Samosa savory (Prabhupada´s recipe)

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Samossa (also pronounced sangossa) is a favorite food of the devotees of Krishna. As an  hors d´oeuvre or as a course in themselves, these spice-filled pastries are always a sure delight.


  • 1 medium sized cauliflower
  • 8 oz. package frozen peas
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red peppers
  • 1/4 cup ghee (clarified butter or oil)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves
  • 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. coriander
  • 1/4 tsp. cardamon
  • 3/4 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. sage
  • 1/4 tsp. thyme
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 5 cups white flour
  • 6 tbsp. butter
  • 1½ cups of water


1Made massala by mixing dry ingredients together in a cup. Then, in a 4-quart saucepan heat oil till smoking. Add cumin seeds and crushed red peppers. Cook till black. Break cauliflower into small pieces, add and stir. Add masala and mix well. Add peas and mix well. Add salt. Add water and cover. Cook for about 3 hours, stirring occasionally. When done, mash vegetables into a pulp with fork. Set aside to cool.

2Mix flour and butter well by rubbing the mixture between palms of hands. Add water and knead into an even, stiff dough. Make a few 1/2-inch diameter balls. Roll balls out into circles 4 or 5 inches in diameter, and about 1/8 inch thick. Cut circles in half and fold into cones as shown in figures 1 through 3. Seal this fold with a little water on finger. Stuff the cone to the top. Then seal cone by folding down the loose flap, stretching dough as it is folded (figure 4). Finished samosas should look like a fat little triangle. Make all samosas in this way. Let them set about half an hour before deep frying.

3Deep frying: Heat 2 quarts of ghee or oil in a large heavy pot or deep fryer. When oil is sufficiently hot, but not smoking, put samosas into it and fry for about 15-20 minutes or till golden brown. Stir frequently while frying. Makes about 60.

Do not forget to offer everything to Kṛṣṇa through His bonafide representative – His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda

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