Sunday, July 5, 2015

Scrumptious Samosa

Samosas the very popular South Asian triangular stuffed patties is one of the most popular snacks across the globe. It is prepared at homes and across restaurants and " mithai shops" in South Asia. The Savory Samosa have now travelled all over the world from the street caf├ęs in Paris to train station pastry shops in London and are also served as appetizers at strolling dinner parties in North America.
As a matter of fact samosas did not originate in Asia it did in the Middle East and Western China and travelers brought it to South Asia during the reign of Mughals.
Amir Khusro a scholar and the royal poet of the Delhi Sultanate, wrote in around 1300 that the princes and nobles enjoyed the "samosa prepared from meat, ghee and onions" during that time.
Ibn Battuta, the 14th-century traveler and explorer, describes a meal at the court of Muhammad bin Tughluq, where the samushak or sambusak, a small pie stuffed with minced meat, almonds, pistachio, walnuts and spices, was served.
The Ain-i-Akbari, a 16th-century Mughal document, mentions the recipe for samosa.
Samosa dough making and folding them in a perfect triangle is an art in India and Pakistan. In Bangladesh they are sold in very small bite sizes.
Street corners and sweet shops sell samosas and namak paras all year round.
It is believed that it's triangular shape was given to it by the Egyptians so they could dip it in their "qehwa" and eat.
On a personal note my son love samosas especially the big flaky ones, he used to call them " those triangular cookies" when he was a baby but still enjoys eating them.One of our family"s favorite restaurants in Michigan serve sweet samosas filled with strawberries with a tinge of chocolate syrup and fresh cream.