Last Updated on November 4, 2022 by Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD

samosa pie in a square pan being cut

I luuuurve samosas. The kind we get around here are mostly vegetarian – chunky mashed potatoes, soft peas, gentle heat from green chili, enclosed in a flakey, deep-fried pastry crust and served with a sticky-sweet chutney… serious Indian comfort food.

Sometimes we make the hike out to Vancouver’s Little India (49th & Main, if you’re local) to purchase our weight in fifty-cent samosas and eat them in the car, straight out of the greasy paper bag – pastry flaking all over our shirts, tamarind chutney dribbling down our chins, rogue peas making their way under car seats (and into bras…). And we call it dinner.

How to make Samosa Pie
cooking the onions until golden for Homemade Samosa Pie

The filling-to-(deep fried)-pastry ratio, however, isn’t really optimal for calling it a meal on a regular basis (especially if you want to get the heck back into your pre-pregnancy jeans!). And so we have my super yummy brain-child, Samosa Pie.

Stir to cook the meat
cooking the potatoes and meat

Lean ground turkey (or chicken), potatoes, peas, lots of chopped fresh cilantro, and ample spice, topped with just enough crust (puff pastry, in this case) to have a bit of buttery flavour and textural contrast with every forkful.

You can make your own mango chutney to serve alongside it, or buy a bottle. It’s actually quick and simple (and delicious!) to make while the pie bakes… and you can replace the mango with fresh peaches or plums, when they’re in season.

Transferring the samosa pie mixture to the baking pan
Cutting the steam vents

If you’d like to use homemade pastry, you could halve this recipe to make a single crust. Bake the same way, until golden brown.

Also, I have doubled the recipe and stuck one in the freezer (pastry unbaked) – it’s excellent as a cook once, eat twice meal! Just lower oven temperature by 25 degrees and bake from frozen – covered in tin foil for an hour or so first, then remove foil and continue baking until pastry is done.

Baked samosa pie

Uh oh, I think Theo’s going to baby-bomb another blog post…

Easy Samosa Pie Recipe

Samosa Pie

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Servings 4
Dinner
Indian

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tbsp ghee or butter
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lb ground chicken or turkey
  • 2 tbsp garam masala or curry powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • salt
  • 1 ½ lbs potato about 2 medium russets, diced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup green peas frozen or fresh
  • ½ cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry thawed (1/2 a 17-oz package) OR homemade single pie crust recipe

Instructions
 

  • Heat ghee or butter in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add onion and cook until golden and caramelized, about 20 minutes. Add jalapeno and garlic; cook 1 minute more.
  • Stir in ground chicken, garam masala, turmeric and 1 1/2 tsp salt. Cook until chicken is no longer pink.
  • Stir in diced potatoes and water; cover pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender, about 25 minutes. Stir in peas and cilantro. Taste, and adjust seasoning – you’ll probably need more salt.
  • Transfer mixture to a 2-quart (2 L) baking dish. Roll out pastry and place over top. Cut a few steam vents.
  • Bake at 400 degrees until crust is golden brown, about 25 minutes.
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eva bubb
eva bubb
4 years ago

omg this is an AMAZING idea! Can’t wait to make this. I’ve never commented on food blogs before but lady, you might’ve just changed my life.
and also thanks for mentioning the Punjabi market, im visiting Vancouver soon so thats going to be a must-visit.

eva bubb
eva bubb
4 years ago

omg this is an AMAZING idea! Can’t wait to make this. I’ve never commented on food blogs before but lady, you might’ve just changed my life.
and also thanks for mentioning the Punjabi market, im visiting Vancouver soon so thats going to be a must-visit.

Jennifer Pallian
4 years ago
Reply to  eva bubb

Thanks so much! It’s a favourite with people who have made it, I get a lot of messages and emails about it. Hope you enjoy.

eva bubb
eva bubb
4 years ago

omg this is an AMAZING idea! Can’t wait to make this. I’ve never commented on food blogs before but lady, you might’ve just changed my life.
and also thanks for mentioning the Punjabi market, im visiting Vancouver soon so thats going to be a must-visit.

Jennifer Pallian
4 years ago
Reply to  eva bubb

Thanks so much! It’s a favourite with people who have made it, I get a lot of messages and emails about it. Hope you enjoy.

eva bubb
eva bubb
4 years ago

omg this is an AMAZING idea! Can’t wait to make this. I’ve never commented on food blogs before but lady, you might’ve just changed my life.
and also thanks for mentioning the Punjabi market, im visiting Vancouver soon so thats going to be a must-visit.

Jennifer Pallian
4 years ago
Reply to  eva bubb

Thanks so much! It’s a favourite with people who have made it, I get a lot of messages and emails about it. Hope you enjoy.

Judy Chapman
Judy Chapman
1 year ago

5 stars
Made this Samosa Pie for dinner this evening. Easy and very tasty. Will be making this again!

Susan Stanhope
9 months ago

Oh my goodness i just barely came across this recipe and am so excited to try it. There is a store here in my city that makes fresh Samosas every day and my oldest grandson and i love to go into what i call my favorite Indian store and get them. Not to mention i really like the owners and so many products i buy there. Thank you thank you for this recipe i am going to have to try this.

Moroshka
Moroshka
7 months ago

5 stars
Such a genius recipe! So delicious and makes two sets! Love it.

Aaron
Aaron
6 months ago

I’ve been making this for years and I always enjoy it. My family loved it when I made it for them, too. Very nice with a chutney. I do make some changes to cook times, though.

I think when you add the chicken, cook it and break it up for a minute or two and then add your potatoes to boiling, salted water once this time is up. Leave potatoes in this water for five minutes (no need to bring it back to a boil; it will, though) and continue to work the chicken. When the five minutes are up, remove potatoes with a slotted spoon and transfer to chicken mixture and add the remaining ingredients. Toss to combine. and follow steps 4-5.

This shaves off about 20 minutes of cooking time and it doesn’t come out dry or anything.

This is also nice if you can bloom some cumin seed in the oil before adding the onion. Maybe some fennel seeds as well.

Scott
Scott
3 months ago

I think I’ve probably made this 20 times by now, but all but two times, we just make the “filling”, and then serve it over rice. Ha! We just got a new convection oven today, and this is the first recipe I’m cooking in it, with the puff pastry top, of course. 🙂

C K
C K
17 days ago

5 stars
Delicious! I diced the potatoes on the smaller side and didn’t have a problem with the cook time at all. Definitely follow the recipe and check if you need more salt, add suggested – I did. Even more delicious the next day! I can’t wait to make it with a gluten-free crust for my friend who’s been missing out on samosas for too long 🙂

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