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?
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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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!