What are “Samosas”?

Samosas are a popular snack and appetizer, originating from the Indian subcontinent, and widely enjoyed in various parts of the world including South Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and beyond. They are typically triangular-shaped pastries with a savory filling, which can include spiced potatoes, onions, peas, lentils, ground meat (like lamb, beef, or chicken), and sometimes even noodles or other ingredients depending on the regional variations. The outer shell is made from a thin dough, usually wheat-based, which is then deep-fried to a golden brown, resulting in a crispy outer layer with a hot and flavorful filling.

Samosas are often served with chutneys or sauces, such as mint, tamarind, or coriander sauce, adding an extra layer of flavor. They are a staple at many gatherings, celebrations, and street food stalls, beloved for their delicious taste and portability. The versatility of the samosa has led to numerous variations, both in terms of fillings and preparation methods, making them a global favorite that can cater to a wide range of dietary preferences and tastes.


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