Spend a little time making your own samoosas


LEARNING to make your own samoosas can be a bit time consuming but it’s not that difficult – and there’s nothing better than a fresh samoosa straight out of the hot oil. Try these delicious mushroom, pea and potato ones, you can’t go wrong. With thanks to the SA Mushroom Farmers’ Association.


Serves 6-8 


  • 250g portabellini or button mushrooms, finely chopped 
  • ½ onion, finely diced
  • 1 Tbsp Cape Malay style curry powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated 
  • 1 Tbsp ginger, grated
  • 1 fresh chilli, seeded and minced
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 2 Tbsp fresh coriander
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 medium potatoes, boiled, peeled and roughly mashed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 500g samoosa pur/ pastry
  • ½ cup flour

For the dipping sauce:

  • ½ cup mint leaves 
  • ¼ cup fresh coriander
  • ½ small tomato
  • ¼ small onion
  • 2 Tbsp plain yoghurt 
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Pinch of sea salt 
  • Water as needed
  • Neutral oil for frying 


  • For the dipping sauce, combine all ingredients and blend together until smooth adding enough cold water to help things blend to a smooth and saucy consistency. 
  • Set aside in the fridge for serving. 
  • Heat a drizzle of love oil in a frying pan. Fry the mushrooms, onion and curry powder until the mushrooms have released all their liquid. Then add the garlic, ginger and chilli and cook until fragrant. Add the peas and cook until just tender.
  • Remove from the heat and add the coriander, lemon juice, mashed potatoes and season. Mix well. 
  • Whisk the flour with some water in a small bowl to form a smooth spreadable paste.
  • Holding a strip of pastry in your left hand, pull the bottom corners one after the other across and up to form a triangle and a pocket at the base of the pastry in which to put the filling.
  • Fill with a spoonful of filling, then continue folding the pastry until you have sealed off the opening and have a neat triangle. 
  • Seal the final edge by dipping your finger in the flour paste, spreading a small amount on the pastry and then sealing tightly.
  • Heat neutral oil in a large pan.
  • Fry the samoosas until golden brown, turning often to keep the colour even.
  • Remove and drain on a paper towel.
  • Serve with the mint dipping sauce.
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