Paleo Samosa

PALEO SAMOSA. OH YEAH.

PALEO SAMOSA. OH YEAH.

When you decided to go on the paleo diet, did you think you were saying goodbye to samosas forever? Well, guess what. It’s time to say hello again.

Why, hello samosa. Oh, excuse me. Why, hello paleo samosa.

Aren’t they beautiful? So crispy and golden and… triangular. These savory little pockets of dough are filled with a traditional spicy mixture of potatoes and peas. (If you don’t eat white potatoes, use sweet potatoes instead. If you don’t eat peas, you can leave them out).

These paleo samosas are so easy to make. In fact, they’re easier to make than regular samosas. If you can make my 3-ingredient paleo naan, then I assure you, you can make this. That’s because these samosas are made with the same naan batter. It turns out that when you bake paleo naan – it turns into something crispy and flaky and oh so tasty.

To make these samosas, first make the paleo naan batter by combining tapioca flour, almond flour and canned coconut milk. Then make 2-3 naans (depending on how large you want your samosas). Let your naan cook long enough so that you can easily move the flat bread from your frying pan onto a baking sheet. The bread will still look a little raw, but don’t worry – it will finish cooking in the oven.

Once you have your naan on a baking sheet, cut it in half. Then add a spoonful of your filling in the middle.

cut samosa in half. add filling to middle of each piece.

cut naan in half. add filling to middle of each piece.

Next, fold one side of your bread over the filling and then fold the other flap – creating a triangle. Pinch the bottom closed.

fold one flap over, then the other - creating a triangle or cone shape.

fold one flap over, then the other – creating a triangle or cone shape.

You can use egg wash to help keep the edges sealed; I also suggest brushing egg wash on top to help you achieve a pretty golden crust. If you don’t eat egg, use ghee or another oil instead. Bake the paleo samosas for 30-40 minutes or until crispy. If you need to flip the samosa over, do so (I didn’t).

You can also try frying these – I’m sure they’ll be delicious. Have you ever had something fried that wasn’t delicious? Exactly. I just think baking is easier. If/when I fry them, I’ll update this post to let you know how it goes.

Add whatever filling you’d like to these lovely samosas. If you prefer meat – I highly suggest making my incredible paleo empanadas.  For more awesome recipes check out my Facebook Page – you’ll get a free eBook if ya like me!

Eat these samosas with my sweet and spicy green chutney while sipping on some masala chai. Ahhhhh. This reminds me of my life before paleo – only now, I feel awesome after eating one or two (or six) of these incredibly delicious treats.

Paleo Samosa
 
Ingredients
Instructions
To make Samosas:
  1. In a bowl, combine samosa crust ingredients to form a batter.
  2. Pour a third of the batter onto a frying pan and cook until the bottom firms slightly, then remove and place on a baking sheet.
  3. Cut the naan/pancake in half and spoon the filling mixture in the middle of each piece (see pictures above).
  4. Fold one side of bread over the filling and then fold the other flap over - making a cone or triangular shape. Pinch the bottom closed.
  5. Place baking sheet in oven at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until crispy outside.
To make Filling
  1. Boil potatoes and peas (boil them separately) and set aside when done.
  2. In a saute pan on medium heat, add ghee and cumin seeds.
  3. Once the cumin seeds turn golden, add green chilies, onions and a pinch of salt - stir-fry until onions turn translucent.
  4. Then add ginger, spices and stir-fry for a minute or so before adding the mashed potatoes - combine well.
  5. Fold in peas and cilantro then set the mixture aside until you’re ready for it.
Notes
you'll have some extra filling. you can either:
a) make more batter for samosas
b) eat it with naan
c) eat the filling on its own
d) all of the above

Comments

  1. Lisa says

    Thanks so much for the recipe! I am a new reader and just tried your paleo naan last night. My boyfriend and I loved it! I am excited to try your other Indian recipes, as we love Indian food but can’t eat gluten or dairy. Thanks again!

  2. Joe Rogers says

    Hi I was wondering if you had any ideas of what we could stuff these with so that they could be made into a sweet treat. How would I go about using fruit or a pie feeling that is paleo, my partner is having a really hard time with no sweets and we keep going over for custards, which leave both of us feeling like poop.

    • says

      Hi Joe! You should be able to stuff these samosas with anything: chopped dates, raisins, pistachios and honey, dairy-free chocolate chips, jam, fresh fruit – whatever filling you’d like. Just put the filling in the center and fold. You can also try making a dessert empanada – it may be easier than folding the samosa: http://myheartbeets.com/paleo-empanada/ Please let me know if this helps you and let me know what you decide to make! If you’re looking for other dessert ideas, search my site for spaghetti squash kheer and carrot fudge.

