Beef Samosas Recipe -
Beef Samosas Recipe
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Beef Samosas

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"Beef and potatoes are the main ingredients folded inside these wonderful deep fried samosas. Chicken livers may be substituted for beef, if you choose. My friend from Bangladesh gave me this savory, spicy recipe. You just can't buy better in the shops."

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Original recipe makes 18 samosas Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    40 mins


  1. Bring a medium saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Stir in potatoes and peas. Cook until potatoes are tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain, mash together and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium high heat, heat the oil. Brown cumin seeds and bay leaf. Mix in onions and ground beef. Cook until beef is evenly brown and onions are soft, about 5 minutes. Mix in garlic, fresh ginger root. Season with black pepper, salt, cumin, coriander, turmeric, chili powder, cinnamon and cardamom. Stir in the mashed potato mixture. Remove from heat and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour, or until cool.
  3. Heat oil in a large, heavy saucepan over high heat.
  4. Mix cilantro and green chile peppers into the potato and beef mixture. Place approximately 1 tablespoon of the mixture onto each phyllo sheet. Fold sheets into triangles, pressing edges together with moistened fingers.
  5. In small batches, fry until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels and serve warm.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 25, 2004

Loved the filling, but thought the phyllo dough was unauthentic. So I got this recipe from an Indian friend... 2 cups of plain flour ¼ tsp salt 4 tbsp of oil/ghee 4 tbsp of water Method for base 1. Mix all the ingredients for the base together with your fingers until it forms a dough. Add tiny bit more water if needed. 2. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes or until it is smooth. 3. Put it in a plastic bag and set aside for 30 minutes or longer, in the refrigerator if possible. Then I think you take a walnut-sized portion of dough, and then roll it out to about 4 inches across. Put a couple of TB of filling in, fold dough over to make a semicircle, press seams together, roll edges over, and fry 'til golden. Sorry for the long post, but hope it helps. =)

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 25, 2004

I tried making this, maybe it just wasn't our tastes but we didn't like it, it needs something else, but I dont know what.

Sep 29, 2005

These are great, but I have two suggestions and a tip. 1) Use a green chile paste instead of fresh chiles. You can find it at Indian/Pakistani markets. Also known as green chile chutney. 2) Use samosa wrappers instead of filo dough if filo is too crumbly. These are easier to work with and do not flake so easily when cooked. Also found at Indian/Pakistani markets. Tip) I used southern style hashbrowns instead of whole potatoes. They are already boiled and cut up, so the boiling time is much less. Basically you are just heating up the potatoes and the peas. Then mash together like recommended. (Southern Style is the one that is cubed, not shreaded.)

Feb 12, 2007

Excellent & yummy recipe, easy to make too! I lived in India during part of my childhood and Indian food is my fave ... and this recipe meets full approval and tastes so authentic! However, like almost all cooks in this website, I modified a few things. I diced the potatoes into little pieces and boiled them with the peas - I did not mash them. I used more cumin seeds (love the flavour of cooked cumin seeds in Indian dishes), and added 2 - 3 tablespoons of lemon juice at the end of the cooking of the filling (after the potatoes and peas were added in) - this gives it a bit of tangy flavour (a lot of vegeterian samosa recipes call for lemon juice). I did not use phyllo dough but ready-made thin flaky pie dough - it has a very nice puff when fried and it's a very tasty combination with the filling. Egg-roll wrappers are not for samosas and do not do samosas justice for the taste, so pls don't use them ! If ever, it's better to make your own dough, though this can be more time consuming. Bravo and thanks again for this great recipe !

Dec 20, 2003

I love this recipe. The ground beef is what makes the samosa so delicious. Don’t let the long list of ingredients daunt you from making this; the meat mixture is pretty easy to make once you get everything together (helps if you measure out all the spices at least a day in advance). I like to put the beef in warmed tortillas and top it with a small sprinkling of grated cheese. Yum. As for the samosa, when I first made this, I baked the samosa in the oven at 400 degrees until the dough was golden (suggested by other reviewers). I also spread the dough with melted butter before popping the samosa into the oven. And I used spring roll wrappers. Since I try not to eat too many carbohydrates, I usually omit the potatoes when making the meat mixture. It tastes just as good, in my opinion.

Aug 27, 2003

I made these with ground chicken, a handful of raisins and without the cilantro and green chiles. They were absolutely wonderful! For a more healthy version, bake the pastries in the oven on 400 degrees until brown and crisp. I brushed the outsides with melted butter so that they would crisp nicely. I suspect that ground turkey would be just a nice to use as well. My friends and I had fun making then and eating them :) If you are out of garlic, a tablespoon of garlic powder works well too. Also, put in a teaspoon of garam masala for wonderful flavor and a nice aroma. The phyllo dough doesn't make them like genuine samosa, though. I suggest using wonton or eggroll wrappers to mimick the doughy and thick goodness of authentic samosas. My friends and I doubled the recipe and ate them as a meal until we were stuffed. They are quite good :) Also, if you have already browned meat, just cook the onions seperately and mix them all together. I think these would be awesome with left over turkey too!

Apr 01, 2003

Looking for something a lil' different for your next have found it!! I LOVED THIS RECIPE, although I made a few minor adjustments. Phyllo dough is a bit difficult to work with, so I bought the pre-made phyllo shells, they look like miniature puff pastry cups. I filled each with the Samosa mixture, and instead of frying, I put them on a cookie sheet and baked them just until the tops got browned.

Jan 25, 2004

Now I won't have to go to an Indian restaurant just to eat one of my favorite appetizers. These turned out really tasty. I added some crushed, dried chile peppers in the filling for some more spice. For the dough I used the recipe AuntWebbie posted (thanks!). It was the perfect consistency and I was able to make the wrappers with no hassles. The samosas taste better for me when the dough is thin, and there is a lot of filling. Great recipe! PS - Only one thing I had problems with. From the recipe, it sounds like you're supposed to smash the peas with the potatoes, but I didn't smash the peas. I think it tastes better this way.


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  • Calories
  • 258 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 23.8 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 21 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 14.8 g
  • 23%
  • Fiber
  • 2.3 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 7.6 g
  • 15%
  • Sodium
  • 346 mg
  • 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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