Quick & Easy Samosas

Greetings from Mobile, Alabama! When I left Roanoke two feet of snow piled on the ground and now I’m walking around in sandals and a t-shirt–kind of a big switch. The snow was awesome–lots of running around, building snowpeople, throwing snowballs, keeping warm with whiskey, and etc.–but it’s great to see my mom again and tear up a mess in the kitchen.

Tonight I’m meeting all my soon-to-be family at a light horderves open house (my mom is getting married soon, which is why I’m spending Christmas in a town I’ve never visited before), so naturally we spent the entire afternoon prepping delicious food for the party. In addition to the meaty items, I whipped up some pesto stuffed mushroom caps, the walnut mushroom pate from VCon, and these quick and easy samosas. While these samosas are not the most authentic, I think they’re pretty darn close since my high school boyfriend’s mother (they were from Madras) used to make her samosas this way. Using the rolled out croissant pastry cuts back on time and utilizing the oven instead of a fryer makes them a little easier on the arteries. It’s a win-win situation!

I hope everyone is having a stress-free pre-Christmas week, or just a good week in general and hopefully soon I’ll have some south Alabama local color to share!

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Quick & Easy Samosas

adapted from Food Network & my ex-boyfriend’s mother

3 medium baking potatoes, boiled until tender, drained and cooled
1/4 c olive oil
1 c onion, minced
1 tsp dried ginger
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp tumeric
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 c green peas
2 tubes vegan croissant rolls

Over medium heat on the stove, saute the onions in the olive oil for 5-6 minutes until translucent. Add the spices and cook for 1 minute, until fragrant.

Add the potatoes and cook for 5 more minutes, stirring to combine. Add the peas. Adjust spices if necessary.

Preheat the oven to 375 F.

Roll out the croissant pastry into thin sheets. Cut into 3″x5″ squares.

Drop a tablespoon of the potato mixture into the middle of the puff pastry wrapper. Wet three sides of the wrapper with your finger and fold the left and right sides into a triangle. Fold up the bottom to seal.

Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown on the top and bottom.

Makes 20-25.

15 Responses to “Quick & Easy Samosas”
  1. Becky says:

    Ohman, this is so on! I think we have almost all of these things in the house right this minute!

  2. Vic says:

    Interesting. I never thought of using croissant dough for the samosa! Do you happen to know what brand is vegan?

  3. Camille says:

    yummy, those look great! must try them after the holidays when I have some time. I’m glad someone else asked which brand was vegan, I was wondering the same thing. Love your blog!

  4. Mmmm…sambusa is one of my very favorite things in the world, I eat it ALL the time. But I rarely make my own since I am surrounded by amazing sambusa here in Saudi Arabia.

  5. Ellen says:

    Hmmmm, wonder how I can make these gluten free? Will give it some thought! Thanks for the inspiration. And thanks for the shout out and mention about my TofuXpress giveaway!


  6. lazysmurf says:

    We just made samosas the other day too but the croissant pastry is a brilliant idea! I always bake mine too so they aren’t flakey.

    Happy Christmas in ‘Bama!

  7. JennShaggy says:

    Those samosas look like pure perfection!

    Would I actually let Maury save me? Probably not…unless he offered some kind of ridiculous cash reward for my accomplishments haha.

    And thank you! I’m about to make those bad boys again for Christmas tomorrow. Yum city 🙂

  8. Jes, I am so jealous of you and all that snow! You’re a happy show-shoveler! 😀

    The samosas look amazing, and I love that you baked them instead of frying them. Merry Christmas and congrats to your mom! Enjoy the warmth! 🙂

  9. jessy says:

    we got lots of snow here in richmond as well. awesomesauce! i hope you’re having the most excellent time in alabama!

    your quick ‘n easy samosas look absolutely delightful & awesome! i have been meaning to try out the walnut mushroom pate from v’con (totally putting that on my list of things to make super soon) and stuffing mushrooms with it + pesto = yum!

    happy holidays to you, Jes – and may they be filled with everything you love the most!

  10. BitterSweet says:

    Oh my, have I mentioned how much I love samosas? I’d eat these right through the screen if I could! Man, do they look delicious.

  11. Yari says:

    Merry Xmas (a bit late, sorry!). I like these samosas, never tried to make them with the vegan croissant pastry, though (I generally use chickpea flour). And it’s a good idea to bake them istead of deep-frying. Looking forward to reading about your stay in Alabama.

  12. Barbara says:

    I love samosas, quick or lengthy, either way. This is a good recipe, Jes. Happy new year!

  13. mihl says:

    Those samosas sound perfect for New Year’s Eve! It must be awesome to live in a country that has so many different weather conditions at the same time. We had snow all over the country. Not that I am complaining…

  14. fortheloveofguava says:

    OOh oooh!!! SMART!!

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