We Found The Best Frozen Aloo Samosa in India (2024)
To find the tastiest and crispiest frozen aloo samosa, we put four brands to test – Haldiram’s, Prasuma, ITC MasterChef and Samossay. Who is crowned as the winner?
Samosas are an emotion. A comfort snack we often choose over fancy cookies and buns. These might look rather simple to perfect, but there’s a lot that goes in the making. From a well-kneaded dough to a flavor-loaded stuffing, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea (though these taste the best with tea).
To answer untimely cravings, we were adamant on finding frozen samosas that taste right. We picked four popular and easily available brands for our frozen samosa review – ITC, Haldiram’s, Samossay and Prasuma. After two rounds of tasting we chose Haldiram’s as our Top Pick. We Also Recommend Prasuma. Here’s why!
Our Review Factors
What are we expecting? What defines the best frozen aloo samosa? We were looking for a CRISP samosa pastry with a delicious aloo-based stuffing. The casing-filling ratio should be in sync with each other.
This section covers the review factors for the best aloo samosa frozen :
The taste of the stuffing is essential in determining the overall flavor of a samosa. Every spice and its intensity has been meticulously recorded. Is the stuffing well seasoned? How spicy is the filling? Does it showcase traditional Indian flavors or does it have a modern twist?
Furthermore, we also gauged the overall flavor (pastry + stuffing). Many of these frozen aloo samosas come with chutney packs. How tasty is the chutney? Does it complement the taste of the samosa?
The texture focuses on the following elements – the crispiness of the samosa shell (pastry), how well cooked is the aloo stuffing and the samosa casing to the stuffing ratio. How is the overall bite of the samosas? Does it feel chalky?
Do the peas, raisins, and peanuts, in addition to aloo, have apt textures?
3. Other Supporting Parameters
From frying to serving, how did we rate these frozen samosas on convenience? Do these samosas include chutneys? A ready to use pack of chutney will save your time and eliminate the need to make chutney at home or buy some separately.
For each contender, we noted the number of pieces and individually calculated the price per piece of the samosa. Considering the price of the samosa we get at farsaan walas, does it prove to be value for money?
How did we select the contenders for our frozen aloo samosa review?
We chose contenders offering frozen samosas with an Indian-style aloo stuffing for our review process. Frozen samosas with a veggie or cheese filling were not part of the review. Given this, Goeld and McCain were excluded from the review because their frozen samosas had veggies, pizza, or corn-cheese stuffing.
When choosing brands for the review, the size of the samosa was not a deciding factor.
Best Frozen Samosa – Review Process
Our review process for the best frozen samosa was a simple one. We followed the below mentioned steps to arrive at a fair conclusion :
- For deep-frying, we ensured that the temperature of oil was the same for all the contenders.
- We fried the samosas on low to medium heat.
- The samosas were deep-fried till the exterior turned golden brown.
Best Frozen Samosa – Detailed Review
Our detailed review experience with the four contenders has been explained in the following section :
1. Haldirams Punjabi Samosa
These samosas have lovely desi flavors. It is very fresh tasting and has no lingering industrial aftertaste. It is generously stuffed with peas and aloo. At no point, did we feel any empty pockets. The filling is precisely seasoned and is not too spicy making them apt for a larger number of audience. It does not feel chalky at any time and has a halwai-style touch to it.
Talking about the texture, the crispiness of the outer casing was something we truly loved. The crunch is perfect, and it doesn’t feel doughy at all. Furthermore, it did not absorb excess oil during frying. In terms of the flavors, the chutneys made a mark and tasted fresh.
This comes in a big sized box pack. All the samosas are securely placed in a large tray inside. It comes with two varieties of chutney: khatti meethi chutney and pudina chutney. These are again placed inside the tray.
A 650 gm pack holding 8 large pieces of the samosa is priced at Rs. 220. It has a shelf life of 18 months.
The main ingredients of all the three elements are detailed here :
Samosa : Potatoes (42%), Wheat flour (26%), Refined vegetable oil (cottonseed oil, water, green peas, Interesterified vegetable fat (palm oil), Salt, Spices (Coriander, cumin, red chilli powder, black pepper, turmeric, carom seeds, coriander leaves, green chilli, acidity regulator (citric acid – E300) and Asafoetida.
Khatti meethi chutney : Sugar (50%), Water, Dried mango slices, Salt, Red chilli powder, Ginger powder, and Spices (Coriander, Cumin, Black pepper, Cardamom, Clove and Cinnamon).
Pudina chutney : Coriander leaves, Water, mint leaves, Green chilli, Peanuts, Cashews, Salt, Black salt, Cumin, Fresh lime juice.
- Crisp outer casing.
- Well balanced desi flavors.
- No empty pockets.
- Value for money.
- Loved the fresh tasting chutneys.
Looking for a medium spicy, tasty frozen aloo samosa? We bet you will love Haldiram’s Punjabi Samosa.
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2. Prasuma Mini Samosa
These samosas are filled with a mixture of soft aloo, peanuts, and raisins. The outside casing is not doughy and becomes quite crispy when fried.
