8 servings (serving size: 2 samosas and about 2 tablespoons raita)

Samosas, traditional Indian pastries filled with vegetables, meat, or both, are typically made with homemade dough, then fried. Our samosas remain light and crisp because we enclose the filling in phyllo dough and then bake them. When processing the filling, pulse just until the ingredients are chopped so it retains its texture.

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare samosas, cook potato and carrot in boiling water 8 minutes or until tender; drain.

Step 2

Heat oil in a wok or large skillet over medium heat. Add onion to pan; cook 10 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Add ginger, garlic, and red pepper; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in cumin and next 5 ingredients (through turmeric); cook 15 seconds, stirring constantly. Add potato mixture, peas, cilantro, and juice, stirring well to combine; cool slightly. Place half of filling in a food processor; pulse until coarsely chopped. Spoon chopped filling into a bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining filling.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 4

Place 1 phyllo sheet on a large cutting board or work surface (cover remaining dough to prevent drying); lightly coat with cooking spray. Fold phyllo sheet in half lengthwise to form an 18 x 7–inch rectangle. Spoon about 3 tablespoons filling onto bottom end of rectangle, leaving a 1-inch border. Fold left bottom corner over mixture, forming a triangle; keep folding back and forth into a triangle to end of phyllo strip. Tuck edges under triangle; lightly coat seam with cooking spray. Place triangles, seam side down, 2 inches apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Repeat procedure with remaining phyllo, cooking spray, and filling to form 16 samosas.

Step 5

Bake at 350° for 13 minutes with 1 baking sheet on bottom rack and 1 baking sheet on second rack from the top. Rotate baking sheets; bake an additional 12 minutes or until samosas are lightly browned.

Step 6

To prepare raita, combine yogurt and mint. Serve with samosas.

Ratings & Reviews

Clobberella422's Review

December 22, 2011
These were really good. I did use a bit more spice in the filling than called for, as I preferred it cumin flavored rather than just cumin scented. I also used puff pastry instead of filo to save time, and the results, I think, were superior to what they would have been had I used the filo. I think I'd try it with sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes next time for a different taste. These made a nice accompaniment to the CL Vegetable & Chickpea Curry.

Xtal74's Review

January 02, 2011
Very delicious, though time-consuming to make! I made them for a party, and people really liked them. I loved the flavor from the combination of spices, and the texture contrast of soft insides and crispy outsides.

crusnock's Review

November 20, 2010
Full of flavor! We folded the phyllo sheets in thirds instead of halves, to make them more of a finger-food appetizer. Instead of the raita, we served with store-bought tamarind-date chutney and mango chutney.

KellysGirl's Review

October 19, 2009
These were incredible! This time I used pillbury seemless dough because I couldn't find puff pastry or phylo. Bad grocery store....at any rate, they were a HIT. Everyone loved the dough. Yum yum yum. I did follow the recipe exactly as it was with the amount of spice, etc. Perfection!