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Samosa Recipe

Updated on February 8, 2015

Recipes for Samosa and Samosa Dough

Many people enjoy eating samosa, and it's not at all difficult to make yourself. In some countries they are prepared in a little different way and called empanada, pirogi, pie or spring-rolls. Some people prefer baking them in the oven, but traditionally samosas are deep-fried. See how to make samosa dough and get a choice of fillings. Enjoy!

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How to Make Samosa

Easy Samosas

Take a piece of dough and roll it out with some flour on your table or other flat place. Cover the rest of the dough with a towel, this prevents it from drying out. If you have only one rolling-pin, your kids can use empty plastic bottles to roll with (or like us- I end up with the bottle and they with the rolling-pin..)

samosa dough
samosa dough

It is not difficult at all to make a samosa dough. But if you are not into making doughs, just buy one. Filo dough or wonton wrappers can be used. You can also ask in your local Asian store if they have something suitable. You can prepare a large batch, divide it and keep some in the freezer. When needed, just defrost them while you prepare the filling.

Serving Size

Serves: 15-20 samosas


  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp water


  1. Mix flour and salt, rub in the oil and add water slowly to make the dough.The more fat you add, the crispier the end-result will be. The dough should not be sticky. All of this can be done in a food-processor. You can use the knives first, then change to the dough-hook. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes.
  2. We do it without any grease many times, since it's deep-fried in oil we feel it gets a bit too much fat. This will produce a soft, chewy kind of samosa. Some people use baking-powder or self-raising flour, that's optional. It is good to let the dough rest for about half an hour before starting (cover it with a towel).
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Different Flour for Samosa Pastry - DIY Samosa

If you like to use glutenfree flour, unbleeched or any other kind, there's not problem. You might have to adjust the recipe a bit, but the result will be great.

How to Make Samosa Shape

Simple Samosa Recipe for Kids

Here we are doing round shapes with a mug, using each round separately. You can also make a bit larger rounds, cut them in half, and make small cones for the filling. An option is to cut the dough in long rectangles and fold the dough over the filling making a triangular shape. If you scroll down, you'll see step by step pictures of how to fold the samosas.

Cookie Cutter - Easiest Samosa

Wilton Comfort Grip Round Cookie Cutter
Wilton Comfort Grip Round Cookie Cutter

A cookie cutter like this is also great to use for making these easy samosas.


It is most important to pick a filling you like.

Here are several choices that are easy to make and great tasting.

easy samosa recipe
easy samosa recipe

Easy Samosa Filling - Samoosa Stuffing

Now the filling...we could probably fill a whole book with different fillings. Basically- use your imagination. Whatever you like eating, will taste good. Need some inspiration? OK!

  • As a base for all the fried fillings, first fry a chopped onion in a little oil, add garlic and then the other ingredients.
  • Fry ground beef with your onion-base. Add some cumin, salt and pepper. Then add some water and let it boil together until ready. Instead of cumin, you can use garam masala, curry , cinnamon or coriander.
  • Add lentils to the base. Fry together a little bit, then add water or stock. Let it boil until liquid has evaporated and the lentils are soft. A bit of chopped parsley will add good flavour to this filling.
  • This is a no-fry filling. Cut boiled potatoes in small pieces, mix with raw, chopped onion and chillies. Fresh chillies cut in small pieces is best, but if not available, the dry ones will do.
  • This one is simple, but appreciated by younger ones. Simply mix boiled potatoes with cheese, adding a little salt and pepper.
  • Add potatoes cut in small cubes to your onion-base, fry together with some curry or garam masala. If needed, add some water and let it boil until potatoes are soft.
  • This one is good for smaller samosas, a real finger-food. Mix cheese and chopped onion. Feta cheese is great to use, but any cheese you like will do.
  • I am a great fan of fresh chilies, cut them in small pieces and mix with chopped onion(raw). The onion gets soft and sweet when deep-fried, don't worry.
  • Kale or spinach is great in samosa. Lightly boil it first, then chop it and mix either with boiled potatoes or fry it together with your onion-base.

Onion and Garlic

In most of the fillings, onions and garlic play a part. They are good both cooked and raw. Most cuisines in the world use them as a base. But why not experiment and combine whatever flavors you like!? That is how fantastic recipes are born.

