How to Make Delicious Lamb Samosas


Lamb samosa

Homemade samosa are so good!

I love samosas. I like filling them with many different things from crab to potatoes to this lamb keema. This is my personal favourite.

Over the years I have had my share of lamb samosas but none compare to this recipe. The lamb keema is a simplified version of the hugely popular lamb keema curry. No whole spices are used. You wouldn’t want to bite into a large clove or piece of cinnamon after all!

Once the samosas are made, you can freeze them as they do freeze well. They are great to take out of the freezer for that last minute curry party. You can fry them from frozen.

Try to get your pastry as thin as possible for best results.

I have included my samosa pastry recipe which is an authentic Indian recipe. You could use short pastry or spring roll wrappers but nothing compares to homemade.

Making lamb samosas

Ingredients for the fillings

Making lamb samosas

After frying the onions, add the garlic and ginger paste

Making lamb samosas

Add the spices, coriander and tomato.

Making lamb samosas

Add the minced lamb and stir it in.

Making lamb samosas

Add just enough water to cover as pictured.

Making lamb samosas

Keema ready. Just needed to add the peas.


Making lamb samosas

Sifted flour with just a drop of vegetable oil. Ready for adding water to make dough.

Making lamb samosas

A golf ball sized piece of dough ready for flattening.

Making lamb samosas

Roll out into a long rectangular shape

Making lamb samosas

You could use a knife to make the rectangle neater but that isn’t necessary and I rarely do it.

Making lamb keema

Place a spoonful of the lamb keema on one corner of the pastry.

Making lamb samosa

Fold the pastry over as pictured.

Making lamb samosas

Continue folding into a triangular shape.

Making lamb samosas

ready for frying!

Lamb samosas

Almost to good to eat!

Lamb samosas

Dig in!


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How to Make Delicious Lamb Samosas
Recipe type: Side dish
Cuisine: Indian
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: makes 8
  • 500g (about a pound) lean lamb mince
  • 1 heaping tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 large red onion - finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons garlic and ginger paste
  • 4 plum tomatoes - skinned and finely chopped
  • 3 green chillies finely chopped
  • 250ml (1 cup) fresh peas
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large handful of fresh coriander - chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon garam masala
  • 4 cups flour
  • Water
  • Vegetable oil for deep frying
  1. First make your pastry. Take about 1½ cups of the plain flour and pour it into a large bowl.
  2. Add a pinch of salt and about a tablespoon of oil.
  3. Now add water a little at a time. I usually do this with a cupped hand rather than from the tap. Work the water and oil into the flour to form a firm dough. Be careful not to add too much water which will result in a big sticky mess.
  4. Sprinkle about ½ cup of flour on a clean surface and knead it until the dough no longer sticks to your hands.
  5. Place the dough ball back into the bowl and cover with a wet cloth and allow to rest while you cook your lamb keema.
  6. Heat the oil to the pan and fry your onion until it is translucent and lightly browned. Throw in the garlic and ginger paste and fry for a further minute or so.
  7. Pour in the tomatoes, chillies, garam masala, cumin powder and the coriander and cook for a further couple of minutes. Stir continuously. The aroma in your kitchen will be amazing. When this happens Add the lamb mince and stir everything to combine.
  8. Add about a cup of boiling water to the meat mixtures and allow to cook for about 20 minutes covered.
  9. Remove the lid of the pan and turn up the heat. The lamb mince should be very moist but there should be no water left in the pan.
  10. Stir in the peas and check for seasoning and set aside to cool slightly.
  12. Pour your remaining cup of flour into a bowl and add enough water to make a smooth, slightly runny paste.
  13. Tear off a golfball sized piece of your dough and place it on a floured surface. Keep the remaining dough in the bowl covered so that it does not dry out.
  14. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a very thin sheet. The thinner the better! Try to shape the dough into a rectangular shape about 2 inches by four inches. To keep it neat you can use a knife.
  15. Place about a tablespoon of the lamb keema at the top of the rectangle.
  16. Fold the top left corner over the lamb mince filling to make a small triangular pocket to hold the meat. There will still be about two inched of pastry under this triangular pocket.
  17. Fold the top of the triangle over onto the remaining pastry and then again to create a perfect little triangular samosa.
  18. Dip your finger in the dough paste and seal the pocket closed.
  19. Repeat until all of your lamb samosas are made and screaming out to be eaten.
  20. and now to fry!
  21. Heat your oil over high heat to about 170c or until a piece of pastry floats rapidly to the top when thrown in.
  22. Gently add the lamb samosas and deep fry in batches until nicely browned. Remove with a slotted spoon onto a paper towel.

Serve on their own or with your favourite Indian chutneys or pickles.

Be sure to let me know how you like these lamb samosas!  Leave a comment and please don’t hesitate to ask questions!


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  1. Jo Ormerod says

    Made these last night, filling was amazing, struggled with using the right amount of filo pastry instead of dough, so will make your dough next time… Tasted sublime even so

    • Dan Toombs says

      Thanks for trying the recipe Jo.

      In the next few weeks I will be typing up a recipe using filo pastry.

  2. Mike says

    Hi Dave, I love this site and your recipes! I tried your Chicken Tandoori last week for a dinner party and not one of my guests believed I’d cooked it myself until I showed the photos of me actually doing it …. needless to say my secret is out and you have a few more fans :-)

    These samosas look great (and I will try making them at some stage) but I actually prefer vegetarian samosas – do you have a normal vege samosa recipe I can try? (I searched but couldn’t find one.) I’m guessing you just use potato in place of the lamb but I’d love to get your take on the traditional vege samosa.

    My frustration with samosas is that I always struggle getting the dough the right consistency – I do cook a lot but generally avoid pastry dishes as I can never seem to get it right…. when it’s too sticky/clammy do I just need to add more flour or have I already stuffed it up somewhere? And likewise, when it’s too dry/firm or crumbly do I just add a bit more oil or some milk maybe? I do want to make these samosas so any hints you can pass on about making the dough would be appreciated.

    Finally, and sorry to moan, but the italic font you use in the feedback forms is eye-wateringly, headache-inducingly bad! I have to bump the text size up in the browser by 2 sizes just to read it!. I think it’s the combination of light grey and the intense italic…. all the characters just blend into each other. Maybe it’s just me but it would be a lot easier to leave feedback if the form used a plain black font.

    • Dan Toombs says

      Hi Mike

      I’m working on a veggie samosa recipe and will be posting it soon. As for the pastry you’re right. If to sticky, just add a little more flour. If to crumbly, add a little water. With regard to the feedback form, I can’t see the Italics. I’ll have a look on another computer and browser.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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