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Coconut Samosas

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nicely2x Aug 9, 2007 09:26 AM

Any recommendations on finding a restaurant or grocery that has fresh, flaky coconut samosas?

The one place I frequent in the West Village has been un-air-conditioned for a while and I sweat just walking by. I'd appreciate recommendations outside of Manhattan, too.

BTW..does anybody know if this is an "authentic" Indian dish or something Americanized like Chop Suey?

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  1. JungMann RE: nicely2x Aug 9, 2007 09:47 AM

    I was about to say "Coconut samosas? WTF!?" I grew up with Northern Indian cuisine, so I'm usually a little flabbergasted by all the coconuts in the south, but I cannot imagine a samosa filled with dessicated coconut strips.

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      racer x RE: nicely2x Aug 9, 2007 03:03 PM

      What place in the West Village has them?

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        nicely2x RE: racer x Aug 10, 2007 11:00 AM

        I go there all the time, but blank out on the name. It's the place next to Ottomanelli's on Bleecker. Actually, I went there last night with the cooler weather. The samosas weren't the best I ever had there, but they were just what I wanted.

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        eastvillgirl RE: nicely2x Aug 9, 2007 08:02 PM

        Banjara, in the East Village, at the corner of 1st Ave and East 6th St, has coconut samosas. They're a little on the small side, but pretty tasty, with a few golden raisins thrown in for good measure. Banjara is well air-conditioned.
        I don't know if this is authentic or not, but they remind me of Peshawari Naan, which are stuffed with coconut and raisins and sliced almonds (or cashews). Another wonderful dish!

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