Where do you get your Samosa fix?
Where do you get your favorite samosas?
- Fried crust must be hot and flaky -- but not dripping with grease. In the best case, the samosa was fried fresh and served promptly. (Many places reheat or refry.)
- Filling must be chunks of potato, peas, spices and coriander -- not a slurry or gooey paste. The filling cannot contain carrots, turmeric, or all the other deviations from an authentic North Indian samosa.
- A rich and flavourful imli (tamarind) sauce must be present.
My personal favorite is Vik's Chaat house in Berkeley.
Any good samosa places in the South Bay?
When I lived in the South Bay, India Cash and Carry had Punjabi style samosas, like the ones you've described. They were 50 cents a piece with two types of chutney.
Always call before you make the trip though. And carrots in samosas are surely a travesty.
India Cash & Carry
1032 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA
It's been a few years but I used to love Lovely Sweets' samosas. Don't know how it is these days but I do know their rasamalai is still excellent. I recently had some good ones at a friend's place & she said they were from Passage to India bakery in Mtn. View . I especially liked the fact that they were smaller in size than the normal variety so you don't feel like your appetizer is your meal. Last but not least, my favorite is Deep brand frozen cocktail samosas available in your local Indian grocer's freezer. They are snack/bite size & of course deep fried at home. Although they are made with won ton wrappers (I think), this is probably one of the best items in any Indian grocery store. Oh, sorry can't help with the imli sauce; may be try Deep brand ready made sauce in the refrigerated section.
932 E El Camino Real
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
BTW, India Cash & Carry used to get their samosas from Rajjot down the street but but I felt the pastry/crust was too thick & not flaky enough nor the filling, tangy enough.
I asked once a few years ago but samosa never changed so I assumed it was still from Rajjot. However, like you, I haven't had one in about a year or so. I used to get them as an afterschool snack for the kids whenever I made it down there for groceries. I now go to Namaste Plaza in Mtn. View with unfortunately worse samosas (forgot where they get it from).
My weakness of course is a fresh, crisp, hot out of the oil vada with coconut chutney:-)
5178 Moorpark Ave
San Jose, CA 95129
Bonus: Cilantro chutney offered (in moderation)