Recipes

Potato Samsa

Serves 4

| Prep Time: 15 mins

| Cook Time: 40 mins

| Total Time: 60 mins

You may need: Garam Masala

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As we explore Central Asian cuisine, we land on a hot snack called a Samsa, popular across the region from the former Soviet Republics of Turkmenistan to Southern Russia. Samsa are baked buns of plain dough or layered pastry stuffed with meat, cheese, and/or vegetable fillings like potato or pumpkin. Samsa are almost always baked in a Tandoor or special clay oven, differentiating these from their fried South Asian cousins called Samosa. Samsa are popular as a grab-and-go street food for busy workers and night owls.

In our vegan version of Samsa, crispy baked spring rolls are wrapped around creamy mashed potatoes seasoned with the spice blend called Garam Masala, a popular South and Central Asian spice blend. These crispy packets make the most delicious appetizer or side. Our chef recommends serving Potato Samsa with a side salad for the perfect at-home brunch option. A staple of Indian and Pakistani cuisine, Garam Masala literally translates to 'Warm Spice' in Hindi. While not fiery hot, it has some heat from cayenne peppers balanced by the 'warming spices' of cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and star anise. This delightful all-purpose blend adds maximum flavor to any dish. It is so good you'll want to have some table side for sprinkling on every bite.

Ingredients

  • For the Dough:

  • 1 package spring roll wrappers

  • For the Filling:

  • 2 medium potato, peeled

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil 

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 Tbsp Piquant Post Garam Masala

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Notes

We have made these samsas super easy to throw together by using spring roll wrappers, but you can make your own wrapper dough by following this recipe.  You can also use puff pastry from the grocery store. 

Besides brushing them with oil, you can also brush them with an egg wash to help the brown nicely and become glossy!

Looking for more Garam Masala recipes? Try our Afghan Chicken Pulao, our Channa Masala or our Chicken Tikka Masala recipes. Do you love tofu? Our Saag Tofu includes Garam Masala in the dish as well! 

Instructions

Bring a medium sauce pan of water to a boil. Add the peeled potatoes and cook for about 30 minutes or until the potatoes are tender to the center. When the potatoes are cooked, drain them transfer to a medium sized bowl set them aside until ready to use. 

Heat the olive oil in a skillet and add the onion. Sauté until the onion is translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic cloves, and the Piquant Post Garam Masala. Stir well and cook 2 more minutes on low. Mash the potatoes well and mix in with the onion. Set aside. 

Preheat your oven to 375°F.

To build the samsas, place a single sheet of spring roll wrapper flat on your counter. Place 1 large tablespoon of the potato mixture into the bottom left hand corner of wrapper. Fold that corner into the center of the square wrapper. Then fold the salsa onto itself until it forms a neat triangular package. Place the folded salsa onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Brush both sides lightly with oil. 

Fold all the samsas and place the sheet pan into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the samsas are golden brown and crispy. Serve immediately with tea and salad for a light lunch

Alternatives & Substitutions

  • Add other veggies to the filling like frozen peas, cauliflower and broccoli for some extra nutrition!

  • Try using our Garam Masala to spice chickpeas for some healthy vegan lettuce wraps!

  • Garam Masala is perfect for seasoning an Indian Style Veggie Burger.

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Potato Samsa

Serves

4

Prep Time

15 mins

Cook Time

40 mins

Total Time

60 mins

Piquant Post spice you’ll need: Garam Masala

Ingredients

  • For the Dough:

  • 1 package spring roll wrappers

  • For the Filling:

  • 2 medium potato, peeled

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil 

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 Tbsp Piquant Post Garam Masala

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring a medium sauce pan of water to a boil. Add the peeled potatoes and cook for about 30 minutes or until the potatoes are tender to the center. When the potatoes are cooked, drain them transfer to a medium sized bowl set them aside until ready to use. 

  2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet and add the onion. Sauté until the onion is translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic cloves, and the Piquant Post Garam Masala. Stir well and cook 2 more minutes on low. Mash the potatoes well and mix in with the onion. Set aside. 

  3. Preheat your oven to 375°F.

    To build the samsas, place a single sheet of spring roll wrapper flat on your counter. Place 1 large tablespoon of the potato mixture into the bottom left hand corner of wrapper. Fold that corner into the center of the square wrapper. Then fold the salsa onto itself until it forms a neat triangular package. Place the folded salsa onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Brush both sides lightly with oil. 

  4. Fold all the samsas and place the sheet pan into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the samsas are golden brown and crispy. Serve immediately with tea and salad for a light lunch

Notes

  • We have made these samsas super easy to throw together by using spring roll wrappers, but you can make your own wrapper dough by following this recipe.  You can also use puff pastry from the grocery store. 

  • Besides brushing them with oil, you can also brush them with an egg wash to help the brown nicely and become glossy!

  • Looking for more Garam Masala recipes? Try our Afghan Chicken Pulao, our Channa Masala or our Chicken Tikka Masala recipes. Do you love tofu? Our Saag Tofu includes Garam Masala in the dish as well! 

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