Somsa or Samosa with Pumpkin filling


Samosa or Somsa is a very popular hot snack in countries like India, Central Asia, Israel,Arabia,Mediterranean and Africa.Each region has their own way of preparing it.

It’s made from layered dough and can be filled with variety of fillings like beef,lamb with onions, potatoes, or pumpkin.Some regions fry the samosa, but where I am from they always baked in the oven or in tandoor oven.The dough comes out buttery and crispy on the outside with juicy filling inside.

Fall has arrived,even though it doesn’t look like it did here in California with temperatures still in the 90’s, but it did! So baking this hot snack is perfect. Pumpkin is a very healthy vegetable that can last for 6 months,and there is a lot of dishes,desserts,salads and even juices you can incorporate this healthy vegetable in. When my kids first saw me making these, they went “eeeew!!!! salty pumpkin? I am not eating it..” but.. guess what? when they tried it, they changed their mind. They are used to eating pumpkin like in pies,cookies,muffins and everything that is sweet, but thats not the only way you can use pumpkin.

This particular recipe is with Pumpkin filling, but I am including a recipe with meat filling also.Enjoy this hot snack with a cup of green tea.

Ingredients for dough:
4 1/2 – 5 cups flour (I used unbleached all purpose)
1 1/2 cup warm water
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 stick melted butter.

Whisk together water,egg, and salt. Add flour and knead the dough well.
Let it rest for at least 30 minutes.Meanwhile prepare the filling.

Pumpkin filling:
3 cups peeled, diced into small pieces pumpkin
2 small-medium sweet onions or one large chopped
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1/2- 3/4 inch butter cubes (depending on the size you are making.)

Mix all the ingredients except butter.

Meat filling:
1 1/2 lbs. beef or lamb minced (preferably making your own)
2 onions chopped
salt and pepper.
1 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder.
1/2- 3/4 inch butter cubes (depending on the size you are making.)

* black sesame seeds can be sprinkled on top before baking, I just didn’t have any:(

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Slice the dough in half.Roll it out thin and grease the dough with melted butter.

Roll it up and cut into 2-2 1/2 inch pieces.

Dip and press the dough in to flour.

Roll it out

 Add filling and 1-2 cubes butter, pinch the sides together

In a shape of a triangle

Place somsas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil.
Coat the top with slightly beaten egg using a brush.Sprinkle sesame seeds.
Bake for about 45 minutes.Apply egg coating once again as soon as it
is taken out of the oven.


  1. I love Somsa! I make it myself all the time, too. Great recipes on your site.

  2. Thanks Julia! what do you usually make it with?

  3. Yuuuuuum my favorite

  4. Nadusha, thank you so much for this traditional recipe!!! I am making this tomorrow with all the pumpkins I got this season!!! This is so perfect . You alway have the best and easiest recipes to follow , especially your pictures !!! It really helps for ppl like me that is so visual:) thanks again .

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