The warming touch of ajwain lends a beautiful flavor. These are further laced with desi masala flavor. The Thai sweet chilli sauce that comes with this pack does not pair well with the samosas. However, by itself it is extremely tasty.
Prasuma’s mini frozen samosas come in a plastic packet. They are directly placed inside. There is no tray holding the samosas.
A single pack of 8 pieces costs Rs. 195 which comes to around Rs. 24 per piece. These are not pocket-friendly considering the price of street-style samosas which is between 10 to 25 bucks. Definitely a premium category samosa. These have a shelf life of 12 months.
The main ingredients are : Refined wheat flour (maida), Water, Refined sunflower oil, Carom seeds, Potato, Green peas, peanuts, Garam masala, Cumin seeds, Fennel seeds, Coriander whole, Coriander powder, Red chilli powder, Turmeric powder, Coriander leaves, Salt, Raisin, and Amchur powder. Sweet chilli sauce: Sugar, Red chilli, Garlic, Water. Salt, Acidity regulator (INS260).
You can either deep-fry or air fry these samosas. There is no need to thaw these samosas.
- Well stuffed samosa.
- Crisps up well.
- Raisins and peanuts add a nice texture.
- Lovely desi masala flavor.
- Priced steeply considering the size of the samosa
These mini samosas are a quick fix to deal with untimely samosa cravings or for some tea-time evening snack.
3. ITC Master Chef Punjabi Samosa
These samosas have a typical desi flavor coming through the saunf and other masalas. The outer cover was slightly thicker as compared to normal dough.
Additionally, there are no chutneys that come with this, so you can pair this with your homemade chutney.
When we reviewed ITC Masterchef Samosa as a standalone product, the overall bite of these samosas was excellent. It had a crisp and flaky outer casing.
However, in our comparative analysis, these samosas missed the ideal texture quality we were hoping for. Haldiram’s Punjabi Samosa was noticeably better and thus scored higher in terms of flavor and texture.
These come in a black and green color packaging. It has a sealed tray pack inside wherein all the samosas are placed together. These do not include any chutneys or sauces.
The price of a 300 gm pack with 14 pieces is INR 160. The shelf life is 18 months. The main ingredients are : Vegetables (potato, green peas, green chilli), Refined wheat flour (maida), Refined sunflower oil, Mixed spices, Hydrogenated vegetable oil, Water, Iodised salt, Ginger paste, Curry powder, Black salt, Seasoning and Concentrated lemon juice (Used as flavoring agents).
You can either air-fry, bake or deep-fry these samosas.
- You can fry these using three methods.
- The filling has a desi masala flavor.
- There are no chutneys or sauces included.
- The casing is slightly thicker.
4. SAMOSSAY Samosa
When compared to the other contenders, this was the least flavorful samosa. The flavor of the filling was fairly average.
Despite the fact that all of the competitors were cooked at the same temperature, these broke open through the frying process. However, it is important to notice that it is not doughy.
These samosas come in a sealed tray pack. The pack has a cardboard sleeve at the top. There are 15 pieces in a 300 gm pack which is priced at Rs. 185. The price per piece comes to approximately around Rs. 12. It has a shelf life of one year.
The main ingredients are : Potato, refined wheat flour Vegetable oil, green peas, kishmish, garlic, ajwain, coriander leaf, red chilli powder, cardamom, coriander seeds, chaat masala, cumin, salt, methi, amchoor powder, ginger powder, turmeric powder, while cumin, green chilli, Permitted anticaking agent (INS551), and Permitted flavor enhancer (INS627, INS631). Also, it contains added flavor.
There is no need to thaw these samosas. You can directly fry them.
- These samosas are not doughy.
- Average tasting filling.
- The samosas broke apart during frying (despite the oil being at the same temperature like other contenders).
Our Top Picks & Recommendations
Out of four brands reviewed, we quite liked the following two. Haldiram’s Frozen Punjabi Samosa was our Top Pick as it had the freshest, tastiest aloo stuffing and the crunchiest outer casing. It is filled from end to end and replicates a typical halwai-style samosa.
We also recommend Prasuma’s Mini Samosa . It is a well stuffed samosa with a pleasing desi masala flavor. The peanuts and raisins popping in between adds a lovely texture here.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some interesting FAQs on best frozen samosa.
These are pre-cooked aloo samosas. You will have to deep fry/air fry them.
All the above frozen aloo samosa brands have a nice desi flavor. These are not overly spicy.
Yes. These are suitable for vegetarians.
Ideally, these samosas are meant to be deep-fried or air-fried. However, the frozen samosas by ITC Masterchef can also be baked.
The cooking time for these frozen aloo samosas will differ from brand to brand. Ideally, the samosas have to be fried till they turn golden brown. It is best to deep fry them on low-medium heat.
After reviewing four brands of frozen aloo samosas, we have found two worthy brands. As mentioned above, we recommend Haldiram’s Punjabi Samosa (Mishry Top Pick) and Prasuma’s Mini Samosa for its tasty filling, crisp outer shell (pastry) and flavorful chutneys.
Have you tried frozen samosas? Let us know your experience below.