The following post was written by Lail H., a member of POPSUGAR Select Food, whose twists on Bangladeshi dishes can be found on With a Spin.

If you've never tasted a samosa before, get ready to make this simple yet mouthwatering, quick yet elegant version. To add a little spin to the traditional samosa and to keep the entire process simple, I often use store-bought puff pastries and serve as an appetizer. I change up the filling depending on the time of year and customize with what's in season. For the Fall months, I love to add sweet potatoes, cauliflower, pumpkin, or Winter squashes. 

Serve the samosas with a green sauce or tamarind dressing to jazz it up even more! Adored by both adults and children, the puff samosas disappear from the tables in a heartbeat.


Keep reading for the recipe.

Fall Samosas


1 pound potato
1 large sweet potato
1 cup cauliflower, cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons oil
1/2 cup onions, chopped
3-4 red chilis
2-3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 teaspoons ginger, chopped
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds, dry-roasted and crushed
Cilantro (optional)
Salt according to taste
Puff pastry
1 egg


  1. Boil regular and sweet potatoes until soft.
  2. Peel the boiled potatoes and cut into small chickpea-size cubes. Set aside.
  3. Heat oil. Add onion, ginger, and garlic, and sauté until slightly brown.
  4. Add red chili, and sauté for a minute. Add cauliflower, and cook for 2-3 minutes; mix potatoes into the mixture. Add turmeric, dry cumin powder, and salt, and mix well. Cook 4-5 minutes, stirring often, until everything is mixed. Add chopped cilantro, if desired.
  5. If your puff pastry doesn't come flat, then roll out puff pastry to 1/4-inch thickness.
  6. Using a cookie cutter, cut and decorate pastry dough into desired shapes.
  7. Spoon the filling into the middle of one piece, and close the pastry with another piece. Repeat for the rest of the filling.
  8. Individually freeze the uncooked samosas, and proceed to baking.
  9. Preheat oven to 360ºF. Beat egg, and add 1 teaspoon water. Brush egg wash on prepared samosa.
  10. Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden.