1boxfrozen samosas(8-9 samosas that are 2-2½ inches/5-6.35 cm per side; mini samosas or regular)
dipping sauce(mango chutney or green chutney)
Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for 5 minutes. Put the samosas in a single layer on a hot air fryer tray.
If you have an air fryer oven, put the tray in the top rack position. Air fry for 9-10 minutes at 400°F (200°C). Flip samosas after 5 minutes of cooking time.
Check the internal temperature of your samosas with a meat thermometer, particularly if they contain meat or poultry. They should have reached a temperature of 165°F (74°C). You can extend the cooking time by a few minutes if needed.
This is a level 3 recipe (weight maintenance and active lifestyles). I don’t think I’ve had a samosa for years, so working on this post was a treat. And that’s the thing with samosas, they are a snack food, not a nutritious entrée. (BTW, Trader Joes admits themselves that their samosas are not “health food.”)Samosas can get a bit of a health halo because they contain nutritious protein and veggie fillings. However, frozen samosas are an ultra-processed food that are loaded with white flour and highly processed oil. While I’d consider samosas a better snack than most cookies and cakes, they’re not the best choice.One benefit of the storebought samosas that I tried is that they are much smaller than the ones in restaurants. This may make portion control easier if you do well with moderating these sorts of foods in your diet.Making your own samosas could be healthier in terms of nutrients provided. You get a greater choice of fillings, and you can use a whole grain flour for the wrapper. You can also use less oil in the filling and the wrapper.Speaking of oil, I noticed on both the samosa packages I bought that the ingredients are listed like this:
Filling (list of samosa filling ingredients)
Pastry (list of samosa pastry ingredients)
Ingredients are listed in order by weight. Both pastry and filling contained canola oil as an ingredient. If ingredients were listed individually instead of grouped, it is likely that the oil would be high on the list, possibly the 2nd or 3rd ingredient.Indeed, eating the samosas was nice for a couple of bites but then I started tasting the oil. It was reminiscent of eating a donut, a reminder that samosas are a treat food.Nutrition information is for one serving of Trader Joe’s Mini Vegetable Samosas and does not include dipping sauce.