London, August 24: ‘Samosa’ is a evening staple snack with chai (tea) for every Indian. It is claimed that samosa has its origin from the Middle East in the 10th century. And it was first introduced to the Indian subcontinent in the 13th-14th century. In fact, people love samosas so much that dozen volunteers from the Muslim Aid UK charity at East London Mosque made a king-sized samosa weighing 153.1kg.The giant samosa has broken all the world records.
Built on a giant wire mesh, it was lifted up into a vat of hot cooking oil before being taken out and weighed. People from the Guinness Book of World Records were also present to critique and certify the mega-samosa. Adjudicator Pravin Patel spelled out the rules and told AFP that it’s got to be “triangular; contain flour, potatoes, onions and peas; be fried, and retain the shape when cooked”. Not just that, he also said, “It’s got to look and feel like a samosa; it’s got to be edible by humans. The critical record is the net weight. Plus it all has to be eaten. No wastage!”
The team kept all the conditions in mind and prepared the massive snack. Project organiser Farid Islam told the agency that it was very tense and his heart was beating all the time. “It looked like it was going to slide off. A crack appeared and I feared the worst,” the 26-year-old added.
The previous record of 110.8kg was set by Bradford College in northern England in June 2012. After 15 hours of struggle, when the green light was given, Patel expressed his delight and let out his worst fears. “Initially I thought it would be a piece of cake: stuff it together, tie up the end and fry it. When I realised there was not a single pot in the country that could hold that weight, we had to get something tailor made,” he said. The samosa was then distributed among the homeless locals via the Salvation Army.