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Monday, 12 July 2021

Air Fryer Whole Wheat Samosa


There is no greater joy other than to enjoy a cup of piping hot chai with Samosa on a rainy evening. But then, the deep fried samosa made with maida are not a healthy choice for sure. This Air Fryer Whole Wheat Samosa makes up for a guilt-free indulgence for health conscious people and fitness freaks. The outer cover of this samosa is made using whole wheat flour and spicy potatoes with green peas makes for its filling. You can serve this Air Fryer samosa as a  Starter/Appetizer or a tea-time snack with ketchup, green chutney or dates and jaggery chutney.


What is Samosa?

Samosa does not need any introduction, at least in India. It is one of the most loved Indian snack or appetizer with a crispy and flaky golden pastry and is triangular in shape and resembles a pyramid. The outer flaky cover of it is made with all purpose flour or maida, some  fat and salt and it is stuffed with spicy filling, usually made up of boiled potatoes and green peas and is deep fried until crisp and golden brown. 

You can find Samosa at any Indian restaurant, any halwai( sweet shop) or as a street food in every nook and corner in India, especially in the Northern states. There are many variations to samosa depending upon its stuffing. It can be stuffed with veg or non-veg filling and can be either baked, deep-fried or air fried. 


What goes into my version of Air Fryer Whole Wheat Samosa? The Ingredients:

I always look for healthy alternatives in my regular cooking and baking.I have made this mini samosa using whole wheat flour instead of refined flour and chose to air-fry it over deep frying to give it a healthy touch for guilt-free indulgence. You may also want to check out  the Paneer Stuffed Mushroom, that my fellow blogger, Sasmita makes. All the ingredients used in making this whole wheat samosa are easily available in the our Kitchen Pantry.

  • Whole Wheat flour: I have made the outer covering of the samosa dough entirely with whole wheat flour. You may use maida or refined flour and whole wheat flour in 1:1 ratio if you wish to.
  • Potatoes: Boiled, peeled and mashed potatoes are used to make the delicious aloo matar filling of the samosa. 
  • Green Peas: Fresh or frozen green peas can be used or skipped altogether.
  • Spices: Whole spices like onion seeds (kalonji) and carom seeds are used to flavor the outer covering while cumin seeds, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, red chili powder, turmeric powder, asafoetida, garam masala and amchur powder are used to season the spicy aloo matar filling.
  • Nuts: I have used cashew nuts and golden raisins in the filling which is completely optional, but makes the samosa filling and delicious.
  • Ghee: Ghee or clarified butter is used as a moyen (fat) to make the samosa crisp and flaky. Do not cut down the amount of fat used if you are looking for a texture close to the store bought one. However, ghee can be replaced with oil.
  • Oil: By opting, to make the samosa in air fryer we have cut down a considerable amount of oil used while making samosa in the deep fried method. We will need very little quantity of oil, just enough to coat the samosa prior to air-frying.
  • Other Ingredients: apart from the above listed ingredients, we have used green chilies, ginger and coriander leaves in the potato green peas filling.


Video Recipe for Air Fryer Whole Wheat Samosa

Dietary Notes: This Air Fryer Whole Wheat Samosa is

  • Crisp and flaky
  • Healthy and guilt-free snacks
  • Delicious tea-time snacks
  • Kid friendly
  • Savory Appetizer
  • Can be made vegan 


Preparation Time: 20  minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 20 mini samosa

Ingredients for the outer covering of samosa:

  • 1.5 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 3 tablespoon ghee/clarified butter
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Kalonji or Onion seeds (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Ajwain//carom seeds
Ingredients for the spicy potato -peas filling:
  • 4 medium sized potatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh or frozen green peas
  • 2 green chilies finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Cashew nuts
  • 1 tablespoon golden raisins
  • 1 teaspoon crushed Coriander seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon Fennel seeds
  • 1/2 inch ginger grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon Amchur powder (dry mango powder)
  • 2 tablespoon Oil
  • Pinch of Asafoetida
  • Salt to taste
  • Small bunch of fresh coriander leaves
Other Ingredients:
  • Oil for brushing the samosa
  1. We will begin with making the dough for the samosa.
  2.  For that, take whole wheat flour in a mixing bowl and add onion seeds, carom seeds, salt and hot ghee to it. 
  3. Mix it well and rub the flour so that it appears like bread crumbs. The key to making crispy and flaky samosa is the addition of  sufficient amount of fat to the dough. The dough should be able to retain a shape when you hold it in a fist.
  4.  Add chilled water in batches and knead the flour to a stiff dough. Cover the dough with a damp kitchen towel for 30 minutes.
  5.  While our dough is resting, we will prepare the spicy potato peas filling. For that heat oil in pan. Add cumin seeds to it. Once the seeds crackle, add fennel seeds followed by crushed coriander seeds, green chilies and ginger. Saute it for few seconds. 
  6. Next, add chopped cashew nuts and raisins and fry for another few seconds.
  7. Add the asafoetida, followed by green peas and stir-fry for a minute or so. Cover cook until the green peas cook well.
  8. Lower the flame and add the spice powders, turmeric powder, red chili powder, amchur powder, garam masala and salt. Fry the spices for few seconds and add boiled, peeled and mashed potatoes to it. 
  9. Stir fry the potatoes for 2-3 minutes so that it blends well with all the spice powders and takes up the flavors.
  10. Lastly garnish the spicy potato peas mix with finely chopped fresh coriander leaves. Allow the mixture to cool down completely in a plate.               


