Baked samosas. Can I bake frozen samosa in the oven? Can I bake samosas instead of frying them? Are baked samosas as tasty as fried? Yes. Yes. Yes/No.
Baking samosas are so easy, and tasty and can save you time, dishes and calories! In this post, I will be sharing only how to bake samosas be it fresh or frozen. For individual samosa filling recipes do check the linked posts in this article.
If you have been following me on Instagram, then you would know our love for samosas not just during Ramadan. 😁 From the days in Yanbu till today in Abu Dhabi, I always have a stash of samosas in the freezer for our weekend chai time treats. I have always deep-fried samosas so never thought of "baking" them.
Ramadan 2020 opened the doors of trying baked samosas because I have an oven and also because some of my IG followers asked if I have tried baking. So I tested a few batches and now we always bake samosas!
It took a few batches of baked samosas for us to start appreciating it because of our love for deep-frying. But tiny changes can bring some motivation in the journey to good health. right?
Why should you bake samosas?
Easy - you don't have to stand a long time to deep fry in batches and take in all the grease. You can bake a large batch in one go!
Tasty - It definitely is tasty or as tasty as your filling because baking or frying is just a way to cook the wrap. So a good wrap and a good filling will anyways give you great-tasting samosas. I found that if we don't brush the samosas generously with oil, then the wraps get crumbly. So, make sure you brush both the sides of the samosas generously with oil. But I will not say that baked tastes better than the fried version- No. The Fried version always wins.
Semi-healthy - I can't vouch for Healthy because with samosas quantity matters. You can't eat just one. If the samosas are deep-fried, then you end up eating at least three or four. But if you bake, you will feel eating five is okay. Always used switz samosa leaves or made with all-purpose flour so I can't help with the healthy wrap yet. Hopefully in future, InshaAllah.
Bonus reasons - You don't have to worry about your badly wrapped samosas that have large openings and fear frying in oil. You don't have to wonder what to do with all the oil after deep frying. Don't have to worry about washing the greasy kadai. Don't have to worry about sharing the samosas with picky eating neighbours or friends or guests. They all love the word "baked"! 🤣
These steps apply to both frozen and freshly made samosas. The samosas shown here are of my homemade Saudi Meat and Mung. If using frozen samosas, do not thaw.
Preheat the oven to 200℃. Line a tray with foil or baking paper (I almost always use foil but I had this sheet on it after baking cookies so continued with it)
Use melted ghee or any other cooking oil (I have tried sunflower oil and olive oil) to brush each fresh or frozen samosa generously on both sides. I have used my homemade frozen samosas made using store-bought leaves.
After brushing both sides, place the tray in the middle rack of the preheated oven and bake the samosas for 10 to 15 minutes or until they start to brown on the edges.
Remove the half-baked samosas from the oven and carefully turn each samosa and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes.
You may brush with some oil if you see the surface is too dry. Take the time to prepare your dip and some hot chai!
Remove baked samosas from the oven and let them cool for 2 to 3 minutes before you serve them with some ketchup and hot cuppa chai!
How to bake samosas?
- Samosas freshly made or frozen*
- cooking oil
- Preheat your oven to 200℃ hot air.
- Line a baking tray with foil or baking paper.
- Place your samosas on it and start brushing both sides of the samosa with your choice of cooking oil.
- Put the tray in the middle rack of the preheated oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until you start seeing it brown the corners of the samosas.
- Remove the tray and flip the samosas and bake again for another 10 to 15 minutes or until you see it start browning. Take the time to prepare your dip and some hot chai!
- Remove and transfer to a serving plate and serve baked samosas with any dips or ketchup and some hot cup of chai!