What Are Samosas

A samosa is a fried or baked pastry with a savoury filling, such as spiced potatoes, onions, peas, cheese, beef and other meats, or lentils. It may take different forms, including triangular, cone, or half-moon shapes, depending on the region.

Where are samosas originally from?

The samosa originated in the Middle East and Central Asia. This is one food that has travelled far and wide, and like any popular traveller has left its footprints along the way. From Egypt to Libya and from Central Asia to India, the stuffed triangle with different names has garnered immense popularity. Originally named samsa, after the pyramids in Central Asia,

Types Of Samosas

Meat samosas are also common in North India and Pakistan, with minced beef, lamb, and chicken being the most popular fillings. Paneer is another popular filling in northern India.

Samosas are served hot, and usually eaten with fresh chutney such as mint, carrot, or tamarind. In Punjabi households, ‘dhabas’, and street stalls, samosa is served with a chick pea curry called ‘channa’.

Another popular variation in Indian street food is the Samosa Chaat. The samosa is topped with yoghurt, tamarind chutney, finely chopped onions, and masala. The contrasting flavours, textures and temperatures are sensational.

Street food gastronomes, particularly in Mumbai and Maharashtra, are familiar with the Samosa Paav. This is a samosa served in a fresh bun or bap, and it is like an Indian samosa burger.