11. Once the dough has rested for about 30 minutes, knead the dough again for few seconds and divide it into equal lemon sized pieces. Roll out each dough ball between your palms until smooth.

12. Make all the dough balls similarly. I got around 20 small dough balls. Cover the dough balls with a damp cloth to prevent it from drying out.

13. Take a dough ball and roll it into a oval disc. Cut the disc into 2 parts using a knife. Take half side of the rolled oval disc, apply water to its straight edge and roll  it such that, a cone shaped pocket is made.

 14. Add around 1 tablespoon of the filling and stuff it into the pocket. Now pull the longer end of the cone towards the shorter and press the dough to seal the samosa. You will get a beautiful pyramid shaped samosa.

15. In case, you feel shaping the samosa difficult, here's another method of folding the samosa. Take a small dough ball and roll it out as a disc. Now on one side of the disc, cut small lines using a knife little distance apart from each other. 

16. Fold the circular disc to a semi-circle . Place stuffing in the center of the semi circle and fold it once again to get a triangle shape. Secure the edges and seal them by applying little water and pressing the edges between your fingers.

17. Make all the samosas by wraping it into any way you like or find easy. Preheat the air fryer at 180 degrees for 5 minutes. Brush the shaped samosas with oil and place it in the air fryer basket lined with aluminum foil. Bake the samosas for 10-15 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius. Flip the samosa mid way and brush it again with little oil. I have made mini samosa which got ready within 10 minutes.

18. Serve the healthy and delicious atta samosa with any chutney or dip of your choice. make sure to pair it with your masala chai for a soulful snacking.



Recipe Notes:
  • You may use maida or refined flour and whole wheat flour in 1:1 ratio to make the samosa dough if you wish to.
  • The key to making crispy and flaky samosa is the addition of  sufficient amount of fat to the dough. Do not cut down the amount of ghee used if you are looking for a texture close to the store bought ones.
  • For a vegan version, replace ghee with oil.
  • For a gluten free version, use rice wrappers to make the outer covering of the samosa and skip adding asafoetida.
  • For a satvik (onion-garlic free version, skip adding onion seeds.
  • To make the samosa using oven, bake the samosa for 15 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius in a pre-heated oven.
  • Left-over samosa if any can be crushed and a lip smacking chaat can be made with it by adding chopped onions, tomatoes to it topped with flavorful chaat chutneys.
  • You can make any veg or non-veg filling for the samosa for variation.
  • Adjust the spices as per your spice tolerance.
  • I have made mini samosas, so the cooking time in air-fryer is less. If making big size samosa, adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  • If you wish to deep fry the samosa, add the shaped samosa to heated oil in a wok and fry on low flame until nice,crisp and golden in color.
  • Make sure, the samosa dough is stiff and not soft.

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  1. Samosas look so perfect and crunchy .. your pics have made me crave for some right away even though it is sleep time now :-)

  2. I adore samosas, but often stop myself from indulging in them because they are deep-fried. Your air-fried version would be just the right solution for me. Loos so delicious and perfectly done.

  3. Samosa looks so perfect and tempting Poonam. I wish I could grab one from the picture. Baked and air fried are always best to enjoy guilt free can't wait to try.

  4. Air fryer whole wheat samosa is a guilt free indulgence . I am sure my boys will love it . You have explained so well Poonam. You are tempting me to make samosa now.

  5. Wow samosas in airfryer! Can I bake them too. Its the same right. Anyways if I can enjoy samosas guitfree then I would make them every second day! Lovely recipe.

  6. Samosas looks so crispy and flaky. Such a healthy and guilt free treat with wheat flour and air frying the samosa.

  7. Air fryer recently entered into my kitchen and I was curious to use it with some lipsmacking recipe. And here's your post is. That's awesome. Will surely try.

  8. Great recipe! I love samosas but avoid eating it regularly since I have become more concious eater. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing healthy version of samosa recipe, I can enjoy it again without guilt.

  9. I usually bake Punjabi samosa in the oven and they turn out great. So am guessing these air fried ones will be equally good. Love the way you have done the slitted pattern folding, looks so pretty.

  10. You said it right Poonam, indeed there is no greater joy other than to enjoy a cup of piping hot tea with Samosa on a rainy day. And that too made in Air fryer. Wow that's so awesome to have them guilt free. The samosas have turned out so good.

  11. Wow, can't believe that these samosa are made in the air fryer. They look so crispy and perfect. Using atta for the dough makes these 100% guilt-free. Will have to try these ASAP.

  12. Wholewheat samosas made in air fryer makes me so happy, as I am trying to loose weight. Thanks for this delicious recipe.

  13. Wholwwheat samosais such awonderful idea and I love the fact these samosas are air fried.They definitelty are a guilt free treat.

  14. Love these guilt free air fried samosas... perfect for those on low oil diet.everyone can enjoy these snacks.. air fried samosa look too tempting.

  15. Air Fryer Whole Wheat Samosa, wow poonam !! These look so crispy and perfect. would love to make with only atta