Samosa

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Samosa
Samosachutney.jpg
Indian Samosa with Chutney
Origin
Alternative name(s) Samsa, somsa, sambosak, sambusa, samoosa, singada, samuza
Region or state Indian Subcontinent, Central Asia, Western Asia, Horn of Africa, North Africa, South Africa
Details
Main ingredient(s) Maida or plain flour, potato, onion, spices, green chili, cheese, meat

Samosa is an popular snack originally from India.[1] It is famous in the Indian subcontinent as well as Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Southwest Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, the Mediterranean, the Horn of Africa, North Africa, as well as South Africa.

It is generally prepared in the shape of a triangle, however, the shape and sizes tend to vary from region to region.[2] It can be either baked or fried and has an outer hard crust made of plain flour. It usually has a filling of potatoes and spices.[3] It is usually eaten with a spicy sauce called chutney.

It is commonly available in canteens, sweet shops and is also prepared at home.

Samosa can be vegetarian or non-vegetarian.

Origins[change | edit source]

It is believed to have originated from the Central and West Asia. The word samosa originates from the Persian word sanbosag.[4]

Language Name
Marathi Samosa
Urdu Sambusak
Turkish samsa böreği
Oriya Shingada
Bengali Sing-ra
Persian Samuza

References[change | edit source]

  1. Padgaonkar, Dileep (25 September 2011). "Anyone for a samosa?". The Times of India. http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-09-25/food-reviews/29769547_1_samosas-mauritius-indian-origin. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  2. "Nigerian Samosas". AvartsyCooking. http://www.avartsycooking.com/2011/09/nigerian-samosas/. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  3. Dalal, Tarla. Non-Fried Snacks. Sanjay & Co. p. 12. ISBN 978-81-89491-82-6. http://books.google.com/books?id=QIaciznm6J4C&pg=PA12. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  4. Duggal, Girija (23 August 2008). "Lovely triangles". Hindustan Times. http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/333083.aspx. Retrieved 22 June 2012.