SAMOSA KING OF INDIAN SNACKS
Nothing special about it? Well, 2 events in the last month caught my, evershifting attention. One, a UK based southasian cultural society celebrated 1st ever ‘London samosa week’ & two, a center for science & environment, India (CSE) reported that samosa is healtheir snack than burger. So, first of all, i gorged on a few samosa with green chutney to satiate by buds, before i could bring the focus back.
To celebrate cuisine from commonwealth countries in London, officially ‘London samosa week’ was launched from 9-13th april 2018. This brought forth the popularity of humble indian snack, among indian daispora onto national stage. The brainchild of london socialite & entrepreneur, Mr. Romail Gulzar , the idea is to make south asian delicacies, lesser known to general public be better known. Already indian curry, seekh kabab, paneer tikka etc are well received by public of different ethnic groups in UK.
The CSE having done tremendous workfor the public health & dietary habits , published a research report concluding that the deep fried indian samosa is healthier than fresh vegetable based western burger. Lets analyse, further.
A samosa , is a fresh hand made snack with different ingridients, as per local tastes wheras a burger is an industrial product. Both have primarily, potato filling encased in refined wheat flour. Though they differ in their preparation methodology, spices and chutney. What works against a samosa is that its deep fried hence adding more calorific fat wheras a burger has potato grilled with less oil with refined wheat being its baked casing sandwiching few cauliflower leaves . What works for samosa is that its freshly made with variation of spices & chutney, with sometimes paneer, veggies added whereas burger has preservatives & emulsifier , with high sugar tomato sauce, with a more or less standard taste.
But, how much fat is good or bad, for a normal person is a matter of endless debate and speculation. A lot of pseudo-science and popular nutrition advisors are available in the open market, with varying opinions. On any given Sunday, any food in moderation is good & bad in excess. A little bit of extra fat is good for growing up young bodies and a dash of preservative is preferable to stale food of dubious origins. Additives are well regulated in western markets, where most of the fast-food chains have originated. Unlike the eastern markets, where street vendors use bad quality & unhygienic reused oil.
All said and done, do not be a food fascist. Enjoy, the taste of all that is there to savour. Though, it perferable to be fresh, raw vegetable based in moderation, as far as possible. Hail, such efforts, as, by Romail gulzar and CSE to bring some long overdue respectability & love to samosa, officially. Long live samosa. I am going to grab another late afternoon bite.