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Samosa Pinwheels

These savoury pinwheels with a vegetable samosa filling make a tasty picnic idea, snack or lunchbox filler. Loved by babies, toddlers, kids - and adults!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Cooling Time 20 mins
Total Time 48 mins
Course Lunch, Snack, Snacks | Lunchbox
Cuisine Indian
Servings 14 pinwheels
Calories 104 kcal


  • 1 medium potato, mashed approx 175-200g
  • 1 teaspoon oil olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 small carrot, finely grated
  • 35 g frozen peas defrosted
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala
  • pinch dried onion powder
  • pinch chilli powder optional
  • salt
  • 1 puff pastry sheet approx 160g in weight
  • 1 dsp nigella seeds optional


  • Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat and fry the grated carrot and peas for a couple of minutes, stirring often.
  • Add the mashed potato and cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the ground coriander, ground cumin, ground turmeric, garam masala, onion powder, chilli powder, if using, and salt. Stir well. Take off the heat and leave to cool for 20 minutes.
  • Using a hand blender, blend until smooth (although a few lumps of pea can remain).
    It will be very thick and sticky, but that it ok.
  • Preheat the oven to 190˚C fan/ 210˚C/ 374˚F
    Line a baking sheet with baking paper.
  • Spread the spicy potato mixture evenly over the puff pastry sheet – you may need to use your fingers as it can be quite thick.
  • Taking one side, carefully and tightly roll.
  • If using the nigella seeds, sprinkle them in an even layer over your chopping board, then gently roll the puff pastry roll in them to get an even coating all the way around.
  • Optional step: place in the fridge for 15 minutes this will make the pinwheels easier to cut.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut into 1 cm / .4" thick slices and lay them cut side down on the tray.
  • Place in the oven and cook for 18-20 minutes until lightly golden brown.
  • Cool for 10 minutes before serving.
  • Best served on the day they are made but can keep, covered in the fridge for up to 3 days.


Baby Led Weaning Pinwheels: You can half the amount of spices, or just use half the ground cumin and half the ground coriander if you prefer.
Pinwheels for Toddler: leave out chilli powder.
Spices: The potato mixture can smell quite fragrant when cooking in the pan, but the pastry absorbs some of this flavour and so the samosa filling isn’t overpowering.
Making Ahead: Although best eaten on the day they are made, you can keep these pinwheels in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
You can reheat them in a moderate oven (180˚C/ 356˚F) for 5-7 minutes, until heated through.
Freezing pinwheels: Freeze them in a container, placing baking paper inbetween the layers to stop them sticking together. Take out as many as you need. They take about an hour to defrost at room temperature.


Calories: 104kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 47mgPotassium: 31mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 747IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 3mgIron: 1mg
Keyword pinwheel recipe, puff pastry, puff pastry pinwheels, vegetarian samosa


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