There’s a new appliance on the market, and it’s turning a restaurant favourite into an easy at-home snack. ALDI just launched a $39.99 samosa maker which can cook 24 samosas in minutes with shoppers already giving it rave reviews. But, how does it compare to Kmart’s sold-out $25 samosa maker? Here’s our review.
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ALDI Ambiano samosa maker review
This item is currently retailing for $39.99 as part of ALDI’s Special Buys and is available while stocks last.
Ambiano is a trademark ALDI kitchen appliance brand behind some of the budget supermarket’s most popular products, including air fryers, stand mixers and cooking plates. The ALDI Ambiano samosa maker features automatic temperature controls, and a non-stick cooking surface and can make up to 24 samosas at one time.
The ALDI Ambiano samosa maker has also received rave reviews each time it has been released, with many shoppers describing it as ‘amazing’ and giving results ‘better than you would get in a restaurant.’ Those who’ve purchased the ALDI model also expressed their happiness at the machine’s ability to make more than just samosas, with some cooking cakes, cupcakes and triangular pies. However, there were a few mentions of the appliance’s failure to completely seal the samosas and an issue with the locking latch.
Kmart Anko samosa maker review
This item is sold out and will not be restocked, according to Kmart.
Kmart quietly released this samosa maker by its home and lifestyle brand Anko earlier this year (now sold out). It features non-stick plates, variable temperatures between 150°C-180°C, and makes up to 24 samosas at one time. Other notable features include a cool touch handle, skid-resistant feet, power on and ready temperature lights, overheat protection, and upright storage. Unlike its ALDI counterpart, the Kmart Anko samosa maker retailed for $25, which is nearly half the price! The Kmart samosa maker has some solid reviews online, with users labelling it ‘nothing short of a game changer’ and ‘perfect.’
Samosa maker comparison table
So, what’s the difference between the two brands? Well, not much aside from price. The comparison table below looks at the two brands’ most significant features.
|ALDI Ambiano Samosa Maker||Kmart Samosa Maker|
|Automatic temperature control||Variable temperatures between 150°C-180°C|
|Non-stick plates||Non-stick plates|
|Able to cook a variety of baked goods||Able to cook a variety of baked goods|
|One-year manufacturer warranty||One-year manufacturer warranty|
|Retail price: $39.99||Retail Price: $25|
Should you buy the ALDI or Kmart samosa maker?
- The ALDI samosa maker is available now for $39.99 as part of the supermarket’s Special Buys.
- The Kmart samosa maker is currently sold out and will not be restocked.
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How do you make samosas in a samosa maker?
Making samosas in a samosa maker is easy as pie! As a huge added benefit (and unlike the traditional method of deep frying) samosas made in a dedicated maker are cooked with very little oil.
Here’s how it works:
- Lay your first sheet of pastry out across the plates, fitting it snugly into the divots
- Top up the divots with a filling of your choice. You can find many excellent samosa recipes online, but we’ve listed a pretty classic one for you below
- Lay your second sheet of pastry over the filling, and close the lid
- Lock your samosa maker in place, and cook for the suggested time
Please note: depending on the machine, the pastry and how long you have cooked the samosas, you may need to use a tool to separate the samosas once they are cooked. Be careful not to scratch the non-stick surface as this will strip it of its non-stick properties.
Classic samosa recipe*
Whipping up a round of samosas isn’t difficult, and you may even already have the ingredients in your cupboard or fridge. Here is a pretty classic samosa recipe, but feel free to mix it up and throw in whatever flavours, spices, and vegetables you fancy.
Ingredients you’ll need:
- 4 potatoes
- 1 cup of green peas
- 1/3 teaspoon of cumin seeds
- 1 tablespoon of ginger
- 2 green chillies, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon of garam masala
- ½ teaspoon of fennel powder
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- Boil the potatoes and mash them
- Steam the peas
- Fry the spices alongside the ginger and the chilli
- Mix the spices, ginger and chilli in with the peas and potato
- Let the mixture cool. Once cool, spoon into pastry and lay another sheet of pastry over the top
- Close your samosa maker lid and let the magic happen
Note: follow the cooking directions supplied in your samosa maker instructions manual. Cooking times generally vary between three and five minutes.
What pastry can you use in a samosa maker?
You can use whatever pastry base you like best, whether it’s store-bought or homemade. Popular pastry dough you can use in a samosa maker include:
- Choux (used in profiteroles and eclairs)
What sort of pastry you choose will depend on the type of snack you’re making – just be careful not to mix up your sweet with the savoury!
What can you cook in a samosa maker?
The world is truly your oyster when it comes to a samosa maker. Think of it like a little oven, that delivers a perfect crisp every time. Don’t be limited to samosas − crack out your machine to create goodies such as cakes, cupcakes, mini calzones, doughnuts, tiny toasties, and triangular profiteroles.
With so many options at your fingertips, investing in a samosa maker is a great decision for a burgeoning baker or chronic snacker. No matter which brand or appliance you choose, always make sure to read the warranty and instructions manual carefully, and you can look forward to enjoying a lifetime of homemade goodies.
*Recipe adapted from Recipe Tin Eats.