Savory Samosas from Seattle to the Eastside

A pair of hot and fresh samosas from Cedars on Brooklyn. Photo source.

It’s hard to go wrong with delicately fried pastry dough stuffed with spiced veggies and savory meats. That’s why we can’t dig into our favorite local Indian dishes without a samosa to whet our palates. No matter where you find yourself around our corner of the sound, make sure crispy appetizers and chutney await. Hint: these stops are sure to hit the spot.

Annapurna Cafe | 1833 Broadway | 206-320-7770

This cozy Capitol Hill lunch, dinner, and happy hour spot serves traditional favorites hailing from India, Nepal, and Tibet. Many of its best dishes are vegan or vegetarian, including the 2-piece Maharaja Samosa, which features spiced potatoes, peas, coriander, and cilantro tucked into a crispy fried pastry and served with fresh mint and tamarind chutneys for dipping.

Cedars | Multiple locations

Cedars offers authentic Indian bites at two Seattle dining rooms in the U-District and on Broadway. The Brooklyn Ave location boasts an extensive appetizer list with four samosa plate options: an a la carte pair with fresh mixed vegetables or spiced ground beef; the Cedar’s Surprise platter with a veggie samosa plus pakora, grape leaves, spinach pie, and more; the Tandoori Delight with your choice of samosa, chicken pakora, chicken tikka, and beef kabob; and the Vegetarian Delight with a veggie samosa plus two types of pakora, grape leaves, and more. At the Broadway location, nibble on a 2-piece order of the restaurant’s popular crispy vegetable samosas.

India Gate | 3080 148th Ave SE Suite 102 | 425-747-1075

For from-scratch Indian cuisine in Bellevue, look no further than India Gate. Vegetarians in need of a samosa fix will be delighted to discover several scrumptious meat-free options. Go for a pair of vegetable samosas stuffed with spiced potatoes and peas; the assorted vegetarian appetizer platter with two samosas and pakoras; or the samosa chaat -- a food cart-style pair of samosas with garbanzo beans, onions, tomatoes, and yogurt sauce. If dietary limits aren’t a concern, try the savory lamb samosa or the assorted non-vegetarian appetizer platter with both veggie and lamb samosas and pakoras.

Kanishka Cuisine of India | 16651 Redmond Way | 425-869-9182

Start your dinner with any of three samosa options at Redmond’s Indian hotspot. Whether you’re in the mood for veggie, lamb keema, or a vegetarian samosa chaat, you’re in good hands at this restaurant. Dinner is served from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 5 to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday.