Samosa and kachori are famous savory Indian snacks but unfortunately, can be quite daunting to prepare from scratch. It is a multi-phase process that involves making the samosa dough and filling, followed by rolling and skillful shaping; and then frying.
Luckily, today there are many frozen options available and some are very good and to my liking. I am a big fan of frozen samosas and kachoris.
Air fryer frozen samosa turns out crispy and perfect in a matter of a few minutes. They are quick to prepare and the best part is you can just make as few or as many as you want in quick time.
How to cook frozen samosas?
Frozen samosas can be cooked in different ways, either by deep-frying, baking in the oven, or in the air fryer. The first step is to thaw or defrost the large samosas in the microwave before cooking.
Defrosted frozen samosas can be baked in the preheated oven at 400 °F for 15 -20 minutes. They can also be deep-fried on the stovetop. So it can be a little tedious and longer if you are baking or unhealthy if you deep-fry.
But the air fryer has changed all that for the better. It is one of the easiest air fryer recipes to try if you are new to the air fryer.
Where to buy frozen samosa?
Frozen samosa and kachori are easily available in the freezer section in the Indian grocery stores, Trader Joe's, Costco, Whole Foods, Walmart, and other supermarkets.
You can find frozen samosa with a variety of fillings like potato and green peas samosa, paneer samosa, and cheese and jalapeño samosa. They are also available in different sizes like large or mini samosas.
I love the 'Deep' brand Punjabi samosas for air frying. They are perfect for a quick snack or to serve a crowd. Other brands like Haldiram and Ashoka frozen samosas can also be cooked in the air fryer in a similar way.
Do I have to defrost samosas before frying?
Depending on the size of the samosa you are cooking, it may or may not be required to defrost the samosas. So it is best to check the instructions on the package if it calls for thawing them.
Large or jumbo samosa must be defrosted before cooking. It is an important step, skipping it may result in cold samosa from inside after frying in the air fryer.
How long does it take to defrost samosas?
To defrost frozen samosas, check the instructions provided on the package. Usually, they can be defrosted in a microwave in 1-2 minutes depending on the count. It also depends on the size of the samosa.
Can you cook frozen samosa in air fryer?
Yes! It is very quick and easy to cook frozen samosa in the air fryer. First, preheat the air fryer to 390 °F for about 5 minutes. Now depending on the type of samosa, you can thaw them based on the package instructions.
I have used large frozen samosa and 4 pieces usually take about 2 minutes to thaw in the microwave. Place the thawed samosas in a single layer in the preheated air fryer basket and cook them.
After about 5 minutes open the basket and carefully turn them if needed with the help of the kitchen tongs. Depending on the brand, some samosas may seem dry on the surface and some may ooze out oil.
Place the basket back in and heat for another 3-4 minutes till they turn golden brown. The time of cooking may vary depending on the count of samosa.
How long to cook frozen samosa in air fryer?
Large frozen samosa will usually take about 8 minutes to cook in the air fryer. Air frying time will also vary depending on the size and count of the samosa.
What goes well with samosas?
Air-fried samosas work great to make a delicious mouth-watering samosa chat. Check out my recipe on how to make samosa chaat.
How to reheat samosas?
Sometimes you may have leftover cooked samosas. You can store them in the fridge for 1-2 days. When you are ready to eat, you can reheat the samosas in the air fryer for about 2-3 minutes at 390 °F before serving.
If you have a large batch of samosas, you can reheat them in the oven for about 5 minutes at 400 °F.
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Frozen Samosa in Air Fryer
- 3 pieces Frozen Samosa (large)
- 3 pieces Frozen Kachori (large)
- Thaw the samosas in the microwave depending on the instructions provided on the package.
- Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 390 °F.
- Place the samosas in the air fryer basket.
- Air fry the samosas for 8 minutes.
- Remove the samosas and serve with chutney and ketchup.
- Frozen kachori can be cooked in the air fryer in the similar way