Allo Samosa Recipe - A Delicious Pakistani Snack

Allo Samosa

Allo Samosa Recipe - A Delicious Pakistani Snack
Region / culture: Pakistan | Preparation time: 45 minutes | Cooking time: 30 minutes | Servings: 6


Allo Samosa
Allo Samosa

Aloo Samosa is a popular snack originating from the Indian subcontinent, beloved for its crispy exterior and savory, spiced potato filling. This delightful snack is perfect for any occasion, whether it's a cozy evening at home or a festive gathering. The combination of spices, potatoes, and peas, encased in a flaky pastry, makes for a mouth-watering treat that's hard to resist.


The samosa has a rich history that dates back to the Middle Ages, where it was introduced to the Indian subcontinent by traders from Central Asia. Over the centuries, it has evolved into various forms and flavors, with the Aloo Samosa becoming one of the most popular variants in India and beyond. This version, filled with spiced potatoes and peas, reflects the diverse culinary influences and regional tastes of South Asia.


How to prepare

  1. Sift the flour and salt into a bowl. Add 4 tbsp of oil and rub it in with your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
  2. Slowly add about 4 tbsp of water, or a little more if needed, and gather the dough into a stiff ball.
  3. Empty the ball onto a clean work surface. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes or until it is smooth. Shape it into a ball, rub it with 0.25 tsp of oil, and place it in a plastic bag. Set it aside for 30 minutes or longer.
  4. Prepare the stuffing by peeling the potatoes and cutting them into 0.25 inch dice.
  5. Heat 4 tbsp of oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. When hot, add the onion and fry until soft but not brown. Add the peas, ginger, green chili, fresh coriander (cilantro), and 3 tbsp of water.
  6. Cover the pan, reduce the heat, and simmer until the peas are cooked. Stir occasionally and add a little more water if the pan seems dry.
  7. Add the diced potatoes, salt, coriander seeds, garam masala, roasted cumin, chili powder, and lemon juice. Gently stir to mix. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper. Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool.
  8. Knead the pastry dough again and divide it into six balls. Keep five balls covered while working with the sixth.
  9. Roll out the sixth ball into a 7-inch (18 cm) round. Cut it in half with a sharp, pointed knife. Take one half and form a cone, overlapping the edges by 0.25 inch (5 mm). Seal the seam with a little water.
  10. Fill the cone with about 2.5 tbsp of the potato mixture. Close the top of the cone by sticking the open edges together with a little water. Ensure the seam is about 0.25 inch (5 mm) wide.
  11. Press the top seam down with the prongs of a fork or flute it with your fingers. Repeat the process with the other half. Make a total of 12 more samosas.
  12. Heat about 2 to 3 inches of oil in a karahi or a small, deep frying pan over medium-low heat for deep frying.
  13. When the oil is moderately hot, place as many samosas as the pan can hold in a single layer.
  14. Fry the samosas slowly, turning them frequently, until they turn golden brown and become crisp. Drain them on a paper towel and serve them hot.


  • There are numerous variations of the Aloo Samosa that incorporate different fillings, such as minced meat, cheese, or even sweeter options like chocolate or fruit for a dessert version.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

To ensure your Aloo Samosas turn out perfectly, consider the following tips:

- The dough should be kneaded well to achieve a smooth and pliable texture.

- When rolling out the dough, aim for an even thickness to ensure uniform cooking.

- Seal the edges of the samosas properly to prevent the filling from leaking out during frying.

- Fry the samosas on medium-low heat to achieve a golden-brown color without burning them.

Serving Suggestions

Aloo Samosas can be served with a variety of chutneys, such as tamarind or mint, for dipping. They also pair well with a cup of hot chai tea, making for a perfect snack or appetizer.

Cooking Techniques

Deep frying is the traditional method for cooking samosas, giving them their characteristic crispy texture. However, for a healthier option, they can also be baked in the oven until golden brown.

Ingredient Substitutions

For a gluten-free version, use gluten-free flour blends in place of regular flour. Sweet potatoes can be used instead of white potatoes for a different flavor profile.

Make Ahead Tips

The samosa filling can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to two days. The dough can also be prepared in advance and kept chilled until ready to use.

Presentation Ideas

Serve the samosas on a platter garnished with fresh cilantro leaves and wedges of lemon for an extra touch of flavor.

Pairing Recommendations

Aloo Samosas pair wonderfully with sweet and tangy chutneys, yogurt dips, or even a spicy green chili sauce for those who enjoy a bit of heat.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Leftover samosas can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat in an oven or toaster oven at 350°F (175°C) until warmed through and crispy.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each Aloo Samosa serving contains approximately 200-250 calories, making it a satisfying snack or appetizer.


