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depinder chibber vegan samosas

With a fragrantly spiced filling and crunchy exterior, these tasty morsels will be a party favorite.

| By Rachael Thompson | Recipes

Depinder Chhibber’s Crispy Vegan Samosas with Green Chutney

With a fragrantly spiced filling and crunchy exterior, these tasty morsels will be a party favorite.

Welcome to Put on a Spread, a recipe series that takes you inside the kitchens – and dining rooms – of some of our favorite home cooks. For this instalment, Sydney-based cook and MasterChef contestant Depinder Chhibber shares her recipe for vegan samosas with green chutney.

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  • 1½ cups plain flour
  • 3-4 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tsp carom seeds (optional)
  • 3-4 potatoes (boiled)
  • ¼ cup frozen peas
  • 1 green chilli
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 2-3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • ½ red onion (chopped)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • ½ tsp dried mango powder (optional)
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Vegetable oil for frying

For the chutney

  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 inch piece of ginger
  • 1 fresh green chilli
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1-2 tbsp natural yogurt


In a large mixing bowl, add flour, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp carom seeds, 1-2 tbsps ghee, and mix well.

Once the mixture resembles a bread crumb mixture or the ghee has been incorporated completely, add water (a little bit at a time) continuing to mix until a stiff dough forms.

Cover the dough and rest for at least 25 mins.

In a hot pan on medium to high heat, add 2 tbsp ghee and cumin seeds.

Add the ginger and garlic paste, chopped onions, chopped green chillies, and cook until the onions start to soften (2-3 mins).

Add 1 tsp salt (according to taste), turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, chilli powder, mango powder, and mix well.

Add the boiled potatoes, mashing them with your hands as you add them in, continuing to mix. Cook the mixture for about 3-4 mins.

Add the peas, lemon juice, garam masala, chopped cilantro leaves, and mix well to incorporate.

Once the filling is ready, set it aside to cool to room temperature

Before making the samosas, add some oil to a deep frying pan on low to medium heat.

Roughly knead the dough after resting it and divide the dough into smaller round balls.

Using a rolling pin, roll the ball into an oval-shaped flatbread 3-4 mm thick. (You can use oil to prevent the dough from sticking onto the surface).

Cut the rolled oval into half and apply some water onto the straight half. Cut and fold this into a cone shape.

Stuff the cone with the potato stuffing and seal the top by applying some water onto the ends, pressing firmly.

Bring the heat to low and fry the samosas for 6 to 7 mins and then increase the heat for the brown colour.

To make the green chutney, blend all the ingredients together to make a thick paste.

Serve the samosas with the green chutney.

For more from Depinder, follow her at @depinder_

Photography Hannah Blackmore. Styling Jackie Brown.

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