Samosa is one of the most popular tea-time, deep-fried snacks in India, and can be eaten all over the subcontinent. On travel to any corner of the country, you will find the pastry stacked up on the racks partitioned by the glass to ward off the flies. Though more popular in the North, you can order the savory just anywhere without any disappointment. It is making inroads into major fast-food chains and finds a place among the burgers and pizza in India. There is no food like this one to incite and tingle your taste buds and none that could satisfy cravings so quickly.
The triangle-shaped pastry retains the shape and color everywhere but the size changes. It is served piping hot with tea or soft drinks just any time of the day and provides stiff competition to Indian fritters or pakodas.
The big established samosa joints do a million Rupee business every year, and their taste and flavor have become a label. There is at least one shop in major towns which is well established dating back to fifty or hundred years. People flock to such shops in large numbers to snack on the savory that is unique, robust, and almost legendry. The food concept finds a place in many countries, and finding samosas being sold in Europe, the USA and Canada is not a big surprise. Some companies are making custom samosas that are factory processed, labeled, and hygienically packed to be sold locally or shipped elsewhere.
It finds a central place in the ubiquitous Chaat Stalls which are micro street food joints on hand-driven carts in India. Here the samosa is crushed on a plate spiced up with chutney and hot spices garnished with onions and herbs before being served. It costs much less than a burger or pizza but delights equally. And before you start to guess, let me tell you it is not a poor man's snack and is consumed by all strata of the society.