Flaky crust for samosas

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12 samosas
Author Connie Veneracion


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening (the solid kind, available in groceries and baking supply stores)
  • 1/4 cup water


  • In a bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder.
  • Cut the shortening into small pieces and add to the flour mixture.
  • Using your fingers, rub the shortening with the flour mixture until the texture resembles uncooked oatmeal.
  • Pour in the water, a third at a time, while mixing the dough with your hand. When all the water has been poured in, gather the dough into a ball and transfer to the work surface. Knead for five minutes until lightly elastic.
  • Wrap in cling film and leave to rest at room temperature for at least half an hour.