Crispy Air Fryer Samosas: Guilt-Free Deliciousness

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Samosas are a beloved Indian snack enjoyed worldwide. These golden fried pockets filled with flavorful potato and pea filling are a staple of street food and celebrations. But what if you could enjoy these crispy delights without the guilt of deep-frying? Enter the air fryer! This magical kitchen appliance can create perfectly crispy samosas with a fraction of the oil.

Here’s how to make delicious air fryer samosas at home:

Air-Fryer Samosas
Air-Fryer Samosas

Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water (more if needed)
  • 2 medium potatoes, boiled and mashed
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 green chili, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped coriander leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Vegetable oil for brushing

  • Instructions:

    1. Make the Dough: In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Using your fingertips, rub the oil into the dry ingredients until it resembles coarse crumbs. Gradually add lukewarm water, a tablespoon at a time, until a soft dough forms. Knead for 5 minutes until smooth and elastic. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rest for 30 minutes.

    2. Prepare the Filling: In a pan, heat a tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Add cumin seeds and cook for a few seconds until fragrant. Add chopped onion and green chili (if using) and cook until softened.

    3. Add mashed potatoes, peas, coriander leaves, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, and salt to taste. Mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes until heated through. Let the filling cool slightly.

    4. Assemble the Samosas: Divide the dough into 12 equal balls. Roll out each ball into a thin circle. Cut each circle in half to form semi-circles. Place a spoonful of filling in the center of the straight edge of the semi-circle. Moisten the edges with water and fold over to form a cone shape, sealing the edges tightly with your fingers. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.

    5. Air Frying: Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for 5 minutes. Brush each samosa lightly with vegetable oil. Place the samosas in a single layer in the air fryer basket, leaving space between them for air circulation. Air fry for 12-15 minutes, flipping halfway through, until golden brown and crispy.

    6. Serve: Enjoy your air-fried samosas hot with your favorite dipping sauce, like chutney or yogurt.

    Nutrition Facts (per samosa):

    Calories: 200 (approx.)

  • Fat: 8g (approx.)
  • Carbohydrates: 25g (approx.)
  • Protein: 4g (approx.)

  • Note: These are approximate values and may vary depending on the ingredients used.

    Conclusion

    Air fryer samosas are a healthier and more convenient alternative to traditional deep-fried samosas. They are still crispy on the outside and flavorful on the inside, making them a perfect snack or appetizer. So next time you’re craving samosas, reach for your air fryer and enjoy these guilt-free delights!

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    1. Can I use pre-made samosa wrappers?

    Absolutely! Using pre-made wrappers saves time. You can find them in the frozen section of most grocery stores.

    2. What kind of dipping sauce goes well with air fryer samosas?

    Samosas pair well with various dipping sauces, like chutney (mint, tamarind etc.), yogurt raita, or even ketchup.

    3. Can I freeze leftover samosas?

    Yes, you can freeze leftover air-fried samosas for up to 2 months. Reheat them in the air fryer for a few minutes before serving.

    4. What if I don’t have an air fryer?

    You can bake the samosas in a preheated oven at 400°F (200°C) for 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway through, until golden brown and crispy.

    5. Can I make the samosa filling vegetarian?