Basic Samosas Recipe
Empanadas, egg rolls, pierogies, and samosas are generally the same concept. Samosas – a savory fried vegetable and/or meat-filled pocket – are popular in India, Southwest Asia, and parts of Africa.
This recipe is for a classic Indian samosa with a filling of potatoes, onions, peas, and spices.
Typical Indian samosas are deep fried, but I opted for pan frying instead- frying the samosas in a bit of oil in a pan. This is easier, and there’s less mess.
Although it’s possible to make your own pastry, I find it much easier and quicker to use egg roll wrappers. You can find egg roll wrappers in the produce section of most grocery stores. This is a great, budget-friendly appetizer or even main course.
I serve these with sweet chili sauce – my favorite sauce in the world. It’s a little sweet, a little spicy, and super cheap. You can find it in the Asian food section of most supermarkets. I use it as a dip for fried appetizers, in stir-fry sauces, and even as a pizza sauce.
More Recipes Using Egg Roll Or Wonton Wrappers
If you have leftover egg roll wrappers, consider making one of these easy recipes:
- Banana-Nutella egg rolls
- Deep fried candy bars (Minnesota State Fair-inspired)
- Asparagus-cream cheese wonton fries
- Cheesy hot dog wontons
- Buffalo chicken wontons
- Mango chicken wontons
- Turkey and cranberry wontons
- Crispy wonton crackers
- 1 large baking potato
- 1 medium onion
- 3/4 cup frozen peas
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- Pinch of fine grain sea salt
- 8 egg roll wrappers
- Oil, for frying
- Peel potato and cut into small chunks. Cut onion into chunks roughly the same size. You will want the potato and onion to be mostly cooked before assembling and frying the samosas. I typically microwave these for a minute or two before assembling the filling. Once these have been cooked, mix together with the peas, coriander, and salt.
- To assemble the samosas: Lay an egg roll wrapper in front of you like a diamond. Place about 1/4 cup of filling in the center of the egg roll wrapper. Fold the left corner over the filling. Fold the bottom corner up, then the right corner, and finally fold the upper corner tightly over the three other folds. Moisten the folds with some water to make them stick together. Assemble the rest of the samosas.
- Heat a couple of tablespoons of the oil in a large frying pan. Fry samosas for a minute or two on each side until golden brown. Serve with sweet chili sauce or chutney.