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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Repeat, then bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until golden and crispy!
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.
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.