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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
November 2018

Contestants on the Great British Bake Off, a British television baking competition that pits amateurs against each other, were recently asked to make 12 samosas. Nothing wrong with that, except that half of the samosas needed to have a sweet filling, not a savory one.

Some viewers found the concept of sweet samosas utterly revolting and tweeted their dismay. “Every Indian is shouting at their TVs right now,” tweeted Navita Bhatia (@naveetabhatia).

“Sweet samosas are total (BS),” tweeted British journalist and author Sathnam Sanghera (@sathnam).

“I don’t want samosa with date, pear, tagine, or Stilton. Just keema or potato, please!” tweeted Indian chef Maunika Gowardhan (@cookinahurry).

But not everyone was turned off by peanut butter cheesecake samosas or creamy orange custard samosas. “Not lame at all. Sweet samosas are the way forward,” tweeted a viewer named Sophie (@burntporridge).

What’s clear from the hubbub is that samosas are extremely popular in Britain. As BBC Good Food tweeted, “Samosas are, of course, the greatest of all triangular foods, well ahead of tortilla chips, cheesy triangles, and melon segments.”


Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

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