  3. Aimee Jongejan says

    I TOTALLY want to make these but hubby has a nut allergy and we aren’t brave enough to test out almond flour to see if he can tolerate it. Do you have any suggestions for a good almond flour substitute as I see most paleo baked foods have almond flour in it?

    • says

      Hi Aimee! I am currently working on a nut-free naan recipe and once I make a couple tweaks, I will try to make my paleo samosa and paleo empanadas with it. Have you subscribed to my newsletter? I’ll send out an update once I do all of this.

  4. says

    These look just awesome! I’m going to try them with a bit of ground meat added to the base (I love the beef and lamb samosas at this local samosa shop in N-E Toronto)… Any thoughts on making some kind of dipping sauce? Your paleo naan was just awesome, btw. Perfect with shwarma chicken and zucchini hummus….

  5. Tamie says

    My son had nut allergies. I’d love to try this but cannot use any kind of nut flour. What would be a good substitute?

  6. Sharman says

    I signed up for your emails and can’t wait til you find a great substitute for the Almond flour so I can make these for my kids to take to school!!

  7. suzy says

    yup, the paleo naan was fantastic….I’m not a big fan of samosas but the pic made me think of onion and cabbage perogies!….or cheese and potato if you eat those…

  8. Shuruq says

    Hi! I was wondering if you’ve ever frozen your naan or recipes with naan -like the samosas. I’m curious if I make them and freeze them, will they thaw and bake well? Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Shuruq! I normally just make the naan and eat it the same day. I have kept the empanadas and samosas in the fridge for a night and then put them in my little toaster oven the next day and I thought they were almost just as good. I’m not sure about how they’d hold up if frozen though. If I try, I’ll let ya know :)

  9. says

    Ashley, I LOVE THESE!!!! Thank you so much for this recipe! I made another paleo pancake recipe tonight and it just fell apart. Yours is FANTASTIC! I can’t thank you enough. These are SO GOOD!!! I am going to tweet about you. I added cooked quinoa and sauteed spinach and mushrooms to the filling. I also added sharp cheddar to the filling to one of the samosas. It is ALL so good! Thank you for a delicious start to my new year. :-) Thanks again for sharing. One more note, I found mashed sweet potatoes in the freezer at Trader Joe’s. It makes it so easy to use them for this recipe.

    • says

      Hi Susan! I’m SO glad you love the recipe – thank you so much for the comment!! And, I totally appreciate you tweeting about me :) All of those fillings sound absolutely delicious – I will have to look for the mashed sweet potatoes. I hope you’ll let me know if you try any other recipes on my blog!

  10. says

    This is so great!! I LOVE Indian cuisine and I can’t wait to make these. I’m also loving that there’s coconut milk in the naan recipe. Thanks for sharing :)

    Elise :)

  11. says

    Well… you just blew my mind. I love Indian food. I’ve made a naan recipe before gluten free, but it was way more complicated (yeasted, used yogurt, etc). I’m very excited to try yours. :) And congrats on the tweet from Udis! (that’s how I found this recipe!)

    • says

      Hi Ashley, thanks for the comment! Happy to hear you love Indian food :) I hope you like the gluten-free naan recipe as well as this samosa recipe. Let me know how it turns out for you!

  12. says

    Thankyou for sharing this meal, so delicious. I put a table spoon of coconut flour in the mix and brushed them with a little coconut oil before putting them in the oven for a different flavour and they were yummy :)

  13. Heather says

    I have been craving some good Indian food. I was able to be fortunate enough to be in Kerala for a few weeks a few years ago and fell in love with their food and their flaky delicious parathas. I found an awesome Indian market today that had frozen samosas and parathas and that made me crave some. I found your recipe on Google and have used some of your recipes in the past and was so very happy to find these! I can not wait to try these! Thanks for coming up with these paleo versions of these wonderful recipes and sharing them. :) I really need to subscribe to your site! Hope you have a wonderful day!

    • says

      Hi Heather! I’m so glad you found my blog :) I haven’t been to Kerala yet but I’m looking forward to visiting with my husband someday soon – I’ve heard its absolutely beautiful. I hope you love the samosa recipe! Please let me know how they turn out for you. By the way, you can subscribe to my newsletter here: http://bit.ly/MHBnewsletter

  14. Jac says

    I am so ecstatic I think I am going to have a stroke!!! These are AMAZING! Even my staunch counter-Paleo husband loved them! We are massive Indian lovers and I thought my time in the sun was over. Weeeeeee! The naan was delectable as well. The only thing I changed was I used cubed turnip and celeriac instead of potato as I’m trying to limit carbs, tapioca not being exactly low carb, but still lower due to its light weight than wheat flour. Happy, happy, joy, joy! You deserve a Nobel prize!!!!!

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