Never hurt a Samosa’s feelings by telling it no. They too have fillings inside.Unforgivably bad pun
If you’ve never had one of these delicious little pockets of goodness, you’re certainly missing out. Here is the first and most important thing you need to know about Samosas: they are a delightfully fried dish filled with onions, peas, potatoes, cheese, beef or lamb, or any of a myriad of other fillings.
Samosas have become increasingly popular in the US, and World Samosa Day encourages you to try them out if you’ve never had them, no matter where you’re from. Let’s take a look at the history of these delicious little pouches of culinary love!
History of World Samosa Day
Samosas find their origins somewhere in the Middle East, and historians estimate that this was at some time prior to the 10th century. At some point a few hundred years later, during the 13th or 14th century they were brought by traders to India, where it quickly became an incredibly popular food.
To this day Samosas can be found in family homes, at fancy or casual restaurants, and even from roadside vendors where they are fried fresh in vegetable oil. Their shell is prepared using wheat or maida flour, and they are then stuffed with a traditional mashed potato, onions, green peas, and various regional spices that make it absolutely delicious. To make it even more perfect, vendors tend to serve it with a bit of mint, coriander, and tamarind. These tasty treats have become particularly enjoyable during the month of Ramadan, the religious observation of Islam.
Interestingly, if for those who are wanting a spicier rendition of the Samosa, they shouldn’t actually go to India. Instead indulge in a Pakistani-inspired blend of ingredients. In Pakistan, Samosas are primarily filled with vegetable ingredients, but the locals enjoy them with a particularly vibrant punch of spices, especially in the southern Sindh province or Eastern Punjab.
Of course, Pakistan is also the place to go for those who enjoy Samosas so much that they want them in jumbo size! In this case, it’s necessary to stop over in Faisalabad, where they are made in what are considered unusually large sizes.
However, the absolute largest Samosa in the world that set the Guinness World Record in 2017, weighing in at 153 kg (335 pounds), was made in a London mosque as a way to bring awareness to a charity. Now that’s one way to celebrate World Samosa Day!
How to Celebrate World Samosa Day
Getting involved with World Samosa Day can be loads of fun! Try out these ideas for celebrating or come up with some of your own:
Eat Some Delicious Samosas
World Samosa Day is best celebrated by indulging in these delicious fried foods. Their flavor is incredible and there is little else that is as satisfying as biting into a warm samosa and feeling the delicious fillings settling in your stomach comfortably. Many people find the seasonings used to be particularly agreeable, and think that samosas are the perfect addition to almost any meal.
Learn How to Make Samosas At Home
This deep-fried pastry with spicy filling really isn’t that difficult to make. Start by boiling the potatoes. While they are cooking, make the dough using all-purpose flour, caraway seeds, and some oil.
Mix up the dough with your hands for several minutes, until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs (the same as for making a pie crust). Form a ball out of the dough and let it rest for 30 minutes before rolling it out.
In the meantime, cook up the spices in some oil, including whole cumin, ginger, and diced green chiles. At this point, the option of adding chopped cashews to the recipe can be a fun one! Now, get ready to add the spices, such as chili powder, garam masala, cumin powder, salt, fennel powder, and other optional spices according to taste.
Once the dough is chilled, knead it, divide it into separate portions and then roll it out into circles. Cut the circles in half, roll them into cones, fill, and close up the edge. The trick to getting the dough to stick to apply water to the edges to create a seal.
Deep fry them in hot oil and then get ready to enjoy delicious, homemade samosas!
Throw a Samosa Party
Grab some friends, neighbors, coworkers or family members and gather together to have a party that is completely dedicated to celebrating Samosa Day! Of course, the theme should be around the idea of Samosas, with decorations, music and even costumes that honor the cultural history of this tasty little treat, perhaps from India or Pakistan.
Of course, the main food served would need to be Samosas of all varieties and flavors. In fact, guests could possibly even have the pleasure of making the food.
In addition, dessert samosas should certainly be on the menu. Try sweet fillings such as cinnamon cheesecake, mango, or Nutella and coconut. A delicious way to end a Samosa Day party with something delightfully sweet for the palate.
Whether they are preferred when prepared hot and spicy, small and mellow, or large and in charge, World Samosa Day is just the perfect opportunity to indulge in all of those delicious options for flavors. Now get out there and eat them all!