Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  152
  • Protein  6 g
  • Carbohydrates  14 g
  • Fat  8 g
  • Cholesterol  15 mg
  • Sodium  83 mg
  • Potassium  88 mg
  • Phosphorus  56 mg
  • Calcium  13 mg
  • Fiber  0.5 g


Savor the flavors of America’s melting pot with Tahseen, a DaVita renal dietitian from Florida. After living all over the world and sampling dishes from many cultures, Tahseen shares her recipes for Chinese Five Spice from China and Garam Masala from India. Today she shares a kidney-friendly recipe for Samosa, a popular snack from India that includes Garam Masala for low sodium seasoning.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Tahseen from Florida.

Portions: 24     Serving size: 1 Samosa


  • 1/4 cup onion
  • 1 teaspoons ginger root
  • 2 tablespoon cilantro
  • 1/2 cup frozen green peas
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil plus oil for deep frying
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon  Garam Masala
  • 1 pound  ground beef
  • 24 spring roll pastries (1 packet)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose white flour
  • 2 teaspoons water


    1. Chop onion; finely chop ginger root and cilantro. Set green peas out to thaw.
    2. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a large skillet, over medium heat. Add onion, ginger root, coriander, pepper and Garam Masala.
    3. Add the ground beef and cook until it is no longer pink. Drain fat.
    4. Add green peas and cook until the mixture is dry. Add cilantro and stir.
    5. Mix 1 tablespoon of flour with enough water to make a thin paste.
    6. Roll out pastry on a floured board. Put 2 tablespoons of the beef mixture in the center of the pastry and fold over. Seal edges with a paste of flour and water.
    7. Heat oil for deep frying and fry pastries until golden brown.  

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1/2 meat
  • 1 starch
  • 1/2 fat 

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Egg roll wrappers or filo dough can be used instead of spring roll pastry if desired.
  • For a lower fat version you can bake the Samosa on a greased baking sheet instead of frying.
  • Instead of beef try ground turkey or pork for variety. 

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TLJ911 says:


These were really good. Added some fresh chopped garlic and more Garam Masala. Would make again

Dec. 31, 2012, 4:16 PM - Inappropriate review?


cher183001 says:


Of couse, cher183001 has some more ingredients to add to the rest! YOU NEED 1 tsp finely of chopped garlic to really get the right taste. I also use 1/2 tsp saffron threads (soaked in water for about 10 minutes, and add it when you are cooking the meat. I'm going to get you all to try very spice in the worlfd. Saffron threads are pretty expensive, but you can just go to the store, and see what saffron threads look like if nothing else. Saffron threads are the orange red dried stigama of a flower from the crocus family. If you can only get powdered saffron, only use half of the above (1/8 tsp) amount suggested. Cheryl Myers cher183001.

May. 20, 2011, 7:15 AM - Inappropriate review?

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