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This week’s recipe is… Samosa Wraps with Mango Chutney!
This week’s recipe is one of our most exciting foods: Samosa Wraps with Mango Chutney! This delicious wrap is made with potatoes, peas, spices, and the mango chutney is made with red onion and spices. And of course, the delicious samosa is wrapped in a large tortilla. In this delicious wrap is something known as ground fennel seeds. Ground fennel seeds add a sweet grassy flavor with small hints of anise and licorice. Traditionally in India fennel seeds are toasted to bring out their flavor where they are then grounded to be used in an assortment of dishes… including samosas! But what is fennel exactly?
Fennel is a flowering plant species which belongs to the carrot family. It’s a hardy herb with yellowish flowers and thin feather-like leaves. You can most often find this plant on the shores of the Mediterranean but has spread to many other parts of the world.
Now that we know a little more about the ingredients in a samosa, let’s talk about what kind of meal a samosa is. A samosa can be eaten as an appetizer, entre, or as a snack. But the type of dish a samosa is considered is known as a Merienda. A merienda is a light meal. This type of dish originated from southern Europe, as well as throughout the Philippines and Central America. That’s a lot of info! Are you ready to dive into the history of samosas? Alright, let’s go!
Unlike many of our other dishes, samosas do not originate in Italy! Instead, samosas are believed to have originated in the Middle East where instead of being known as samosas, they are known as sambosas! However, like many of our dishes, this meal was first prepared by royal chefs for nobility. According to history, the samosa was first made somewhere between the years 1253 and 1325. These samosas were made from onion, ghee, meat, and other ingredients. It is believed that around the 13th or 14th century, samosas were introduced to the Indian subcontinent by traders from Central Asia.
Now that we know a little bit more about where samosas originated, how about vegetarian samosas? Well it is belived that vegetarian samosas originated in Uttar Pradesh. Uttar Pradesh is a state in northern India, where it’s city, Agra, is home to the one and only Taj Mahal monument.
Question: Which day is World Samosa Day?
Answer: World Samosa Day fall on the 5th of September!
Question: When was the first World Samosa Day?
Answer: The very first world samosa day was on September 5th, 2016. This makes world samosa day a relatively new day of celebration!
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