A tastetacular event has taken place in Leicester, dedicated to the popular triangular shaped Samosa, we all know and love.
The event, which took place earlier at Chutney Ivy, in Halford Street (April 13), not only invited people to learn how to make a Samosa, but also challenged them to eat as many as they could in one sitting.
Although some tried, nobody managed to beat the current record, which was set by BBC Radio Leicester’s Ady Dayman in 2018.
Although one man managed to eat six Samosas today, Ady managed 15 in ten minutes, meaning that he’s still Leicester’s current ‘Samosa King’.
“I am absolutely delighted to still be Samosa King and retain my title! It’s one of my proudest achievements and one I am still chuffed to bits to hold!” he told the Leicester Times.
“Congratulations to all involved with Samosa Week and putting Leicester on the map. Proper Leicester!’
Today’s event took place in the city as part of National Samosa Week (April 11-17), which is now in its fifth year.
Adults and children turned out to learn how to make the popular snack, which is now a much loved part of the British food scene.
Brought to you by the organisers of Leicester’s Curry Awards, the aim of the week is to encourage everyone to try, taste and enjoy the samosa – a savoury parcel, which is often filled with spicy potato, chicken or lamb. Although popular with the South Asian community, the samosa is said to originate from the Middle East and was eaten by travelling merchants.
A total of £309 was raised as a result of today’s event, which will go to the COPS Charity, which supports the families of Police officers and staff who have lost their lives on duty.
Shaf Islam, owner of Chutney Ivy was happy to join in the fun, by running demonstrations throughout the day.
“It was great to be involved in National Samosa Week, and to be back after two years due to the pandemic”, he said.
“Samosas are a fundamental part of Indian cuisine, and when it came to the workshops, it was also interesting to see different styles and different types of skill on show.”
Priti Raichura, director of Leicester Curry Awards, also said she was glad to be back supporting the event at Chutney Ivy.
“It’s a great event, and it was great to be back joining in the fun for such a good cause”, she said.
Although the workshops are now over, people are encouraged to get involved with the remainder of National Samosa Week, by making their own Samosas at home and tagging @nationalsamosaweek on social media.
To find out more about the cause, visit: https://nationalsamosaweek.com/