sunset OCTOBER 2010

  • Yield: Makes 8 servings (serving size: 2 samosas)
  • Total: 50 Minutes


  • 1 cup coarsely chopped peeled russet potato
  • 3/4 cup cauliflower florets
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
  • 3/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala*
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 package (14 oz.) refrigerated pie dough for 2 crusts
  • 2 cups packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 medium jalapeño chile, seeded
  • 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup tamarind chutney*


1. Make samosas: Simmer potato and cauliflower in water to cover until just tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and chop.

2. Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add mustard seeds, cover, and cook until they pop, 30 to 60 seconds. Stir in turmeric and cayenne and cook just until sizzling. Add onion, garlic, and ginger and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 3 minutes.

3. Remove pan from heat and stir in garam masala, salt, lemon juice, and potato mixture. Stir in cilantro.

4. Preheat oven to 425°. Lay pastry flat on a work surface and cut each round into 8 pie-shaped wedges. Mound about 1 1/2 tbsp. potato filling on center of each wedge. To shape each samosa, brush edges of a pastry wedge with water, then pull up points to meet in center. Pinch points and edges to seal, neatening points. Transfer samosas to a rimmed baking sheet.

5. Bake samosas until golden, 18 to 20 minutes. Meanwhile, make mint chutney: Whirl mint, chile, onion, sugar, salt, lemon juice, and 3 tbsp. water in a blender until smooth. Pour into a small bowl. Spoon tamarind chutney into another bowl. Serve samosas hot with chutneys.



*Buy at well-stocked grocery stores or at worldspice.com.

Make ahead: Through step 4 up to 1 day, chilled.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.


Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 302
  • Calories from fat: 43%
  • Protein: 3.3g
  • Fat: 14g
  • Saturated fat: 5.7g
  • Carbohydrate: 43g
  • Fiber: 2.8g
  • Sodium: 683mg
  • Cholesterol: 5.5mg

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Spiced Potato and Cauliflower Samosas with Two Chutneys Recipe