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Apr 19, 2010 10:28 AM

Beef samosas?

Fresh or frozen, does anyone know where I can find some? I ate dozens of them in Tanzania, so what I'm thinking of might be more Kenyan than Indian, but that's a minor quibble. I'll take what I can find. Thx!

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  1. If you find out please share. I presume you had the really crunchy ones that tend to have thinner pastry than what you normally find in restaurants as well?

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    1. re: Giggling Gourmand

      Will do. They were crunchy/crispy, with wrapping a bit like a deep-fried egg roll, and not as doughy as the potato/veg ones we have here.

      1. re: kelly5612

        Yeah I know what you're talking about., they are what I always hope for ina new Indian restaurant My grandmoter makes them and occasionally if you can tap into an Indian/Pakistani/East African community you will find ladies who make them and sell them to you (unfried) by the dozen for freezing.

        1. re: Giggling Gourmand

          I have always seen these made from store-bought wonton wrappers. The pastry is nothing special. Or am I thinking about the wrong "samosa"? Some people roll them in a "spring roll" shape and others in a triangle shape. The hard part is finding someone who can make ones where (1) the oil won't leak inside making the whole thing greasy, and (2) the filling isn't overcooked. These do not stay crispy long at all after frying, although these days I have seen people cornstarch batter dip before frying to keep them crispier longer. For this reason I would buy unfried. Also, 90% of "aunties" just don't understand proper frying procedure (temperature drop, overcrowding, etc.) so that's another reason to fry them yourself.

          1. re: bmorecupcake

            I don't know anyone who makes them in DC. But in LA and London usually the women who sell them make the pastry from scratch. I agree, way better to get them unfried if you're buying and freezing.

    2. Every Afghan restaurant has them. They are called Samosa Goshti.

      1. Kelly, you're right - the ones you're thinking of are more Kenyan (I grew up there). The only place I know of that makes them is a Kenyan restaurant - Safari DC. People say the service is terrible, but it actually reminds me of home; I love it! You just can't be too high-maintenance, it doesn't fly. But their samosas are good Kenyan-style with the thin wonton-like wrapper. While I love places like Naan and Beyond, their samosas are NOT the type you're used to in East Africa. Good luck!

        Safari DC
        4306 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011

        1. Thanks for the suggestions, mymom and rebecca. I'll check out Afghan Grill and Safari DC!

          Afghan Grill
          2309 Calvert St NW 3, Washington, DC 20008

          Safari DC
          4306 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011