Onion samosa, a deep fried/baked pastry filled with onions, poha and spices. A quick and easy evening snack and a popular street food.
Onion samosa, also known as the iranian samosa is a popular street food. You can find it in almost all roadside tea shops in South-india and here in UAE, we have it almost all cafeterias.
These cute samosas is something we love, and we get it in almost every cafeteria here and with a karak this is one fabulous evening snack
Speciality of Onion Samosa
The uniqueness of this irani samosa is the filling. The normal potato peas filling of samosas need to cooked. Whereas this onion samosa has raw onions mixed with thin rice flakes/poha along with chili and salt. The moisture in the raw onions soften the thin rice flakes and keep the filling dry in the samosa.
Though these samosas are very famous and available in every cafeteria, unfortunately for a long time,my hubby couldn’t enjoy one. Me and my friends tease him that he has got a curse, not to get his hands on Iranian samosa. Our friends make him jealous by sending a picture, every time they eat a Iranian samosa.
Poor hubby, the last time he tasted one was when we visited Global village and that was 2 years back. A very commonly availabe snack, was not reachable for him all these days.
As a good wife and a Food blogger (note this) i wanted to make it for him at home. You all should know that this a brave attempt from my side, i m a bad samosa shaper! There are times when i have made them as wraps. I watched so many videos to make them lookable and I think they have come ok!
- Flour, i have used a mix of whole wheat flour and maida, you can use maida completely.
- Ajwain seeds, adds a nice crunch and aroma to the pastry and also helps in digestion as we always tends to overdo deep-fried snacks.
- Hot oil to the flour helps in keeping the pastry crunchy and crispy for long time.
- The filling used in the samosa is raw onions mixed with poha/flattened rice flakes along with chili and salt. The moisture in the onions soften the thin rice flakes and the filling remains dry in the samosa.
How i made them
Make the dough for the samosa pastry first. You can also use store-bought samosa leaves. i prefered to make the dough at home. For the filling, mix raw onions with thin poha/rice flakes, along with chopped green chilies and salt.
Once the dough has rested for a minimum of 30 minutes, let us start shaping the samosas. Clean you work surface and dust it with flour. Divide the dough into 7-8 portions. Roll the each portion of the dough as thin as possible. you should be able to see your hand under the rolled disc
Cut the rolled disc into 2 portions. Fold the half into a inverted V seal the edges. Now you got a cone to fill in. Add 1-2 tablespoon filling and seal the edges.
Repeat the same with rest of the dough. Keep the prepared samosas on a flat plate. Once you have shaped all the samosas, deep fry them in hot oil. Keep the flame in simmer and deep fry to ensure proper frying and golden brown colored samosas.
Onion Samosa|Irani Samosa|Street Food
For the Dough
- ½ cup All purpose flour
- ½ cup whole wheat flour
- ⅛ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon ajwain/carom seeds
- ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
- 2 tablespoon hot oil
- ½ cup water + 1 tablespoon
Paste for sealing
- 2 tablespoon maida/all purpose flour
- 1 tbsp water
- 2 nos medium sized onions thinly sliced
- ¼ cup thin poha/rice flakes
- ½ teaspoon red chili powder or 2 green chilies chopped fine
- ½ teaspoon coriander powder
- ¼ teaspoon cumin powder
- ⅛ teaspoon garam masala powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt or to taste
- First let us make the dough. In a wide bowl, take both the flours, add baking soda, salt and ajwain to it. Mix well.
- Heat 2 tablespoon of oil, add that hot oil to the flour mix. Now knead this oil into the flour mix, until it resembles bread crumbs.
- Now slowly add water and knead it to a soft dough. Keep the dough covered with a wet kitchen towel and let it rest for 30 minutes minimum.
- While the dough is resting, let us make the filling. In a wide bowl, mix all the ingredients given under filling and toss it well. The moisture in the onions will soften the poha.
- You can add green chiliesto the filling, but since my kiddos will be eating this I avoided them, if youdon’t mind pls add chilies and omit the chili powder
Let us make the samosa
- Mix the flour and water given under "Sealing ingredients" and keep it handy for shaping the samosas.
- Now once everything isready and the dough is well rested, now let us start making thesamosas. Knead the dough again and divide them into 7-8 portions
- Dust your working surface with flour and Roll a portion of dough to 15-16 Cms in diameter. The dough should be rolled thin, u should be able to see your hand under the rolled disc.