How To Fold a Samosa Simple

They might look like this.

We have just pinched the edges and folded them, pinching them again so they don't open in the pan. Another way of doing it is by using a kind of glue, flour mixed with a little water. Brush the edges with your 'glue' and close them. Great for the cone-shaped samosas.

Samosa Glue

Mix a tablespoon of flour with a little bit of water into a paste. Use this to "glue" the sides of the samosa together. An option is to brush a bit of water on the samosa before closing it.

Triangle Shaped Samosa

Cone Shaped Samosa

Different ways of folding samosa. A bit depends on how much pastry you wish to eat, the triangular samosa has more pastry, while the cone-shaped has less.

Don't Give Up!

Making Samosa

Depending on the size of your frying-pan it is usually best to prepare most of them beforehand. We keep them on non-stick baking-paper until it is time to fry them. You might want to cover them with a towel here too.

If you don't have time to finish all the dough, put it in a plastic bag and keep it in the fridge. It will be good another day. Take it out of the fridge some time before you want to use it, then it's easier to roll it.

Cutting out strips for the other kind

Put the filling in one corner

Fold the corner over to form a triangle

Keep on folding down, always keeping the triangle shape

Ready to be sealed!

Samosa Cutter

Kuchenprofi Ravioli/Pierogi/Dumpling Maker
Kuchenprofi Ravioli/Pierogi/Dumpling Maker

This is a mold for cutting pasta, dumplings- and samosa. No fuss, great for sealing the edges after you put the filling.


Deep Frying Samosa

Sambusa is Another Name for Samosa

Make sure the oil is hot enough before you put in the samosa, otherwise they'll suck up a lot of oil. The oil should be medium-hot, you don't want them to get too much color before they are fried through. Always keep a lid close-by, in case of emergency.

This part is good to do with the children busy rolling out the dough, far away from the stove. Fry them a couple of minutes on both sides until they are a golden color. If the oil is not hot enough, they will be a bit pale. Still tasty, but they look better when golden brown.


It is easier and less messy if you use a deep-fryer, especially when preparing many samosas for a party.

Removing the Fat

Put them on kitchen-paper to drain off excess fat. Transfer to another dish.Since this is part of doing things together as a family, some of ours have funny shapes. But they taste the same. In fact, it is good to involve the kids, then you can blame them if it doesn't look too good..

These look a little different


Enjoy Your Samosa

Samosa is often served with ketchup or tomato sauce. It's also very tasty to dip it in chutney, sweet or spicy. If you like pickles, by all means try that. Raw vegetables make for a nice dip-plate, especially cucumber and carrots.

Picture by bawa-hrishikesh

Make a circle and cut in half

Seal the straight side, using some water

Different ways of making samosa - Making samosas video

Give It a Try

As you have seen, it is not too difficult to make samosa. It depends a bit on you, how you want them to be. Try different ways and fillings, find out which one is your favorite. For sure it will be something delicious!

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      3 years ago

      A little rationality lifts the quality of the debate here. Thanks for cotniibunrtg!

    • Richard1988 profile image


      4 years ago from Hampshire - England

      These look so good! Everyone loves samosas!

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      4 years ago

      sounds delicious, thanks for the recipe :)

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      kevkev227 lm 

      5 years ago

      Love samosas...thanks for sharing :)

    • Glenn143 profile image


      5 years ago

      Back in my country Samosa's are sold at every corner. You have inspired me through this lens to start a samosa lens of my own :)

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      5 years ago

      Going to try tonight. Looks delicious.

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      sukkran trichy 

      5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      i love samosa. it is a very great partner to a cup of chai (tea).

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      5 years ago

      These look delicious.

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      Melissa Miotke 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      I don't believe I've ever tried a samosa but I would like to. Very clear instructions and you definitely make it sound enticing:)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      5 years ago from Ljubljana

      This looks very similar to famous local specialty in our country. Of course filling is a bit different, but the idea and procedure are basically the same. It can be time consuming, although great fun if you do it in company. Worth a try:)


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      SandraWilson LM 

      5 years ago

      I've never had a samosa like what you have provided here. Where I'm from an empanada is fruit filled and a dessert though I have heard of meat ones. Never had one though. This is very interesting.

