This samosa potato salad takes on the flavors of the traditional Indian appetizer and is loaded up with green peas, chickpeas, rice, cashews, and toasted coconut shavings.
Samosa Potato Salad

I have to tell you the story of the time my mother tried Indian food for the first time.

You might be wondering how it’s possible you haven’t heard this juicy little tidbit before….and well.

That’s because it was last week.

LAST WEEK!!!!!!!

I’m in shock, too.

Primarily that we even got her to try it after many many many years of failed attempts. But also that she’s lived an unspoken number of years without tasting some of the best tastes on this earth. It’s astonishing. Truly.

Samosa Potato Salad

Here’s how it went.

Basically, it was my brother’s birthday and he wanted Indian food. So we got Indian food!!

But that’s not even the ridiculous part. My mom claims to love spicy food and though we tried to warn her that, yes she might think she likes spicy food but Indian food is REALLY SPICY so maybe she should get something on the not-so-spicy side to be safe? Please? Pretty please? Because we want her to let us order Indian food again!

Well, the woman has apparently been taking lessons from her only grandchild and REFUSED TO LISTEN so she got chicken vindaloo. And then wondered why her mouth was basically on fire the entire meal.

At some point after realizing she had eaten maybe two bites we tried to get her to admit that it was too spicy and that maybe she should switch with my brother and eat his chicken tikka masala instead, but she insisted that it was fine and just kept describing it as “interesting”.

Until finally she gave up and just ate samosas for the rest of the meal.

SAMOSAS!! –> the great equalizer.

Samosa Potato Salad

No, but they really are.

I know that because I HATE potato salad, but I LOVED this potato salad and it is all decked out in samosa flavor. It’s filled with peas, chickpeas, cashews, and a vibrant curry dressing. It’s everything you love about samosas minus the deep fried shells, which always seem like a good idea at the time but never really are.

Just like my mom and the vindaloo.


Samosa Potato Salad
This samosa potato salad takes on the flavors of the traditional Indian appetizer and is loaded up with green peas, chickpeas, rice, cashews, and toasted coconut shavings.
Yield: 4 servings
  • 2 lb russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 8 oz frozen peas
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 1 cup cooked basmati rice
  • ⅔ cup roasted cashews, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup toasted shaved coconut
For the dressing
  • 3 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 1 tbsp hot curry powder
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • ⅓ cup lime juice
  • salt, to taste
  1. Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Add a few pinches of salt to the water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and let cook for 10-15 minutes, or until potatoes are fork-tender. In the last five minutes of cooking, add in the frozen peas and cook until warmed through. Drain potatoes and peas. Set aside.
  2. To make the dressing, heat the oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the curry powder and garam masala to the pan. Allow the spices to toast for a minute, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and stir in the lime juice. Season to taste with salt.
  3. In a large salad bowl, toss together the potatoes, peas, rice, cashews, and coconut. Add the dressing and mix to combine. Season to taste with salt. Serve warm or at room temperature.


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7 Responses to Samosa Potato Salad

  1. This looks like such a great idea, i like potato salads as long as they don’t have mayo on them! I would never have come up with a samosa flavoured one though!

  2. Such a palatable salad, Joanne! I love potatoes and this is a new recipe to consume them more often!

  3. Nancy LaRoche says:

    This looks spectacular! I can’t wait to try it and share it.

    The best samosa I ever had was the weekend I spent in Hong Kong for work a few years ago. I had just arrived from an overnight flight and wanted to get out and start exploring. I eventually found my way into the somewhat intimidating Chunking Mansions and found an amazing little food stall where I bought the biggest samosa ever (easily the size of my fist) with saffron rice. I’ll never forget it!

  4. Julia says:

    It took my mom a good long while to try Indian, Thai, and sushi, so your momma’s in good company 😉 LOVING the fact that you hit the potato salad up samosa-style. So brilliant!

  5. Kate says:

    Where I grew up we didn’t have Indian food. I quickly grew to love it when it became available!

  6. Arden says:

    Samosas do not usually have curry powder in them. I have made something similar to this, and to classify it as samosa flavoured when you really know what samosas taste like is a disappointment

    • joanne says:

      Hi Arden, I’m so sorry you feel this way! Being that I really only started eating Indian food in my 20s (let alone cooking it!) I would never proclaim to be the authority on it or declare my recipes as authentic. I’ve honestly never made true blue samosas from scratch before so I certainly cannot speak to whether they typically contain curry powder or not. This salad is more inspired by samosas than anything else so I hope you can understand why it may not taste exactly like the samosa filling you seem to typically eat and enjoy.

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