Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Baked Onion Samosa using Phyllo Sheets | Onion Samosa | Vengaya Samsa

Baked Onion Samosa, a savory pastry made from phyllo sheets with spicy onion fillings. I guess, samosa needs no introduction, it's a deep fried savory pastry from India. Samosas which are quite famous in the west has potato filling inside. 

But in India, you can find variety of stuffing inside the samosa and the famous stuffing next to potato is onions. In Tamil Nadu, you can find this mostly in road side vendors, especially when you shop in T.Nagar, Chennai, you can't miss this crispy samosa from the road side vendors.  
I have the fond memories of having them in T nagar,Chennai. When i first moved to chennai for job, i was really confused by the name "Samosa". In my home town, we call this onion samosa as "Onion Samsa(சம்சா)" and the sweet one (made with roasted chanal da powder) as "Samosa". So it really take time to get used to the local slang :-). 

Now coming to the recipe, here i have used phyllo pastry to make this samosa. I have already tried few savory items like potato samosa and avocado roll with the phyllo sheets. So i'm quite confident about the outcome, as expected it turned out super crispy and delicious.
Instead of phyllo sheets, you can use the samosa sheets that are available in the frozen section of the grocery store, but i'm not sure how good it will be when it's baked. When comes to phyllo sheets, it bakes so well with both sweet and savory filling. 

So whenever i buy phyllo sheets to make baklava, i always reserve few sheets to try this onion samosa. Now let's check out the recipe.

Baked Onion Samosa using Phyllo Sheet

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 20 minsMakes :
Recipe Category: Snacks | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Bake Onion Samosa, Baked Samosa, Phyllo Sheet Samosa, Indian Samosa Baked Onion Samosa, a savory pastry made from phyllo sheets with spicy onion fillings.
Phyllo Sheets - 4
Onion -1(big)
Curry leaves - few
Fennel seed - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 1 tsp + 1 tbsp(for brushing)
Red chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp 
Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves - few
Salt - to taste 

First cut the onions into thin slices and grate the carrot. Heat the oil, temper the fennel seed.
Next add the onions and curry leaves with pinch of salt.
Saute till the onions are translucent, add the spices(turmeric,red chili and garam masala powder) and salt. Give it a good mix.
Add the grated carrot, saute till the carrot are soft. Finally add the chopped coriander leaves. Switch off the flame. Stuffing is ready.
Thaw the phyllo sheets as per instructions and keep it ready. Take a sheet, cut into half, take one half and fold them vertically.
Apply oil on the sheet, then place the onion mixture and start folding in triangle.
Continue folding till the end. Seal the edges with water. 
Place it on baking tray and brush it with oil on top.Do the same for the remaining sheets and bake them in preheated oven at 370F for first 10 mins and then reduce the temperature to 350 F and bake it for 10-15 mins.
Tada, Yummy Onion Samosas are ready. 
Ready to dig in 
  • The mild sweetness from the carrot balance out the spices and gives great taste to this samosa.
  • Keep on eye on the samosa after 20 mins to avoid burning. 
  • For more flavor, you can use oil and ghee mixture to brush the sheets.


  1. Hi, thank you for posting such a amazing and easy recipe. I will try very soon. I have never used and tasted phyllo sheet recipe. Is phyllo sheets same as spring roll sheets what we get in grocery stores? and if not, can we use phyllo sheets for spring roll also?

    1. Thank you ! Phyllo sheets are commonly used in middle east cooking and mainly in sweets like baklava. Yes, it's kind of like spring roll sheets. But phyllo sheets are extremely thin and delicate so it gives crispy texture while baking and it's not used for deep frying. I guess, you can use phyllo sheets for spring rolls while baking it. For reference, you can check out my avocado roll recipe where i used phyllo sheets for making rolls .https://www.sandhiyascookbook.com/2017/03/baked-avocado-rolls-with-phyllo-dough.html