Celebrate World Samosa Day on September 5 with friends and family. Samosa is very popular in India. But the samosa did not originate in India, where it gained immense popularity. Samosas originated in the Middle East sometime before the 10th century. It was brought to India by traders around the 13th and 14th centuries. But now in India samosa is sold from fancy restaurants to roadside vendors. Now samosa has become a favorite snack food not only in India but all over the world. This savory pastry is usually filled with spiced potatoes, onions, peas, carrots and other vegetables.
It is mentioned in the 10th century gastronomic literature. According to historical references, traveling merchants traveled from Central Asia to North Africa, East Asia and South Asia and brought samosas with them to these places.
In India, the samosa came with Middle Eastern cooks who came to India for jobs during the Delhi Sultanate’s rule. Soon, it became the breakfast of choice for the king. When the medieval Moroccan traveler Ibn Battuta visited India in the 14th century, he documented a banquet at the court of Muhammad bin Tughlaq, where the triangular samosa ‘sambusak’ was served to the guests.