Samosas

  • 20MINS
  • 25MINS
  • 147KCAL

An Indian takeaway just isn’t the same without those little extras. Samosas, Bhajis, Pakoras and the like. But as with most takeaways, they aren’t very slimming friendly. So we came up with these Samosas.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories147
  • Carbs31g
  • Protein5g
  • Fat1g
  • Saturates0.1g
  • Sugars3g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

We love an Indian takeaway, but it’s just not the same without those little extra sides. These Samosas are a slimming friendly alternative to the calorific dishes that you can find in your local takeaway.

This recipe uses filo which is a great alternative to other pastries as it really reduces the number of calories. It’s important to work quickly when using filo pastry as otherwise it may dry out and be unworkable – speed is of the essence!

We love these Samosas served alongside a beautifully rich, creamy curry but they also work really well as part of a buffet.

What diets are these Samosas suitable for?

This Samosas recipe is suitable for vegetarian diets.

It can be made gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;

  • Filo pastry

This recipe should also be vegan and dairy free, but this does depend on the following ingredients;

  • Filo pastry (most brands are vegan, but please double check as ingredients can vary)

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Samosas recipe?

  • You need to count 2 Points per portion of this Samosas recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 2 Points per portion of this Samosas recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 1 Point per portion of this Samosas recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make these Samosas?

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How many calories are in these Samosas?

There are 147 calories per portion in these Samosas, which means that they fall into our Everyday Light category.

These Samosas are perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fit well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Cook the potatoes in the microwave until they are soft and cook the peas in some boiling salted water.

Step 2

Peel the cooked potatoes and cut them into a rough dice.

Step 3

Spray a frying pan with some Frylight, then sauté the onions, garlic, ginger and all of the spices until the onion is cooked.

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Step 4

Stir in the potato and drained peas and cook for a minute or two, then mash roughly with a spoon.

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Step 5

If the mix looks very dry add a little of the water that you cooked the peas in. Taste and season if necessary.

Step 6

Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

Step 7

Line a oven tray with baking parchment and preheat the oven to 180°C.

Step 8

Take each sheet of filo and cut it in half length ways.

Step 9

Spray the filo with some butter Frylight, making sure you get the edges.

Step 10

Place a spoonful of the potato mix at the bottom of the length of filo. Fold the filo diagonally to enclose the filling. Press down on the edge of the filo and fold diagonally again.

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Step 11

Repeat until you reach the end of the filo. You should have a triangular parcel.

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Step 12

Place the parcel seam side down on the baking parchment. Then make up the remaining 3 samosas.

Step 13

Spray each samosa with Butter Frylight and cook for 20 minutes or until they are golden brown. Turn halfway through cooking so they crisp up evenly. Alternatively you could place then on a wire rack so they cook evenly.

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What could I serve with these Samosas?

These Samosas work really well when served for dinner alongside any of the following Indian dishes:

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How do you know when these Samosas are cooked?

You’ll need to bake these Samosas for around 20 minutes or until they’re golden brown.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep these Samosas in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of these Samosas in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze these Samosas?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat these Samosas?

From chilled: Pop them in a moderately hot oven and heat until piping hot throughout. This should take around 20 – 25 minutes, but do keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t burn!

From frozen: Allow to defrost, then as above.

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Samosas

An Indian takeaway just isn’t the same without those little extras. Samosas, Bhajis, Pakoras and the like. But as with most takeaways, they aren’t very slimming friendly. So we came up with these Samosas.
  • Prep Time
    20 MINS
  • Cook Time
    25 MINS
  • KCals 147
  • Carbs 31G
WW Points
  • 2 Green
  • 2 Blue
  • 1 Purple

Ingredients

  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 75 g frozen peas
  • 2 20g sheets filo pastry
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger finely chopped
  • 1 good pinch chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala
  • low calorie cooking spray
  • sea salt to taste

