Cheesy Samosa Jalapeno Poppers is an Indian twist to the favorite party appetizer. This is a vegetarian and gluten-free version made in the air fryer for the samosa lovers. Don't forget to check out the Halloween inspiration for these jalapeno poppers!
Peel the skin and mash the potatoes. Set aside for later.
Heat oil in a pan on medium heat. Add cumin seeds and fennel seeds. Once the seeds start to sizzle, add ginger, green chili and hing. Cook for about 30 seconds.
Add the boiled & mashed potatoes, green peas, salt, coriander powder, garam masala, dry mango powder and red chili powder. Mix everything well together and let it cook for 1-2 minutes on low heat.
Remove pan from heat and let the filling cool down a bit.
Assemble the Jalapeno Poppers
Slice the jalapenos in half, vertically, to create 2 halves per jalapeno. Remove the seeds and the inside of the jalapeno. No need to remove the stem (leave it out when enjoying the poppers). Make sure to use gloves or wash hands right after handling the jalapenos.
Stuff each of the jalapenos with the samosa stuffing mixture.
Press some grated cheese on top of the samosa filling.
Air Fryer Method
Load the poppers into the air fryer. Spray the poppers with cooking oil (this is optional). Close the air fryer.
Cook the poppers on 370F for 7-8 minutes. Remove from the air fryer and let them cool a bit before serving.
Drizzle some tamarind and mint cilantro chutney before serving.
Place the stuffed jalapeños on a baking sheet keeping space between each. Bake at 400°F for 10-12 minutes.
Boiling potatoes for this recipe: I love to use my instant pot to boil potatoes. You can boil them on the stovetop in a pot or in a stovetop pressure cooker. Filling variation ideas: You can also do a paneer or tofu scramble filling for these poppers. Here in these paneer puff pastry post, you can find the recipe for the paneer filling.Halloween variation: Use candy eyeballs and place 2 of them on each jalapeno. To keep the eyeballs still on the jalapeno, you can put a drop of chutney and place the eyeballs on it. Then make a funny nose with a small drop of tamarind chutney. Enjoy!