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TueSep 5

World Samosa Day – September 5, 2023

World Samosa Day is celebrated on September 5 every year, and we are excited to celebrate this day by eating the delicious snack. Samosas are a fried pyramid-shaped dish filled with onions, potatoes, cheese, peas, and several other filling options. They are extremely popular in India, Egypt, South Africa, and the Middle East. Generally eaten as appetizers, for Samosa fans, it is a three-course meal, and World Samosa Day is a day of festivities.

History of World Samosa Day

Despite popular belief, samosas did not originate in India where it enjoys extreme popularity. It originated in the Middle East sometime before the 10th century. It was brought to India by traders around the 13th and 14th centuries. Today, samosas are so well-loved in India that they can be found anywhere, from homes to fancy restaurants to roadside vendors.

The samosa finds reference in 10th-century gastronomic literature. Many medieval Persian texts mention ‘sanbosag,’ which is an early relative of the samosa and the cousin of the Persian pyramidal pastry, ‘samsa.’ Historical accounts refer to ‘sambusak,’ ‘sabusaq,’ and even ‘sanbusaj,’ as tiny mince-filled triangles eaten by traveling merchants around campfires and packed in saddlebags as snacks for a long journey. According to these references, traveling merchants traveled from Central Asia to North Africa, East Asia, and South Asia, and with them, samosas reached these places.

In India, samosas came with Middle Eastern chefs who migrated for employment during the Delhi Sultanate rule. Soon, it became a snack fit for the king. When the medieval Moroccan traveler, Ibn Batuta, visited India in the 14th century, he documented the banquets at the court of Muhammad bin Tughlaq, where ‘sambusak’ — a dish filled with mince, peas, pistachios, almonds, in a triangular pastry — was served to the guests. There have been numerous accounts of people enjoying this historical delight since then.

World Samosa Day timeline

9th Century
The Gem of Akbar

Abul Fazi, one of the nine gems of Akbar’s court, mentions that Mughal Emperors relish samosas.

10th Century
Persian Texts Mention ‘Sanbosag’

Many medieval Persian texts mention ‘Sanbosag,’ which is an early relative of the samosa.

14th Century
Samosas Reach India

Ibn Batuta, the medieval Moroccan traveler, mentions samosas being served to guests of Muhammad bin Tughlaq.

1300
Sufi Scholar Praises Samosa

Amir Khusaru, a Sufi scholar and musician, writes about samosas being enjoyed by the Indian royal court.

World Samosa Day FAQs

Which country is famous for samosa?

India, specifically South India, is known for samosas.

Which country banned samosa?

Samosas are banned in Somalia.

In which state in India is samosa most famous?

In Gujrat, the patti samosa is very popular.

World Samosa Day Activities

  1. Eat a piping hot samosa

    The best way to enjoy World Samosa Day is to eat a samosa. Samosas are best enjoyed hot and fresh out the stove.

  2. Make samosas at home

    Nothing is better than homemade samosas. Make it a family event and cook this delicious comfort food with your loved ones in your home kitchen.

  3. Try new recipes

    Scout for new samosa recipes online. Better still, go crazy and invent your very own samosa recipe.

5 Yummy Facts About Samosas

  1. Empanadas were inspired by samosas

    After eating samosas, the Spanish tweaked the recipe a little and created empanadas.

  2. It was not vegetarian at first

    The earliest samosas were made with meat, pistachios, and onions.

  3. It comes in various shapes

    In Turkish nations, samosas come in both half-moon shapes and triangles.

  4. It is connected to pyramids

    The shape of the classic samosa resembles a pyramid, so it is named after the pyramids of the Middle East.

  5. Vegetable samosas are the most common

    Vegetable samosas are the most common samosa type, while only a few countries enjoy meat samosas.

Why We Love World Samosa Day

  1. It celebrates delicious food

    Samosas are comfort food for thousands of people. World Samosa Day celebrates this yummy food loved by many.

  2. It has a long history

    Samosas are not a recent invention. They have been enjoyed through centuries and even by kings.

  3. It brings people close

    Nothing brings people close like sharing food. Samosas are best enjoyed when eaten with people.

World Samosa Day dates

YearDateDay
2023September 5Tuesday
2024September 5Thursday
2025September 5Friday
2026September 5Saturday
2027September 5Sunday

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