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Instructions

  1. Cook the potatoes in the microwave until they are soft and cook the peas in some boiling salted water.
  2. Peel the cooked potatoes and cut them into a rough dice.
  3. Spray a frying pan with some low calorie cooking spray, then sauté the onions, garlic, ginger and all of the spices until the onion is cooked.
  4. Stir in the potato and drained peas and cook for a minute or two, then mash roughly with a spoon.
  5. If the mix looks very dry, add a little of the water that you cooked the peas in. Taste and season if necessary.
  6. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  7. Line an oven tray with baking parchment and preheat the oven to 180°C.
  8. Take each sheet of filo and cut it in half length ways.
  9. Spray the filo with some butter low calorie cooking spray, making sure you get the edges.
  10. Place a spoonful of the potato mix at the bottom of the length of filo. Fold the filo diagonally to enclose the filling. Press down on the edge of the filo and fold diagonally again.
  11. Repeat until you reach the end of the filo. You should have a triangular parcel.
  12. Place the parcel seam side down on the baking parchment. Then make up the remaining 3 samosas.
  13. Spray each samosa with low calorie cooking spray and cook for 20 minutes or until they are golden brown. Turn halfway through cooking so they crisp up evenly.Alternatively you could place them on a wire rack so they cook evenly.

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ZannaThursday 2nd July 2020

How long do I need to microwave the potatoes please?

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    HollyThursday 2nd July 2020

    Hi Zanna, give the potatoes a stab and microwave them for a couple of minutes, if they need longer pop them in again it all depends on the wattage of your microwave. You just want them to soften as they will continue to cook in the pan and then in the oven. Hope that helps!

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KrisMonday 24th February 2020

Is there a way to make a meat version that’s still low on the calories?

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    LisaTuesday 2nd June 2020

    Hi Kris. We don’t have a recipe for meat samosas at present, but you could adapt this recipe and replace some of the potato and peas with extra lean beef or turkey mince. Let us know if you try it!

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CarolineTuesday 11th February 2020

Could you freeze these before cooking?

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    Holly LevellTuesday 12th May 2020

    Hi Caroline, this recipe can be frozen but it’s best to cook and freeze when it’s cool enough. Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

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Sasha`Wednesday 31st July 2019

Hi there.

I want to make them at least 2 weeks before serving them at at dinner party. How long would I heat them for if they’ve been frozen?

Thanks.

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    Emma TTuesday 24th September 2019

    Hi Sasha,

    You should thaw and then reheat in a moderately hot oven for around 20-25 minutes. Just keep an eye on them so they don’t burn ????

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MargaretThursday 19th October 2017

Made samosas today absolutely heaven will make these again for sure

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Sue BentSunday 13th August 2017

What temperature in a gas oven please?? Xx

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LisaMonday 24th July 2017

I made these and so easily, for a group of very hungry, fussy ( weight conscious) teens… And they loved them…they thought I’d bought them from the supermarket. Which to be fair, is a compliment on my cooking! ????

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    Emma TMonday 11th September 2017

    Hi Lisa,

    So glad you all enjoyed them!

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SueMonday 10th July 2017

These are brilliantxx

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FayeFriday 10th February 2017

Hi, can you make these ahead and freeze? Could you then cook from frozen or would you have to defrost first? (Obviously if using stuff that hasn’t previously been frozen) thanks x

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    KateFriday 10th February 2017

    Hi Faye
    We’ve no tried freezing them but you could probably cook them from frozen, as long as they aren’t too big. Defrosting them first should be fine too

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ChristineSaturday 4th February 2017

Could you make and freeze these

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    KaySaturday 11th February 2017

    You could! Just freeze them once they’re assembled ????

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LizSaturday 21st January 2017

Can u add cooked chicken to them

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    KateSaturday 21st January 2017

    Hi Liz
    Yes you can. You could probably add whatever you fancy really

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Gemma DunnWednesday 7th December 2016

Hi. Are these suitable to make and bake the day before and reheat in the oven on the day of use?

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    KayWednesday 7th December 2016

    You most certainly can x

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EmmaThursday 24th November 2016

These are amazing – I would say, don’t make the potatoes and peas etc up too much. Made them for my sisters party, went down so well make over 20 and they all went and everyone raved about them!

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