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Apr 19, 2009 08:10 PM

Holy Samosa!

Where are the best Samosa's in the city.

Whether fried or baked, meat filled or veggie.

Where in the city do I find the best Samosa's we can maybe grab a dozen to take home or stop by for a snack?

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  1. Sultan of Samosa, on O'Connor Dr.

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    1. re: foodyDudey

      They have an amazing spinach and cheese samosa - as well as the tandoori chicken samosa... and the spicy sauce is fantastic. I always ask for extra.

      If you have an issue with the grease factor and want to fry them at home... they do sell them frozen in large bags.


    2. I think the samosas at Moti Mahal on Gerrard are excellent. Larger and cheaper than Sultan, plus I like the pastry better.

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      1. re: Full tummy

        I love the veggie samosas at Moti Mahal - probably my favorite but I haven't done a lot of legwork. Not a fan of the meat ones, though. TOO much meat.

      2. I agree with Dudey.

        I haven't tried Moti Mahal but it sounds like I need to.


        1. Sultan and Moti Mahal are both great choices, I think, but very different takes on samosas.

          Moti's are what I think of as "classic" northern style - a flour dough filled with potatoes, peas and spices. Goes great with the sweet red chutney, spicy mint chutney and (best of all, I think for this kind) tamarind chutney (which is really fast & easy to make at home).

          Sultan, on the other hand, has several kinds, all in what most Torontonians would call a spring roll wrapper (but still in the traditional triangular shape). They have a couple of flavours that I'm hooked on besides traditional potatoes/peas: I suggest trying the lentil (daal) and chicken varieties.

          And while you're at Moti Mahal, I also recommend the stuffed naan - a naan bread stuffed with minced tandoori chicken. Fantastic with their butter chicken sauce.

          And at Sultan, try the onion pakoras (they might call them onion bhaji).

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          1. re: aveivy

            The type of wrapper they use at the Sultan is not something they dreamt up. It's a type available in India also. It's just that most Indian food available in Canada is North Indian (Punjabi or Bengali) and unfortunately since that food is everywhere here, when non-Indians see the other type of samosa, they think it's not authentic. I much prefer the Sultan of Samosa style.

            1. re: foodyDudey

              Lahore Tikka house has the the thinner pastry style for the samosas.

              1. re: grandgourmand

                yes they would have it, as it's the type made by Muslims. That's evident by the name "Sultan of Samosa" and the name of the owner.
                You can find more into about this type of samosa on the SoS website.


              2. re: foodyDudey

                I love 'em both but would opt for the SoS style over the other. Both are great snacks though.


            2. a one catering by the airport.... it is the most common style with the thicker wrapper. i love the fillings as i find the flavours and spicing are distinct and varied. they aren't greasy and the shell isn't as thick as i've found at others.

              sultan of samosa never really appealed to me because of their greasiness and expense! they just weren't satiating.

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              1. re: pinstripeprincess

                I agree that the SoS product is often oily. They don't make enough effort to remove the oil. That is the only flaw I can find with their product. They should find a way to spin the samosas and remove most of the oil after frying. I've seen the woman frying them remove the basket from the oil and 2 seconds later she drops them in the trays at the counter, she should spend 10 seconds trying to shake of the oil while the samosas are in the basket.

                1. re: pinstripeprincess

                  I am a fan of Sultan from way back before Chowhound days, my Mom discovered the original location burried in the Bermondsey industrial area. But I have to admit the past few times I have tried them, they seem to just be geting greasier. It is too bad. As for satiety, I find them more satisfying because I fool myself that I can make a "balanced" meal with the different veggie, meat and lentil flavours. Definitely I eat 5 or 6, not just 1-2! I really see them as a different product than the other kind of samosa, you know, the "authentic" ones.

                  1. re: julesrules

                    they are and if it weren't for the greasiness and expense would probably want them more often.

                    in that vein, i actually really don't care for spring rolls of any sort these days because of the grease factor. the mouth feel is something i just can't handle anymore.

                    if you ever want the "authentic" ones i suggest trying a1. i really personally think their spicing is more interesting than the others i had around the city though they only do the basic couple or so filling options.