The samosa is a preferred snack in North and Central India. It is popular all over the country and is made using wide variety of recipes. Samosa is a potato filled snack made by mixing potato mash with wide variety of spices, green or red chilly, pepper corns, garlic and ginger. For non vegetarians chicken, beef or mince meat replaces potato.
The amazing snack comes in mind boggling varieties and is characteristic flavor of each distinct region, town, city, shop and restaurant. The essential wrapping is wheat dough, folded into a triangle shape with all the goodies inside. This wrapping is universal and so is the shape but the size differs. Once the raw snack is prepared it is deep fried in large pans or kadhai as it is known in Hindi.
The accompaniment is usually green or tamarind chutney and often tomato ketchup in homes. Some times a splash of curd, dash of onion or chick pea curry is added to eat. It is often served in "Dona" - conical cup made of leaf palas leaf. Hygienic and biodegradable this container is on the way being replaced by plastic plates etc. This is sad since the leaf container is by all means eco friendly and cheap.
The goody is available everywhere in North and Central India from tea shops to sweet vendors, chaat wallahs and chai wallahs on hand cart. You can even find them in modern stores albeit packed.
The samosa tastes hot and spicy mellowed a bit by the potato mash filling.But it could taste the way it is made of red hot chilly, peppery, garlic, ginger and a tongue tingling mix of masalas. The nutrition value is zero but ask someone to stop eating. Or stop your self from eating one. The doctors eat one too many.
The samosa is eaten for breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner or as in between snack. For the addicts it is any time. Who cares!