- Cut the rolled disc into two halves. shape the halves into an inverted V. Seal the edges
- Now you have the cone shape, add 1-2 tablespoon of filling intot the cone and seal the edge with flour & Water paste
- Repeat the same with rest of the dough. Keep the prepared samosas on a flat plate.
Let us fry
- Now let us get to frying. Heat oil in a pan, when it is hot, that is when you drop a price of dough it should sizzle and come up.
- Slowly slide 2-3 samosa ata time and deep fry them on both sides until golden brown
- Remove them using a slotted spoon onto a paper towel. Serve them hot with some chai
I m not a Doctor or a Nutritionist The Nutrition information provided above comes from the plugin and is only an estimate.
Serve the samosas with a cup of hot chai for a lovely evening snack. We love to enjoy these munchies on a relaxed weekend. These samosas make a great party food. They can be shaped ahead and frozen and be fried on the day of party.
If you are worried about the calories of deep-frying, you can also air-fry or bake them. Though i have not personally tried baking them, will update once i try it.
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The shapes are looking perfect Priya… I like it this way… yummy samosas and same pinch and am combining my everyday cooking to complete week 4. 😉
Omg, how crispy those samosas looks, and who can resist to this incredible beauties. Even my mouth is watering here. Lucky hubby to get this beauties to munch finally he can enjoy now.
My favorite samosa and i like them more than potato samosa. You have shaped them way better than me :- ) and it looks so yum!!! Lol, your hubby experience with these samosa.
Lovely looking onion samosa Priya. So glad that your husband was able to taste it. You have made them perfectly at home too.
My husband can vouch for these Iranian samosas as he has fond memories of enjoying them during his growing up years. You seem to have perfected the recipe.
These are my absolute favorite and i cant stop munching with just one samosa. With tea they are complete for me!!
The samosas are perfect Priya. I love samosa and especially the onion ones. Just now finished drooling over Vaishali's post and now it is your turn to tempt me.
So crispy, brown and perfect! They look so good!
I have not eaten samosa in a really long time. This is taking me back memories. Love the sound of onions in this. I would use red onions because they are my favorite. Love how sweet cook. Can't wait to try this.
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Well all you have to say is SAMOSA and you can count me in. I LOVE ALL kinds. Have never attempted to make them at home, but I sure enjoy eating them. These look delicious.
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I've never tasted them before but by looking at the ingredients they would be a something we'd love. Fried foods? Yes! Spicy? Yes!! The Samosa qualify for what we love in a dish. Will give this a try.
This samosa looks delicious anything with onion and crispy crust I can eat every day. I need good cup of coffee or tea to finish that.
I've run into similar issues as you with getting the shape of some foods right. But hey, as long as it tastes good that's what really matters! I'm a sucker for anything fried, and these look divine
This is such a fun filling for the samosa. Never heard of using poha inside. Guess that will help in absorbing the moisture from the onions. You have shaped them so beautifully. I also have samosa in the list and will be coming soon 🙂
These look marvelous! I love the crispy exterior and the filling sounds delicious!
Super stuff priya !3 samosa
Priya, the shape looks perfect to me and the samosas are really calling me!…anyway when it comes to samosa, who cares how it is shaped!..I would love it however you give me!
I am yet to try the onion stuffing in samosas but seeing yours samosa, I guess I should try it asap. Looks so tempting.
Perfectly made samosas, Priya. Want to grab some from my monitor.
You have perfected the shape Priya! Super! And interesting use of Poha in this recipe. We get this samosa in the nearby bakery and even the kids school canteen .So most of the time we eat those. I bet home made ones are much better,but sometimes, laziness creeps in :). Enjoyed reading your post Priya
Samosa is a snack we can never say NO to.It is a perfect jodi with masala chai. I like your recipe as you have used half maida half wheat flour.
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These samosas are making me hungry now. Lovely, crisp samosa, must try your version sometime.
I’ve always wondered how onion samosa are prepared as I always thought that they would become too watery. Now I know the trick because of your detailed recipe… poha! A must try recipe to enjoy different kind of filling.
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I have never tried onion samosa before but so different with the poha. Makes them more filling and delicious too!
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