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      5 years ago

      I love samosa with green chutney!!! Yummy!

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      Gregory Moore 

      5 years ago from Louisville, KY

      These look delicious!

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      Linda Jo Martin 

      5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Thanks for all the samosa ideas... I want to try this!

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      5 years ago

      It just looks so yummy. :)

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      5 years ago

      I'm going to try now to make them myself. Thanks for all the valuable information.

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      kabbalah lm 

      5 years ago

      Sounds delicious. We will give it a try

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      5 years ago

      really neat lens...thanks!

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      Judith Nazarewicz 

      5 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      Great lens! I love samosa and these look so delicious!

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      5 years ago

      Very good lens.

      I like hot samosa

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      5 years ago from Canada

      I have only had samosas twice. I bet homemade ones are pretty tasty.

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      5 years ago

      Ive never tried, but my watering mouth indicates I will be soon! :-D Thank you for this lens!

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      5 years ago

      wow!!! what a great lens. i like hot samosa :))) thumbs up for your lens

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      5 years ago

      These look so delicious!

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      5 years ago

      Super eay samosa is really a wonderful recipe, I love samosas. Congrats for your purple star.

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      5 years ago

      I've never made samosas before. I love that you have so many suggestions for the fillings - it sounds like it's easy to customize the filling to my preference.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 

      5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      I ate Samosas for lunch today! (but...ahem..they were frozen). I used to make them and you've inspired me to do so again. It is pretty easy. Thanks

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      5 years ago

      These look delicious. Will have to try the recipe. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2013. Hugs

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for liking my Review on the Len Foote Hike Inn. My mouth is watering after reading this. Never tried making Samosas before but I might be brave enough now. Great lens!

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      5 years ago

      Samosas for me, very nicely laid out lens.

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      5 years ago

      I wonder how many of these I will have to eat to be full. LOL Nice lens.

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      5 years ago

      Samosa is my favorite dish.Great Lens.

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      5 years ago

      @aesta1: Me too!

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      Mary Norton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I can eat several of these easily.

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      5 years ago

      I really want to taste one now! Can't these lenses somehow provide samples? :-)

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      5 years ago

      I have to stop reading these recipe pages. They are making me hungry. I really have to try this one. Thank you!

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      Ken McVay 

      5 years ago from Nanaimo, British Columbia

      Nicely done! I love Samosas, which are made locally here by an Indian family restaurant.

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      5 years ago

      I really enjoy them they are so tasty.

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      5 years ago

      I've never tried samosa before but it looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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      5 years ago

      I enjoyed this very much. Awesome lens!

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      5 years ago

      This is very good information, I like it, thank you for sharing. :)

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      askformore lm 

      5 years ago

      I love samosas, but I have never made them myself. Thank you for the recipe with fine illustrations.

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      5 years ago

      Ya i make them occasionally at home everyone loves it

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      cjbmeb14 lm 

      5 years ago

      Great recipe that you made look easy.

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      5 years ago

      I had them once and loved them. You make it look easy and I will have to try it.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      I had no idea that there were so many recipes for samosa but you covered all the aspects of this delicious food wonderfully. I had never seen the triangular folding of the dough for samosa but it makes so much sense when you see it. Love this recipe article. You did such a great job on it.

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      tfsherman lm 

      5 years ago

      Yum! Your pictures and your lens are making me hungry. This is a truly gorgeous lens. Great techniques!

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      5 years ago

      great lens. I like it!

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      5 years ago

      Yummy Lens. My favourite samosa filling is potatoes and cauliflower

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      5 years ago

      I simply love Samosa, my favorite Indian starter, have never made it though, but now i have no excuse!

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      5 years ago from British Columbia

      I guess it's time I tried making samosa! Your directions seem really easy to follow.

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      C A Chancellor 

      6 years ago from US/TN

      These look really yummy!

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      6 years ago

      Excellent. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

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      marijahorvat lm 

      6 years ago

      Lovely recipes. And a great lens.

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      6 years ago

      I truly appreciate your lens. I like Samosa!

    • Jogalog profile image


      6 years ago

      I make samosas with filo pastry and bake them in the oven. I love them,especially vegetarian ones.

