How Many Syns In A Samosa? Find Out Here!

Updated on 
29 May, 2022

Are Samosas Slimming World Friendly? - Our Syn Guide!

If you feel like having a quick snack, you might be tempted to grab a samosa, but these little triangle snacks might have more syns than you think.

How Many Syns In A Samosa?

Samosas have different syns according to the type you choose, but for a beef, samosa expects to use 4.5 syns for a small one, for a veggie samosa 4 syns and for a chicken samosa around 5-6 syns, these vary according to the size of the samosa that you choose, however. 

Down below in our guide, we will discuss why Samosas can be high in syns, some syn values of different samosas, other syn values of Indian takeaway items and a recipe for making your low syn samosas at home!

Why Can Samosas Be High In Syns?

For a small-sized samosa, you can expect to spend anything between 4-6 syns depending on the fillings, but for a large samosa, this syn value can quickly move up to 10 syns a samosa which is very high in syns, leaving just 5 syns in your allowance.

Samosas are typically high in syns due to the deep-frying process which happens in oil, this is what gives samosas their golden colour and crispy outer shell, but it's also what makes the samosa high in calories. For example, one Tesco vegetable samosa has 5 syns and up to 5g of fat, and nearly half a gram of sodium.

Syn Values Of Samosas

Samosas come in all sorts of fillings and sizes, meaning their syn values vary, but to help you get an idea of how many syns you might be spending, we've listed some syn values of different samosas down below.

  • Vegetable Samosa, Indian Takeaway - 4 syns.
  • Meat Samosa, Indian Takeaway - 4 syns.
  • M&S Large Vegetable Samosa 95g - 11.5 syns.
  • Sainsbury's On the Go 2 Vegetable Samosas 50g - 5.5 syns.
  • Tesco Vegetable Samosa 98g - 11 syns.
  • Tesco 4 Vegetable Samosas 216g - 5.5 syns.
  • Tesco 12 Mini Vegetable Samosas 216g - 2 syns.
  • M&S 4 Vegetable Samosas 120g - 3.5 syns.
  • Aldi Inspired Cuisine 4 Vegetable Samosas 220g - 7.5 syns.
  • Sainsbury's 4 Vegetable Samosas Side for 2 200g - 11.5 syns.
  • Lidl Chef Select 4 Vegetable Samosas 200g - 5.5 syns.
  • M&S Ready To Eat Chicken Tikka Samosa 110g - 13.5 syns.
  • Iceland 32 Vegetable Samosas 480g - 2.5 syns.
  • M&S 4 Lamb Samosas 200g - 7 syns.
  • Morrisons Vegetable Samosa 90g - 11 syns.
  • Waitrose & Partners Vegetable Samosa 110g - 13.5 syns.
  • Asda Starter 4 Vegetable Samosas 200g - 6.5 syns.
  • Co-op Vegetable Samosas 100g - 5 syns.
How Many Syns In A Samosa?

Syn Values Of Indian Takeaway Items/Snacks

Samosas can be very high in syns according to the size, having one as a starter to your Indian can add a lot of syns you might not be aware of, we've listed some syn values of other common Indian type takeaway items below so as you can know exactly what your eating.

  • Pilau Rice, Indian Takeaway - 26 syns.
  • Poppadoms, Indian Takeaway - 2 syns.
  • Indian Chapatti - 7.5 syns.
  • Plain Naan, Indian Takeaway - 10 syns.
  • Chicken Tikka Masala, Indian Takeaway - 8 syns for 100g.
  • Onion Bhaji, Indian Takeaway - 11.5 syns.
  • Lamb Rogan Josh, Indian Takeaway - 8 syns for 100g.
  • Garlic & Coriander Naan, Indian Takeaway - 13 syns a serving.
  • Mango Chutney, Indian Takeaway - 2 syns.
  • Chicken Jalfrezi, Indian Takeaway - 6 syns for 100g.
  • Tarka Dhal, Indian Takeaway - 8.5 syns for 100g.
  • Vegetable Pakora, Indian Takeaway - 4.5 syns.
  • Prawn Madras, Indian Takeaway - 6 syns.
  • Vegetable Biryani, Indian Takeaway - 8 syns.

How To Make Your Own SW Samosas

Learning that samosas can be high in syns might be disappointing if your following the SW plan, but one way to reduce syns is by making your samosas at home!

This samosa recipe below makes 18 samosas and have only 1 syn per samosa.


  • One red chilli chopped.
  • Spoon of curry powder.
  • 100g of frozen peas.
  • Three large filo pastry sheets.
  • Pinch of dried mango powder.
  • Three spoons of coriander.
  • 400g of potatoes.


  1. Begin by heating a pan with some low-calorie cooking spray, add your curry powder and mango powder then peas and potatoes and fry for about 5 minutes in total, take off the heat then add in your chilli and coriander.
  2. Heat your oven to gas mark 5, and line a baking tray. Take your filo sheets, lay them on top of each other then cut once in half width way and three cuts lengthways evenly spaces, this will make 18.
  3. Lay the strips out, spraying with your low cal spray, place a teaspoon of the mix on the strip then fold diagonally to make a triangle.
  4. Repeat, then bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until golden and crispy!

Final Words

Overall, samosas can have a high syn value according to their size and fillings, small samosas having around 4 syns and large ones have up to 12 syns, they are also high in fat due to their deep frying so should be eaten in moderation.

How Many Syns In A Samosa?

To keep syns low while enjoying samosas, we recommend opting for small veggie samosas or making your SW friendly ones with our recipe above which is only 1 syn each.

Jennifer is a certified nutritionist and weight loss coach with a Master's in Nutrition from Cambridge. With over 10 years experience, she shares healthy recipes and science-backed slimming tips on SheCooksSheEats to help people reach their wellness goals. Jennifer stays up-to-date by regularly attending conferences and continuing her nutrition education. She aims to provide research-backed advice to inspire balanced, happy living.
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