These Are The Tastiest Dry Mini Samosas For Your Chai Time (2023)
Out of the four brands reviewed, Chaayos Mini Samosas was crowned the Top Pick as it aced the game in terms of both flavor and texture.
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Stuffed with lentils, nuts, raisins and a mélange of spices, dry mini samosas are a crispy accompaniment to your shaam ki chai.
With so many brands available in the market, we’re on the hunt for the best dry mini samosa in India. After tasting samosas from four popular brands, we chose Chaayos as our Top Pick for its flavor and crunch.
More information about our Top Pick and other contenders discussed in our Best Mini Samosa review.
Our Review Factors
What exactly were we looking for? We’re seeking a pack of samosas with a crispy outer shell and a flavorful filling.
To find the best mini samosa, we set the following parameters:
Mini samosas have a dry filling, often a combination of nuts and lentils. We looked at the overall seasoning to evaluate the taste. We also checked for any stale or undesirable flavor of fat, nuts, and raisins, if any.
Our checklist includes the following:
- Is the exterior shell crisp?
- Is the stuffing too dry?
- What is the thickness of the outer shell?
- Is the ratio of filling to outer shell appropriate?
3. Supporting Parameters
The packaging, pricing, shelf life and ingredients were some other parameters we observed and recorded.
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Our Review Process
We conducted a simple taste test to determine the best tasting and crunchiest dry mini samosa.
We only picked brands that were easily available online and offline.
The Best Mini Samosa – Detailed Review
All the details on the four brands we tested, their pros, cons, our experience and individual ratings is discussed in this section:
1. Chaayos – Mishry Top Pick
Chaayos is our Top Pick for two reasons: it was the crunchiest and most flavorful of all the brands we tried. These are bite-sized flavor bombs that are generously stuffed from end to end with no noticeable empty pockets.
The texture of the filling is not crumbly, as is typical of most dry samosas. The nuts – raisins and cashews – add a nice variation to the overall texture. We loved how well seasoned these are.
The best part was that the samosas retained their freshness even after 3 to 4 days. This is a plus because such snacks are usually not consumed all at once.
Chaayos mini samosas come in a premium-looking cylindrical yellow color carton. A 150 gm pack is priced at Rs. 139. The product has a 6-month shelf life.
Its main ingredients are – Refined Wheat Flour, Refined Palmolein Oil, Sugar, Interesterified Vegetable Fat (Blend of Palm Oil Palmolein Oil and Sesame oil), Gram Flour, Salt, Green Gram, Cumin, Coconut, Cashew, Raisin, Iodised Salt and Fenugreek Leaves.
- Freshness is retained.
- Generously stuffed.
- Crunchiest and most delicious of all.
- The nuts add a good texture contrast.
If you are looking for a flavorful and crisp dry samosa, Chaayos Mini Samosas is the best option to buy.
In comparison to our Top Pick, Jabsons Mini Samosas had a slightly thicker outer covering that was difficult to bite into. We have no complaints with the taste as the flavors were spot on. The filling is not dry on the inside, nor is it overly spicy.
A pack of 160 grams costs Rs. 70. The shelf life is 6 months. It comes in an orange resealable pack.
The main ingredients – Refined Wheat Flour (Maida – 45%), Bengal Gram, Refined Palm Oil Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Green Gram Splits, Cashew Nuts, Raisins, Fennel Seed, Coriander, Iodised Salt, Sugar, Red Chilli, Dry Mango Powder, Clove, Cumin, Nutmeg, and Anistar.
- Delicious filling.
- The clove gives a pleasing warmth.
- The samosa shell is a bit thick and hard to bite into.
First and foremost, the samosa’s outer shell has a desirable crispness. The filling of the samosa was comparatively lesser than expected. When it comes to the flavor, it is dominant on the heat of the spices – pepper, mace, clove, and ginger. Overall, it has a dominant khatta flavor followed by a warmth of spices. So why did it not win? In a comparative situation, this did not taste as good as our winner.
Bikaji’s Samosa is priced at Rs. 100 for a 400 gm quantity. It has a 5 month shelf life. The outer pouch pack is pink in color.
The main ingredients are: Refined Wheat Flour (50%), Edible Vegetable Oil (Palmolein Oil), Split Green Gram, Gram Flour, Potato Flakes, Cashew, Raisins, Sugar, Coriander, Ground Spices and Condiments (lodised Salt, Red Chilli, Dried Ginger, Clove, Nutmeg, Black Pepper, Long Pepper, Cardamom, Asafoetida, Cumin, Mace, Cinnamon, Fennel Seed, Bishop’s Seed, Dry Mango Powder, Black Salt, and Acidity Regulator (INS 330)).
- The outer shell is crunchy. Thumbs up!
- The filling is less in quantity.
- It is not as flavorful as other contenders.
If you do not like a khatta meetha dry samosa, this may be a good choice to try.
Haldiram’s Mini Samosa was the least favorite among others. This received a low rating primarily due to two factors: first, the outer covering was not crunchy. Second, the filling was less in quantity as compared to our winner.
Without a doubt, the stuffing had desirable flavors, with a pleasant warmth from mace and clove. This was also the only brand that included a pouch of tamarind sauce.
These mini samosas by Haldiram’s are priced at Rs. 65 (for a 200 gm pack). It has a non-resealable pouch packaging. The shelf life is 6 months. The pack also includes a small pouch of tamarind sauce.
Here are the main ingredients: Refined Wheat Flour (Maida), Refined Palmolein Oil, Split Pulse Moong (Moong Dal), Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Vanaspati), Refined Sugar, Potato Flakes, Bengal Gram Flour (Besan), Edible Common Salt, Cashew Nuts, Raisins Cumin, Red Chili Powder, Dried Mango Powder, Fennel Seed, Black Salt, Coriander, Black Pepper, Dried Ginger Powder, Clove, Bay Leaves, Nutmeg, Mace, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Acidity Regulator (INS 330) & Asafoetida.
The ingredients for the tamarind sauce are: Refined Sugar, Tamarind, Dates, Edible Common Salt, Black Salt, Red Chili Powder, Cumin Powder, Cinnamon, Acidity Regulator (INS 330), Preservative (INS 211) & (INS 202) & Thickener (INS 401).
- This includes a small pouch of the tamarind sauce.
- The sauce and stuffing are flavorful.
- The outside shell is not crispy.
- It has a low quantity of filling.
Our Top Picks & Recommendations
Why did we choose Chaayos Mini Samosas as our Top Pick?
Chaayos Mini Samosa had the crunchiest exterior and the most delectable filling. The texture was not crumbly, as is seen in many other dry samosas. We also liked how the nuts – raisins and cashews – add a pleasant texture diversity.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some interesting FAQs on Best Mini Samosa Review.
You can enjoy Haldiram’s mini samosa with pudina chutney, tamarind sauce or ketchup.
Bikaji mini samosas are available and can be ordered from online portals such as Amazon, BigBasket, flipkart. Additionally, these can also be purchased from Bikaji official website.
Yes. All the above four brands are vegetarian.
Yes, absolutely! These can be enjoyed with a hot cup of tea or coffee.
No, these samosas cannot be labeled as healthy.
Among the four brands tested and reviewed, we got one CLEAR winner. Chaayos Mini Samosas shines in every element of flavor and texture. The generous amount of flavorful filling with a crisp outer shell makes it a perfect tea-time snack partner.
What is your favorite teatime dry snack?