A serving of Aloo Samosa primarily provides carbohydrates, coming from the flour used in the dough and the potatoes in the filling. Each serving contains approximately 30-40 grams of carbohydrates.


The fat content in Aloo Samosas comes from the oil used for frying and the oil in the dough. Each serving can contain about 10-15 grams of fat, depending on the amount of oil absorbed during frying.


Aloo Samosas contain a modest amount of protein, primarily from the peas in the filling. Each serving provides about 4-5 grams of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

The filling of Aloo Samosa is a good source of vitamins and minerals, particularly Vitamin C from the potatoes and peas, as well as iron and potassium.


Common allergens in Aloo Samosas include gluten (from the flour) and potentially soy if soy-based oil is used for frying. It's important to consider these allergens if you have dietary restrictions.


Aloo Samosas are a delicious, albeit indulgent, snack. While they provide some nutritional benefits such as vitamins and minerals from the vegetables, they are also high in carbohydrates and fats due to the frying process.


Aloo Samosa is a timeless snack that combines the rich flavors of spiced potatoes and peas with the crispiness of deep-fried pastry. Whether enjoyed as a snack, appetizer, or part of a meal, these samosas are sure to delight anyone who tries them. With a bit of practice and the right ingredients, you can bring a taste of the Indian subcontinent into your kitchen.

How did I get this recipe?

The first time I saw this recipe, I was immediately intrigued. It was a hot summer day and I was at a bustling market in India, surrounded by the sights and smells of spices and fresh produce. As I wandered through the maze of stalls, my eye caught a small crowd gathered around a street vendor selling crispy, golden samosas.

The vendor, a kind old man with a twinkle in his eye, was deftly shaping the samosas with nimble fingers, filling them with a fragrant mixture of spiced potatoes and peas. As I watched him work, I couldn't help but feel a pang of hunger and curiosity. I had always loved samosas, but I had never tried making them at home.

I approached the vendor and struck up a conversation with him, asking if he would be willing to share his recipe with me. To my surprise, he smiled warmly and invited me to watch him work. As he mixed the ingredients together and shaped the samosas, he explained each step in detail, sharing his tips and tricks for making the perfect Allo Samosa.

I watched intently, taking mental notes and committing each step to memory. The vendor's hands moved with skill and precision, his movements almost hypnotic as he folded the dough and sealed the edges with a flick of his wrist. I could tell that he had been making samosas for years, perfecting his technique through trial and error.

After he had finished making a fresh batch of samosas, the vendor handed me one to try. The crispy pastry crunched satisfyingly between my teeth, giving way to a savory filling that burst with flavor. The blend of spices was perfectly balanced, each bite a symphony of taste and texture.

As I savored the samosa, I knew that I had to learn how to make it myself. I thanked the vendor profusely and promised to carry on his legacy by sharing his recipe with others. He smiled and patted my hand, his eyes twinkling with pride.

Back at home, I set to work recreating the Allo Samosa recipe. I gathered all the ingredients I had seen the vendor use – potatoes, peas, onions, garlic, ginger, and a myriad of spices. I chopped, sautéed, and mixed, following the steps I had observed at the market.

The scent of cumin and coriander filled my kitchen, mingling with the aroma of frying samosas. I felt a sense of nostalgia as I worked, remembering the vendor's gentle guidance and the communal spirit of the market. Cooking was a way for me to connect with my heritage and honor the traditions that had been passed down to me.

Finally, my first batch of Allo Samosas was ready. The pastry was golden and flaky, the filling fragrant and flavorful. I couldn't wait to share my creation with my family and friends, to pass on the recipe that I had learned from the kind old vendor at the market.

As I bit into a freshly fried samosa, I felt a rush of pride and satisfaction. The flavors transported me back to that hot summer day in India, to the hustle and bustle of the market and the warmth of the vendor's smile. I knew that this recipe would become a treasured part of my culinary repertoire, a link to the past and a bridge to the future.

And so, I continued to make Allo Samosas, refining the recipe with each batch and adding my own personal touch. Each time I cooked them, I thought of the kind old vendor who had shared his knowledge with me, and I felt grateful for the gift of his wisdom.

In the end, it wasn't just a recipe that I had learned that day at the market – it was a lesson in tradition, in community, and in the power of food to connect us across time and distance. The Allo Samosa had become more than just a dish on my table – it was a symbol of my heritage and a reminder of the importance of passing on knowledge and love through the art of cooking. And for that, I would always be grateful to the kind old vendor who had sparked my curiosity and inspired me to create something beautiful.


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