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A platter of fried gluten-free vegetable samosas with mango and tomato chutney
Gluten-Free Vegetable Samosas

These samosas are a perfect vegetarian snack, lunchbox treat or party food. A samosa is a savoury pastry filled to the brim with a sweet and spicy vegetable filling, then either fried or oven-baked until crisp and golden.

Gluten-Free Samosa Pastry

I use my gluten-free samosa pastry in my vegetable and beef samosas, however, I add some cumin seeds in the vegetable samosa pastry. It gives the pastry a nice zing and brings out the flavour of the filling even more.

The shape of the samosa varies from triangular, cone or half-moon shapes. This depends on the regions in India. I have adopted the cone shape style, but feel free to choose another shape. An easy one is the half-moon shape. I use this shape in my Argentine Empanada recipe with plenty of assembly photos.

Vegetable Samosa Filling

The vegetable filling is made with cooked spiced potatoes, peas, onions, ginger and plenty of roasted spices. If time permits, try to make the filling the day before you intend to serve the samosas. This resting time will improve the flavour of the filling.

How to serve Samosas

Samosas are best served either at room temperature or warm. They are not as appetising if eaten straight out of the fridge. They will be appreciated more for their crisp pastry and warm filling.

Adding some mango or tomato chutney on the side is a nice touch and goes well with the samosas.

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A platter of fried gluten-free vegetable samosas with mango and tomato chutney

Gluten-Free Vegetable Samosas

by Sandra - Fun Without Gluten
Indian vegetable samosas are a popular choice as a snack or served as party food. This recipe will take you through all the easy steps for delicious gluten-free vegetable samosas by making homemade gluten-free cumin samosa pastry and authentic vegetable filling. These samosas can be fried or oven-baked.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 1 hr 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Resting Time 20 mins
Total Time 2 hrs
Course Appetizer, Party Food, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 25 samosas

Ingredients
  

Vegetable Samosa Filling

  • 3 large potatoes, unpeeled and whole
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp fennel seeds
  • ½ tsp black mustard seeds
  • 100 g fresh or frozen defrosted peas
  • ½ tbsp ghee or clarified butter
  • ½ tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil
  • 1 green chilli, chopped finely (and more if you like it spicy)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 tbsp fresh or dried curry leaves, sliced or crumbled

Gluten-Free Cumin Samosa Pastry

Samosa Paste/Glue

For deep-fat frying

  • 750 ml sunflower or vegetable oil

For oven method

  • 1 egg, beaten well
  • 2 tsp water

Instructions
 

Vegetable Samosa Filling (Prep Time 40 mins)

  • Gently cook the whole potatoes in salted water for 20 to 25 minutes. The potatoes should be soft enough to be pierced but not fall apart.
  • Drain the potatoes and start removing their skins once they are cool enough to handle. Cut the potatoes into 2cm cube pieces. Set them aside in a medium bowl.
    cooked potato in the centre of all the ingredients needed to make vegetable filling for gluten-free samosas
  • Stirring constantly, dry roast the cumin, fennel and mustard seeds in a frying pan over medium heat until they release their aroma.
  • Add the ghee and oil. Add the peas and fry for 4 minutes or until they appear slightly dimpled. Transfer the peas and seeds to the potatoes in the bowl.
    peas cooking in a pan
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the potatoes and peas. Mix well.
    cooked potatoes in a bowl with the rest of the vegetable filling for the gluten-free samosas
  • Using a potato masher, slightly crush the potato pieces so they absorb the seasonings.
    mashing the cooked potatoes gently into the vegetable samosa filling
  • Set it aside to cool down at room temperature or cover and place in the fridge for several hours or overnight to develop more flavour.
    vegetable samosa filling cooling down

Gluten-Free Cumin Samosa Pastry (Prep Time 30 mins)

  • Whisk the flour, xanthan gum, cumin seeds and salt in a medium bowl.
  • Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and add the oil.
  • Add half the warm water and using a wooden spoon, bring the flour into the centre, adding more water until all the flour is incorporated.
  • Using your hands, form a dough ball and give it a short knead inside the bowl. Cover and allow to rest for 20 minutes at room temperature.
    gluten-free cumin samosa pastry dough in a ball

Samosa Paste/Glue

  • In a small bowl, mix the plain flour with the cold water until a paste forms. Cover and set it aside for later when assembling the samosas.

Assembling the Samosas (Prep Time 30 mins)

  • Divide the dough into equal balls measuring roughly the size of a tennis ball.
  • Between two sheets of baking paper, roll the dough out as thinly as possible. 1 cm thick is ideal.
  • Using a small plate or bowl measuring approximately 14cm in diameter, cut out a circle using a knife.
    cutting out the gluten-free samosa pastry with a round shape plate and knife
  • Cut the circle in half so there are two semi-circles.
    cutting the round samosa pastry in half
  • Apply a small amount of the samosa paste/glute at one corner of the semi-circle.
    applying the samosa glue to the pastry
  • Roll the semi-circle into a cone shape.
    Rolling the semi-circle samosa pastry into a cone shape
  • Press the seams together gently, adding more samosa paste/glue if needed.
    Pressing the samosa pastry seams together
  • Fill the cone with a few peas to fill the small space at the bottom of the cone.
    filling the samosa cone pastry with peas first to fill the corner
  • Add the bulkier potatoes and filling, leaving a 2cm gap to allow room to seal the samosa. Apply some paste/glue along this seam.
    filling the samosa cone with the rest of the vegetable filling and brushing more glue along the edge to seal it
  • Gently start pressing the outer corners first, then proceed to the centre for the final seal. Any slight tears can be mended by adding some glue over the tear, plus by pressing the dough slightly together.
    final seal of the gluten-free vegetable samosa
  • Lay the assembled samosas on a floured tray while continuing with the remaining samosas.
    several assembled gluten-free vegetable samosa lying on a baking tray before cooking

Deep Frying Method (Frying Time 5 mins)

  • Gradually heat a deep frying pan with the oil on medium-high heat. Test the oil by adding a small piece of samosa dough to the oil. If it sizzles and rises to the top quickly, the oil is ready. Otherwise increase the heat slightly.
  • Add the assembled samosas one or a few at a time, depending on the size of your pan. It is important not to overcrowd the pan as this will lower the oil temperature and not cook the samosas well.
    frying the gluten-free vegetable samosas in the hot oil in the pan
  • Fry the samosas for approximately 5 minutes, flipping them over twice. Remove with a slotted spoon, allow to drain on kitchen paper and continue to fry the rest.

Oven Method (Cooking Time 20 mins)

  • Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F
  • Make the egg wash by mixing the egg and water in a small bowl.
  • Brush the top of each samosa with the egg wash.
    gluten-free vegetable samosas brushed with egg wash on a tray before baking
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Flip over the samosas and brush the top with the egg wash.
  • Return the samosas to the oven to cook a further 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes or more before serving or storing.

Serving

  • Serve warm or at room temperature with either mango or tomato chutney.

Notes

  • Keeps for 4 days chilled
  • Suitable to freeze either uncooked or cooked
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