sa·​mo·​sa | \ sə-ˈmō-sə How to pronounce samosa (audio) \

Definition of samosa

: a small triangular pastry filled with spiced meat or vegetables and fried in ghee or oil

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People from the community schlep here in their casual best throughout the day and night, taking their tea with classic Muslim snacks like samosa and fish cutlets. Annette Tan, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Cafes in Singapore," 4 Mar. 2018 In the brief clip, he's seen walking slowly with several samosas behind his back. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Prince Harry Stealing Snacks at Meghan Markle's Cookbook Launch Is a Whole Mood," 21 Sep. 2018 Before getting into the entrees, the plump, from-scratch samosas prove perfectly flaky with just the right amount of spice. Griffin Jackson,, "The most diverse street in America? Find color, culture, connectedness on Devon Avenue," 28 June 2018 Consider these vegan samosas, packed with peas, cilantro, jalapeño and cayenne. Alex Van Buren,, "10 Snacks a Food Writer Packs for Day Hikes and Car Trips," 6 June 2018 Masala fries, samosa, tikka masala wraps and chicken curry grace the menu. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "New restaurants in Phoenix in March: 37 openings in a month may set a record," 2 Apr. 2018 The street outside is clogged with black cars double- and triple-parked, and a Doughnut Plant on the ground floor advertises a chai-and-samosa-doughnut special for eight dollars. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "At Uber, a New C.E.O. Shifts Gears," 30 Mar. 2018 Actor Adam Sandler, model Maye Musk and Beverly Hills mayor Lili Bosse joined the crowd, as guests noshed on tuna tartare and sweet potato samosas. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Demi Moore Honored by Visionary Women Group on International Women's Day," 9 Mar. 2018 And please, for the love of all things holy, resist the urge to cut your samosa with a knife and fork. Gowri Chandra, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Guide to Eating with Your Hands Around the World," 5 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of samosa

1932, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for samosa

Hindi samosā & Urdu samosa, sambūsa, from Persian sambūsa

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