Easy Baked Spiced Potato Samosas

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Dinner, Main Course, Side, Appetizer, Lunch South Asian-Inspired
By Kelly Djalali Serves: Makes 8 Samosas
Prep Time: 20 Minutes Cooking Time: 30 Minutes Total Time: ~50 Minutes

South Asian spices give new life to leftover or instant mashed potatoes for this easy baked samosas recipe. A perfect hand-held snack.


  • 1/2 cup Diced Onion
  • 1 Jalapeño or Serrano Pepper, stemmed, seeded and diced fine
  • 1 tbsp. Grated Fresh Ginger
  • 2-4 Garlic Cloves, minced or pressed
  • 1 tsp. Garam Masala
  • 1/2 tsp. Cumin Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. Brown Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Turmeric
  • 2 cups Leftover or Instant Mashed Potatoes
  • 3/4 cup Frozen Peas
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro
  • 2 Prepared Pie Doughs
  • Mint and Coriander Chutney; Mango or Tamarind Chutney for dipping



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large sheet tray with a piece of parchment paper.


In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté the diced onion in a about 1 tablespoon of grapeseed oil. Once the onions are softened and begin to brown around the edges, add the grated ginger, garlic and diced hot pepper. Stir and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.


Then add the garam masala, mustard seeds, cumin seeds and turmeric. Stir the spices into the onion mixture and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.


Then add two cups of mashed potatoes and the frozen peas to the pan and mix well to fully combine.


Once the mixture is smooth and the mashed potatoes have taken on the bright yellow of the turmeric, take the pan off the heat and stir in the chopped cilantro.


Transfer the spiced potato mixture to a bowl to help it cool down and so it's easier to scoop portions.


Set your parchment-lined sheet tray to one side of your workspace. Get a small dish of water to moisten the edges of the pie dough triangles. Unroll one of the pie doughs and slice it into quarters. Once cut, use your finger to dip into the water and trace the three sides of each triangle.


Use a 1/3 measuring cup to scoop a scant 1/3 cup of the spiced potato mixture. Set the portion in the center of the dough triangle and use water-moistened finger tips to lightly spread the potato mix, leaving a half-inch border of dough to seal up the samosa. Then, just take one long side of the triangle and fold it over. Press the edges together to seal. Transfer the folded and sealed samosas to the sheet tray and repeat with the rest of that dough and the second round. You should have 8 samosas.


Once all 8 are folded, sealed and placed on the sheet tray, brush the tops with egg wash. Then prick the tops with the tines of a fork, or make 3 small cuts with a paring knife. Bake on the center rack in the oven for 30 minutes, or until the Easy Baked Spiced Potato Samosas are golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly and serve while still hot.

To Air Fry Instead of Baking


Set the air fryer to 350 degrees and air fry until golden, about 12 minutes, turning the samosas over halfway through.