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      6 years ago

      Never tried making them myself, they look great though!

    • VspaBotanicals profile image


      6 years ago

      This recipe sounds wonderful. I'm going to give it a try. Great lens!

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      rawwwwwws lm 

      6 years ago

      Yum. It's around lunch time and your lens just made me hungry!

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for stopping to look at my lenses

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      6 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Yes, I like Samosa

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      6 years ago

      great lens

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      6 years ago

      This has gotten me very hungry. I'll have to try it. Looks good!

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      bilafond lm 

      6 years ago

      And with 'chutney'. Good lens

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      6 years ago

      great tips

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      6 years ago

      Cheers! I make empanadas any chance I get

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      Echo Phoenix 

      6 years ago

      Yummy lens:) cannot wait to try your recipe and suggestions...

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      6 years ago

      Great ideas...will try out

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      6 years ago

      Popping back in to sprinkle so Angel Dust on these tasty treats.

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      SecondHandJoe LM 

      6 years ago

      You had me at samosa! I wouldn't change a thing about this lens- all the ingredients are perfect!

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      6 years ago

      I would love to try it out.

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      DIY Mary 

      6 years ago

      Your samosa recipes look really yummy!

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      6 years ago

      It looks yummy. Thanks for your super easy samosa recipe.

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      Lisa Morris 

      6 years ago

      Wow your super easy samosa looks really yummy.

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      6 years ago

      Neat! Look wonderful...

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      davenjilli lm 

      6 years ago

      I am certainly going to give these a go..wonderful lens you totally deserved the purple star. I nominated you for LOtD and extra blessings (if that were possible) Magnificent job-standing on my chair clapping.

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      6 years ago

      so glad to find this easy samosa recipe, I think I shall be making these in for tomorrow.

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      6 years ago

      You just have to love anything that is "super easy".

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      6 years ago

      Didn't really know what they were - but your page surely makes it clear. I would highlight the fillings more than you did though = you have lots of ideas there, but they are not very noticeable at first glance. I have never made them, but might try. Looks Yummy ! *Early Am Angel Dust *

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      6 years ago

      Regardless of what you call these, they look delicious. This will be fun to make with the kids. I can't wait to see what they'll want to put in here.

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      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      Back to pass this on to my folks at Facebook and sprinkle some angel dust over the lens. I am gong to see if I can get my son to cook these with me - this is the kind of thing he can make at college besides frozen pizzas.

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      6 years ago

      Simple and tasty are my favorite kind of recipes. Thanks for sharing this one - with all the great images! :)

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      6 years ago

      Samosas are so yummy! We actually have them at Christmas!! What a great idea for getting kids to make them- will have to try that out with my little guy who loves cooking!

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      6 years ago

      Looks really yummy!!! :)

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      6 years ago

      I wanted to reach in and eat one :O) yum

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      6 years ago

      I see a meal for the weekend. Thanks for a great lens.

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      Michey LM 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for recipes, it is easy to follow them and well presented, Thanks

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      Ronald Tucker 

      6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Variety is indeed the spice of life. Samosas are the ideal comfort food.

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      6 years ago

      You make these look tasty and easy to make.

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      6 years ago

      nice lens!

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      laporter79 lm 

      6 years ago

      Im on it tomorrow! Thanks

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      6 years ago

      What a mouth watery snack! Terrific lens. :)

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      Risteard O'Marcahain 

      6 years ago from Wales

      this is a great lens thank you

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      6 years ago

      I really like like samosas but I only ever eat them when I go to Indian restaurants as I never knew how to make them, until now of course.

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      6 years ago

      Great Lens. Enjoyed reading it, and prepared myself for some delicious delicacies. Thanks for sharing.

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      E L Seaton 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      This is torture. Must have snacks soon!

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      6 years ago

      It looks great thank you for posting! thumbs up

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      6 years ago

      hmmm... yummy lens... love to eating them... :D

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      Odille Rault 

      6 years ago from Gloucester

      What an Excellent lens! I had no idea that samosas were so easy to make! Love eating them... and love your suggestions for fillings - some really fabulous ideas! Blessed. :)

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      6 years ago

      Yummyyyyyy, Love to eat Samosa, Great lens.......:)


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