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Jul 7, 2008 04:37 PM

Where do you get your Samosa fix?

Where do you get your favorite samosas?

Some requirements:

- 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?

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  1. This is hard- I can't remember if my favorite has carrots! But I love New Ganges handmade samosas in SF. They're large, piping hot, and oh so yummy. The filling always leaves me wanting more.

    New Ganges Restaurant
    775 Frederick St, San Francisco, CA 94117

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    1. re: rahir

      When brought in fresh from the home of the lady who makes them (like around 11 am on Saturday and maybe everyday) the samosas at the Bombay Market just West of Philly Cheesesteak on University are delicious.

    2. bless you jhulla-- my 11 yo is a samosa snob-- used to having home made ones by a friend in Modesto. We have tried many up in Sonoma County with great disappointment.
      Samosas seem to have a regional variation.... please tell me more

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      1. re: drmimi

        The samosas at the Occidental farmers' market are wonderful. There's a stand where an Indian woman sells samosas, and often one other Indian dish. The sauce is a mint chutney, though. I love that sauce and ask for extra.

      2. 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

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        1. re: osho

          My Modesto friend with Gujarat origins sneaks raisins into hers....but carrots yowsa...
          In the Northbay I have only encountered the potato heavy, everything else light versions....
          Not my cup o tea

        2. 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.

          Lovely Sweets
          932 E El Camino Real
          Sunnyvale, CA 94087
          (408) 245-6512

          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.

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          1. re: ceekskat

            I think I last bought samosas from India Cash in 2006.

            As I remember it, the samosas at Rajjot were truly unremarkable. Quite surprised to hear they supplied India Cash and Carry. Are you sure that is still the case ?

            Rajjot Sweet & Snacks
            1234 S Wolfe Rd, Sunnyvale, CA 94086

            1. re: osho

              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:-)

              1. re: osho

                I'd like to add Sukhi's to the list. I bought 3 for $5 from their stand in Alemany market on Saturday, and they were pretty good. Whilst pricey, they're the best I've had in a while.

            2. Lakshmi Bazaar
              5178 Moorpark Ave
              San Jose, CA 95129
              (408) 861-0617

              Bonus: Cilantro chutney offered (in moderation)