Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018 | Last Update : 11:21 PM IST

Lucknow wakes up to World Samosa Day

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Sep 6, 2017, 2:02 am IST
Updated : Sep 6, 2017, 2:02 am IST

The Pakistani version of the samosa, according to culinary experts, is much spicier, filled with onions, and comes in jumbo sizes.

A local bakery is now selling baked samosas that are less of samosas and more of patties for the health freaks.
 A local bakery is now selling baked samosas that are less of samosas and more of patties for the health freaks.

Lucknow: It’s morning as usual on Tuesday and as the sun wore on a mad rush for samosas—the quintessential Indian snack—began in the city. .Though samosas have been a staple part of the Indian diet, few knew that September 5 was celebrated as World Samosa Day.

A banner declaring the World Samosa Day came up in a locality in the old Lucknow area and word spread faster than fire about the event through social media. Shahid Iqbal, who put up the banner, said, “I discovered the World Samosa Day on Google while I was surfing on the Internet and decided to make everyone aware. I am happy that people have responded to my banner.”

Raju, a worker at the famous Sharma tea stall in Lalbagh, said, “We had the usual stock of samosas, but after 10 am, there was mad rush like never before. We could not understand the reason, until one of the buyers told us it was World Samosa Day. Then we replenished our stocks and by evening we sold thrice the amount of our usual sales.” The stall sells only samosas, buns and tea and is one of the most famous samosa joint in Lucknow.

Several other tea stall owners also claimed a spurt in sales on Tuesday and many of them did not even known the reason for the increased rush of customers. Talking about variations of a samosa, deputy manager of a five star hotel, Shabahat Hussain, said, “There are more than 14 variations of samosa in Lucknow and the difference lies in their filling. From spicy potato to diced and fried potato to urad dal and moong dal fillings, the samosa can be experimented in various ways. For non-vegetarians, there are keema samosas and chicken samosas.”

A local bakery is now selling baked samosas that are less of samosas and more of patties for the health freaks.

Also, local sweet shops have started selling sweet samosas, filled with ‘khoya’ and dry fruits and coated with sugar. Some of the samosas — they are available in select outlets — can last up to a month as the filings are fried.

For those who think that samosa is an essentially India snack, here comes a surprising revelation. The history of the samosa dates back to the 14th century in the Middle East where the first samosa was made.

The Pakistani version of the samosa, according to culinary experts, is much spicier, filled with onions, and comes in jumbo sizes.

Tags: world samosa day