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A samosa (Urdu: سموسہ) is a fried or baked pastry with savory fillings, such as spiced potatoes, onions, peas, lentils and sometimes ground lamb, ground beef or ground chicken. During Ramadan these days a samosa is a cherished treat at Iftaar افطار (when Muslims open fast). The samosa originated in the Middle East (where it is known as sambosa) prior to the 10th century. They were introduced to South Asia (Pakistan) during the Muslim Delhi Sultanate when cooks from Middle East and Central Asia migrated to work in the kitchens of the Sultan and the nobility. Its size and consistency may vary, but typically it is distinctly triangular or tetrahedral in shape. Pakistani samosas are often accompanied by a mint sauce or chutney.
Samosas are a very popular Pakistani snack and can probably be found anywhere in the world these days! They’re a lovely snack for a cold day when you’re just a little more than nibbly and a little less than hungry. The recipe below should make between 15-18 samosas.