Frying mutton samosa in Bangalore. Samosas are called the “king of snacks” in India, but they originated in Egypt. Photo: Getty Images
Frying mutton samosa in Bangalore. Samosas are called the “king of snacks” in India, but they originated in Egypt. Photo: Getty Images

Egypt’s gift to India: the samosa, popular fried pastry snack named after the pyramids

  • The snack travelled from Egypt to Libya to Central Asia before arriving in India via the Middle East
  • The key to a good samosa lies in the pastry, says an Indian chef. He describes it as the perfect comfort food because it is tasty, cheap and versatile

Frying mutton samosa in Bangalore. Samosas are called the “king of snacks” in India, but they originated in Egypt. Photo: Getty Images
Frying mutton samosa in Bangalore. Samosas are called the “king of snacks” in India, but they originated in Egypt. Photo: Getty Images
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