Shortcut Baked Samosa
Crispy baked samosa stuffed with a combination of cauliflower, potatoes, peas, carrots, and spices. These easy vegetarian samosa use a store bought wrapper to speed up the cooking process.
It's so easy to make baked vegetarian samosa yourself. Don't psych yourself out! With just a few veggies and wonton wrappers, you'll have this samosa recipe ready to go in under 35 minutes. Don't forget the samosa sauce! The mint cilantro sauce has so much flavor that you will find excuses to eat it with just about everything!
These crispy samosa taste every bit as incredible as the kind you order from the restaurant. As someone who loves eating out - that is saying a lot!
To lighten up the recipe significantly, the samosa are baked instead of fried and stuffed with cauliflower instead of potatoes.
There are a million samosa recipes out there, and this recipe can be easily tweaked to include your favorite flavors. I wanted something quick and easy, so I went with a simple pea and carrot samosa and just used curry powder and garam masala to create the Indian flavors.
Also, if you are eating low carb, the pureed cauliflower with carrots, peas, and spices is delicious all on its own. The calorie count on these is really low since it is just veggies and the wonton wrappers, which are only 44 calories apiece.
Key Ingredients For Vegetarian Samosa
When you use fresh ingredients to make this Indian food recipe, you will be able to taste the difference. It has so much more flavor! Here's what I used in my samosa recipes:
- Vegetables: I used cauliflower, peas, and carrots. If you use other types of vegetables, just be sure and cut them up really small to fit inside the wonton wrappers.
- Spices: Curry and garam masala are spices that you typically find in Indian recipes. Add some salt and pepper for more flavor.
- Wonton Wrappers: This is so much easier than trying to make your pastry. It saves a lot of time, and they are relatively inexpensive for a significant amount of samosa.
- Sauce Ingredients: For the mint cilantro sauce, I used fresh garlic, jalapeno, mint, cilantro, sugar, and lime juice. Blend everything and serve. It really is that simple! Add more water if you want to thin it out.
Note: For a full list of ingredients and detailed instructions on how to make these samosa, take a look at the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post!
What To Serve With Samosa
These samosa are the perfect appetizer for an Indian dinner. I like to serve them with my vegetable korma! They will also taste great with some chicken tikka masala.
My best tip is to think about the ingredients you are using in the samosa and use them again in lots of other recipes throughout the night.
For something sweet that will finish the night beautifully, serve some fresh mango salsa with the vegetarian samosa. It will refresh your pallet!
Recipe Tips And Ideas For Baked Samosa
Follow these tips to make sure that these samosa turn out crispy and flavorful every single time!
- Reheat leftovers correctly. They will soften the longer you keep them in the refrigerator. To bring them back to their crispy glory, just bake them in the oven at 350F for about 10 minutes.
- Use a blender or food processor to make the filling! If you don't have one, I suggest investing in one. You'll use it. It makes the entire process of pureeing the cauliflower faster.
- Indent the wrappers with a fork. Not only does this make them look prettier, but it seals them better so that when they bake, they won't pop open.
Frequently Asked Questions About Making Samosa
Here are some questions I frequently get asked about by some readers…
Can you make samosa in the air fryer?
Yes, you can fry them in the air fryer!
To do this:
- Preheat your air fryer to 400F.
- Then, place them in the basket in a single layer.
- Fry them for about 10 minutes.
- Then, flip them over and bake them for another 5 minutes.
Serve and enjoy!
How do you store leftover vegetarian samosa?
If you have leftover samosa, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will last about 3-5 days.
You can also freeze the samosa, and they will last even longer. Frozen, the samosa will stay fresh for up to 6 months!
To freeze samosa:
- Bake them and let them cool completely.
- Then, place them on a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper. Keep them in just one single layer.
- Place the baking sheet and the samosa in the freezer for about an hour (or until they are completely frozen).
- When they are frozen solid, you can place them in a resealable freezer bag and keep them in the freezer this way.
- To thaw them, just take out the amount you want to eat and let them sit in the refrigerator overnight.
What can I use instead of cilantro for the samosa sauce?
Cilantro is a very divisive herb. Some love it, while others can't stand the sight of it, let alone its flavor. If you don't like cilantro, replace it with fresh parsley. Or, just leave it out entirely!
What are some other ways I can use the mint cilantro sauce?
There are so many ways you can use this mint chutney.
You can add it to your sandwich for a vibrant new flavor or spread it on a slice of naan bread as a healthy snack. You can also use it as a dipping sauce for meats and veggies as a snack or healthy dinner.
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Shortcut Baked Samosa
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- 1.5 cups cauliflower florets
- 1.5 cups potatoes, diced
- 3/4 cup frozen peas and carrots, defrosted
- 1 tbsp olive oil (or canola oil)
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
- 1/2 tsp curry powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 24 square wonton wrappers
- 1/4 cup plain nonfat yogurt (sauce)
- 2 cloves garlic (sauce)
- 1 jalapeno, seeded (sauce)
- 1/2 cup fresh mint (sauce)
- 1/2 cup cilantro (sauce)
- 1 tsp sugar (sauce)
- 2 tbsp lime juice (sauce)
- 2 tbsp water (sauce)
- Salt and pepper
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Lay out your wonton wrappers on a large cooking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Carefully add ~1 tbsp filling into the center of each wonton. Then close each wonton wrapper by gently wetting the corner with your finger and pushing closed. You can use a fork to make indentations along the edge if you want them prettier.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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