How To Make Samosas: A Class At Chai Street, Cardiff Bay

I’m a big Eastenders fan, but I’ve never had it down as the kind of programme that would leave me drowning in my own drool. Until recently, that is, when Masood Ahmed became caught up in an offbeat samosa storyline that saw him learning how to make samosas using his aunt Mariam’s recipe, and selling them in Ian Beale’s chip shop. Sadly, Masood’s samosa venture didn’t last very long after Ian’s mum, Kathy, found out about it and reprimanded him. With a bit of persuasion, she agreed to a bet that traditional fish and chips would sell better than Masood’s samosas. When the samosas attracted a queue of people leading out the door, however, Kathy sabotaged them with hot chilli sauce and the samosa storyline went quiet. No matter how hard I tried, though, I just couldn’t stop thinking about Masood’s samosas and it left me longing to master the art of making these authentic Indian street food snacks for myself.

So, when Portia from Pip and the City invited me to join her in learning how to make samosas in a cookery class at Chai Street Indian restaurant in Cardiff Bay recently, I jumped at the opportunity.

How to make samosas: samosa dough and fillings arranged on a plate.

Credit: Portia Jones, Pip and the City

Arriving at Chai Street, we were invited to take a seat alongside the other workshop attendees and handed a refreshing glass of homemade lemonade, which was almost like a non-alcoholic mojito. On our table, we found a flyer featuring a detailed recipe and instructions on how to make samosas with a vegetarian Punjabi filling.

A brief demo by the chefs during the class in how to make samosas at Chai Street, Cardiff

Credit: Portia Jones, Pip and the City

The class kicked off with a brief demonstration from one of the chefs. To save time, the samosa fillings had been prepared beforehand. Meanwhile, the dough was formed from plain flour, carom seeds, vegetable oil, salt and water, while the vegetarian Punjabi filling consists of various spices, coriander, boiled potatoes, red onion, chillies and a drop of oil. We were in for a real treat on the night, however, as the chefs had prepared two more fillings for us to stuff our samosas with, including minced lamb and, if I remember rightly, a cashew and pea mixture.

Learning how to make samosas at Chai Street, Cardiff - stuffing the samosas

Credit: Portia Jones, Pip and the City

After showing us how to make samosa dough, stuff the samosas with fillings and assemble them, the Chai Street team handed each of us three flat triangles of rolled out samosa dough, along with the three different fillings. It was then up to us to stuff and seal our samosas, before sending them back to the kitchen for frying. Luckily, we had some piping hot chai tea on hand to calm our nerves.

How to make samosas - sealing the samosas

Credit: Portia Jones, Pip and the City

It certainly was a lot trickier than it looked, and after my first samosa began falling apart at the seams (quite literally), I decided it was time to enlist the help of the chef. There is definitely a knack to making samosas. You have to wet the longest side of the triangular dough with some cold water, and then fold the two other sides over each other to form a cone that you can stuff with filling. Then, you wet the top edge of the dough and fold it downwards, pinching the edges together to seal the samosa.

Homemade samosas with mint raita and tamarind chutney

Credit: Portia Jones, Pip and the City

After our samosa’s had been fried off, it was time for my favourite part of any cookery class – tucking in! My finished samosas weren’t exactly perfect – or even triangular for that matter – but it’s what’s on the inside that counts, right? These crispy, spicy little morsels were the most scrumptious samosas I’ve ever tasted – they were even better than the samosas I sampled during my time in India in 2016!

Fancy learning how to make samosas? Tickets for Chai Street’s samosa-making workshop are currently priced at £11.99 per person (£13.15 inc Eventbrite booking fees) and the restaurant will soon be announcing new dates for its future workshops, so keep an eye on the Chai Street website and social media channels for further details.

Do you know how to make samosas? Would you like to learn one day?

I was invited to Chai Street's samosa-making class as a guest of fellow blogger, Portia of Pip and the City and as such I was not obliged to write about this event, but chose to do so because I genuinely enjoyed it.


  1. March 6, 2018 / 2:52 pm

    These sound so much fun to make. I love to eat them, I think it could be so much fun to try making them too.

    • March 8, 2018 / 3:16 pm

      Making them is fun, but you’re right – eating them is definitely the best bit! 😉

  2. March 6, 2018 / 7:59 pm

    I would love this kind of lesson, as i am pretty much self-taught in the kitchen. Sounds like it was fun x

    • March 8, 2018 / 3:15 pm

      I absolutely adore attending cookery classes. I love picking up new tips and tricks that I can try out myself at home.

  3. March 6, 2018 / 8:56 pm

    Gaaaaahhh, I do love a good samosa although frankly I never thought of ever making them (I mean I can’t cook for shi….). Those looks so crunchy though!!!

    • March 8, 2018 / 3:14 pm

      I had never thought of making them – until I saw Masood’s samosas on Eastenders and attended Chai Street’s samosa-making class, that is!

  4. March 7, 2018 / 3:07 am

    I’m from India, and samosas are just about everywhere here. I’m chuffed to hear that you learnt how to make them! Great post! 🙂

    • March 8, 2018 / 3:12 pm

      I miss my time in India – the food was a real highlight for me!

  5. March 7, 2018 / 10:22 am

    oooh, I’d love to make my own Samosas but for some reason I have never been brave enough. looks super easy though.

    • March 8, 2018 / 3:11 pm

      It’s great fun! It would be good to get some friends together and have a go at it.

  6. March 7, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    I’m impressed, your samosas look pretty good! This sounds like a lot of fun and your story about Masood in Eastenders is very entertaining

    • March 8, 2018 / 3:11 pm

      Haha, glad you liked it Susan. I hope Eastenders pick that storyline back up as it was a real hit with the viewers. They ran it at the same time as the big heist storyline and some viewers preferred the samosa storyline!

  7. March 8, 2018 / 8:45 am

    I can’t express in words how hungry this has made me!!!

  8. March 8, 2018 / 11:01 am

    I absolutely love Samosa, and it is one of the things I miss from where I used to live. My sister-in-law and I would take the bus just to go to our favourite shop to buy them. So when I moved 240 miles away, with no alternative shop within an hour of where we live, I was unimpressed. I had to learn how to make my own, and luckily for me, it is something my son loves to make for me when he is home. So tasty, and something you can easily adapt to tastes.

    • March 8, 2018 / 3:07 pm

      That sounds like a very worthwhile journey! Shame you had to move away, but how lovely to have learnt how to make your own samosas as a result!

  9. March 8, 2018 / 11:10 am

    I love samosas but with my cookery skills I doubt I’d come up with ones as good as yours. I’ll stick to the eating I think.

    • March 8, 2018 / 3:06 pm

      I’m sure you’d have fun trying Linda 😀

  10. March 8, 2018 / 12:52 pm

    Ahhh it doesn’t matter about the shape of the samosas – it is most definitely about how they taste!

    • March 8, 2018 / 3:06 pm

      Definitely 🙂 They were mouthwatering!

  11. March 8, 2018 / 3:48 pm

    Great job in making your own samosas! This made me crave.

    • March 10, 2018 / 7:50 pm

      Thank you! Hopefully with practice, I’ll become perfect at it 😉

  12. March 9, 2018 / 1:56 pm

    ah we visited hear when we visited Cardiff a few months back! Can’t wait to go again! x

    • March 10, 2018 / 7:47 pm

      Oh, so glad you had a good experience here 🙂 Everyone has a good thing to say about Chai Street.

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