Ramadan Recipe: Hot Cumin Spiced Potato Filling for Samosas, Spring Rolls, Parathas, etc.

With Ramadan just under 3 weeks away, it’s that time of the year where preparations for samosas, spring rolls, kebabs and various other Iftar snacks begin.

I have very fond memories as a child of Ramadan when me and my parents, all my Chachis and Chachus (Aunts and Uncles) and my grandparents lived together. During Ramadan my Chachis, my Mother and my Grandmother would gather on the floor in the living room with a mountain high stack of spring roll wrappers, a pot full of filling, either potato and peas or minced meat, and would prepare samosas and spring rolls for the next few days. Someone would be assigned the role of filling the wrapper with the filling, someone would roll, someone would brush on the ‘glue’, a gummy mixture of flour and water. I would sit by my Mother and observe, itching to join in. Eventually, I was allowed to fill the samosas with a spoonful of the masala, but soon after I graduated to rolling the wrappers into long spring rolls or triangular samosa shapes. It would be the highlight of my day.

Hot Cumin Spiced Potato Filling from Samosas - Recipe by FatimaCooks.net

My Mother and Aunts stopped making samosas and spring rolls years ago. My grandmother became very sick and bedridden not long after, two of my Aunt’s moved out when I was 13, then my Mother also moved when I was 16. I think it’s a real shame that this beautiful Ramadan family tradition died before any of my younger cousins or sisters could witness it. Maybe I’m just being over-attached to those memories, or maybe I’m imagining this false sense of responsibility over traditions bound to die down sooner or later, but I feel like I shouldn’t let this tradition out of my hands.

When I told my Mother I planned on making my own samosas and spring rolls this year, she tried to talk me out of it, telling me ‘It’s effort you don’t need to do. Everything you need is available in the shops. Those conveniences are there for a reason.’

I just think there’s something special about something homemade. The love and care that goes into making them outshines those prepacked mass-manufactured ready-made things – God only knows how truly hygienic and fresh the ingredients used for those are. Plus I like having control over the spices and ingredients. Sometimes with the ready-made samosas, I find myself thinking ‘If they added just a bit more pepper/coriander powder/cumin, this would taste so much more better’. When making the filling yourself, you have free reign over what and what not to add. The only real effort is wrapping the samosas. I usually dedicate a few afternoons to this – I turn on the radio and time flies without me even noticing.

Hot Cumin Spiced Potato Filling from Samosas - Recipe by FatimaCooks.net

This year, I plan on making chicken and potato, minced lamb, fish and perhaps paneer samosas, and Chinese style prawn and veggie spring rolls. I’ve already made a batch of vegetable spring rolls consisting of carrots, cabbage, capsicum, sweetcorn and spring onions.

This cumin-spiced potato filling was met with praises by everyone who tried them. They are just the right amount of spicy – enough to be cooled down by a side of raita (yogurt and mint sauce) but not hot enough to be uncomfortable without. If you’re a bit sensitive to spice or don’t want your samosas to be spicy, then omit the chilli powder.

Hot Cumin Spiced Potato Filling for samosas, spring rolls, parathas etc @ FatimaCooks.net

 

Enjoy this filling in samosas, spring rolls or parathas, or use to make pastries or cutlets, like Aloo ki Tikkiyan.

Enjoy, with love x

Hot Cumin Spiced Potato Filling from Samosas - Recipe by FatimaCooks.net
Ramadan Recipe: Hot Cumin Spiced Potato Filling for Samosas, Pastries, etc.
Print Recipe
Potato-filled samosas are a favourite loved by everyone and make a regular appearance at South-East Asian Iftar tables. This filling is distincly flavoured with cumin, both powdered and whole and coriander, fresh, whole and powdered. This filling isn't limited to samosas, you can use it for spring rolls, parathas or cutlets too!
Servings Prep Time
about 40 small samosas 5 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
about 40 small samosas 5 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Hot Cumin Spiced Potato Filling from Samosas - Recipe by FatimaCooks.net
Ramadan Recipe: Hot Cumin Spiced Potato Filling for Samosas, Pastries, etc.
Print Recipe
Potato-filled samosas are a favourite loved by everyone and make a regular appearance at South-East Asian Iftar tables. This filling is distincly flavoured with cumin, both powdered and whole and coriander, fresh, whole and powdered. This filling isn't limited to samosas, you can use it for spring rolls, parathas or cutlets too!
Servings Prep Time
about 40 small samosas 5 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
about 40 small samosas 5 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1.3 kg potatoes
  • 2 medium onions
  • 0.5 head garlic
  • 2 inch ginger
  • 2 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 0.5 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 2.5 tsp salt
  • 1 bunch Fresh coriander
Servings: small samosas
Instructions
  1. Peel and roughly chop the onions, garlic and ginger. Set aside.
  2. In a pot, heat the oil and add 1tbsp of the cumin seeds, the coriander seeds, the onions, garlic and ginger. Cook on medium high heat till they become caramelised and brown - about 10-12 minutes.
    Hot Cumin-Spiced Potato Filling for Samosas - Fatima Cooks
  3. Meanwhile, peel and roughly chop the potatoes. Once the onions are done, add the potatoes, all the spices (Except 1tbsp cumin seeds) and 3/4 cup water.
    Hot Cumin-Spiced Potato Filling for Samosas - Fatima Cooks
  4. Turn the heat to low and cover. Allow the mixture to cook till the potatoes are soft and easy to mash - about 40 minutes
  5. Once the potatoes are done, turn off the heat. Using a potato masher or a spoon, begin to mash the potatoes in the pot.
    Hot Cumin-Spiced Potato Filling for Samosas - Fatima Cooks
  6. Add the remaining cumin seeds and chopped fresh coriander and mix through. Adjust the spices if you need to.
    Hot Cumin-Spiced Potato Filling for Samosas - Fatima Cooks
  7. Your filling is done! Let it cool completely before attempting to handle it.
Recipe Notes

If you want to add peas, sweetcorn or anything else, defrost them fully (if required) and add them after mashing the potatoes.

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5 thoughts on “Ramadan Recipe: Hot Cumin Spiced Potato Filling for Samosas, Spring Rolls, Parathas, etc.

  1. These look so good! I too always love to make things from scratch whenever I can, even if it can be a tedious process because I just love the result of having made everything myself, and 9 times out of 10 it tastes far better than if I’d bought prepackaged. Much better for you too without any potential additives/preservatives/chemicals etc! 🙂

  2. I bought samosa from a Mithraism shop they where just awesome. The outside was just delicious can you give us the recipe for that. If outside is good too it makes samosas perfect!

  3. I bought samosas from Manchester super store they are really delicious and yummy thanks dear for making these

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