Baked Samosas!

by simplylife on April 27, 2012

Remember those egg roll wrappers I used to make Baked Vegetable Egg Rolls?  Well, I only used about half the package and if you know me, you know I couldn’t just throw away the rest of them.  What a waste that would be!  I was determined to find another creative way to use these versatile pre-made sheets of dough.

I knew I wanted to make something relatively simple and with familiar ingredients.  I know I’ve said this before, but I”ll say it again (basically until each of you tell me that you’ve made your own naan and curry): Indian food isn’t intimidating.  If you take a look at the main ingredients in this: potatoes, onion and peas, you probably have all of them sitting in your kitchen right now!  The ONLY different is the spices used.

The answer was clear: Baked Samosas!  I love that when you bite into the crisp outer shell, you find a warm, chewy center bursting with flavor.  These are one of our favorite finger-foods to eat and are always a fun appetizer to share!

Baked Samoas

by Simply Life

Adapted from The Colors of Indian Cooking

Keywords: bake appetizer side vegetarian vegan potatoes Indian


  • 2 medium sized yellow potatoes
  • 2 tbs. oil
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green chili, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. coriander powder
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1/2 cup green peas, frozen or defrosted
  • 1/4 tsp. garam masala
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 10 egg roll wrappers, room temperature
  • 1 tbs. fresh cilantro, chopped


1. Boil potatoes until tender, about 20-30 minutes. Drain pan and mash potatoes with a fork.

2. Heat oil in a large skillet or deep pan (use pan so that “popping” mustard seeds can’t fly out) over high heat. When oil is hot, add mustard and cumin seeds. When mustard seeds begin to “pop” add onion, chili, coriander powder, salt and peas. Mix in the potatoes, garam masala, lemon juice and cilantro. Set aside.

3. Preheat oven to 350. Cut egg roll wrappers diagonally in half, to make triangles. Get a small bowl of room temperature water. Brush edges of wrapper with water. Place about 2 tbs. of potato mixture in center of triangle (want it to be “full” but not overflowing). Fold over triangle so all edges are touching. Seal together with fingers or fork and set on greased baking sheet. Fill all wrappers with mixture.

4. Brush tops of samosas lightly with beaten egg, melted butter or cooking spray. Place in oven for about 8 minutes, then flip and bake for additional 10 minutes until golden brown. Top with additional cilantro for garnish, if desired. Serve and enjoy!

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  • Colleen

    YUM! I am totally like you in that I can’t let anything go to waste… I love these – so pretty on the plate and no doubt, super delicious! As for a fav appetizer of mine, I have to say I’m a big fan of mozzarella sticks. I rarely get them but I do love ’em!

  • Hillary

    Oh, I LOVE samosas! I’m actually going out for Indian tonight, and you just made the craving that much worse!

  • Emily @ A Cambridge Story

    OK, I am making these tonight because 1. I have wonton wrappers and 2. I’m making Indian food! This sounds PERFECT. Thank you!

  • Jamie

    This is awesome! I love samosas!
    But, I think my favorite appetizer is baked brie. Or bruschetta!

  • Elizabeth Polit

    These look amazing!! Great recipe 😀

  • Belinda

    These are beautiful! The flavors look amazing!

  • itzyskitchen

    They look just perfect!What a special dinner

  • Bee

    I love how versatile wonton wrappers are. I make raviolis with them all the time!

  • Marialuisa Echeberria

    Wow, they look so yummy!!!

  • Nicole, RD

    Samosas are my favorite! I love, love, love this baked version – thank you!!!

  • Mom

    What a beautful presentation and awesome idea for the wraps!! My favorite appetizer used to be little gibanica triangles crusty on the outside and delicious on the inside! I have to find a new one…how fun!!!

  • Priya

    Baked samosas looks fabulous..

  • Tigerfish

    I don’t think I can pick out a favorite. I have many favorite(s)! At this instant looking at your samosas, my favorite is samosas. I do like egg rolls, crab cakes etc. as appetizers some other time as well.

  • camille

    Oh god, samosas, I could live on samosas. Actually, I think I did in college – for some reason, selling samosas (1 for $1, 3 for $2) was a super popular way for various student groups to raise money, so there was nearly always a table in a building lobby trying to sell me some.

    And my favourite appetizer is all of them. I’d usually rather load up on appetizers than eat the actual meal!

    • Simply Life

      I wish they had them at my college!

      And yes, I agree!…I would much rather fill-up on appetizers than the main meal most of the time!

  • Maris @ Mari’s Cakes

    We love samosas, I love your idea to use egg roll wraps and bake it! That makes it so much easier! Have a wonderful weekend.

  • Kari

    A warm chewy centre bursting with flavour is something that, surely, can’t ever go wrong! These look beautiful!

  • Karriann Graf

    This would be a lovely hors d’oeuvre 😉

    “Spice it Up”

  • JoJo

    I looove samosas.. I like that you are posting all these indian foods.. I love the cuisine!
    There are too many appetizers I like that it’s hard to pick one, but right now rainbow roll (sushi roll) sounds good to me… 😛

  • Marissa

    These look fantastic! I’ve never tried baking samosas, but love the idea (no mess!). Thanks!

  • Ranjani

    Delicious! Baked samosas is actually on my list of recipes to make soon

  • Yummychunklet

    I love that these are baked. So much healthier than any fried versions. That means I can enjoy more!

  • Colleen

    Great idea! My boyfriend is obsessed with samosas and keeps talking about trying to make them at home. You’re right – the ingredients are actually simple!

  • Jolene (

    Samosas are one of life’s greatest pleasures. LOVE.

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