Indian Netizens Fume Over ‘Sweet Samosas’ on British Cooking Reality Show
Indian Twitter users were aghast when contestants at Great British Bake Off reality show came up with sweet samosas.
Indian samosa lovers are expressing their displeasure on the social media after contestants at a British cooking reality show were asked to come up with “sweet samosa.”
Organizers of the Great British Bake Off (GBBO) had a “Samosa Special” for their Pastry Week Celebrations recently, and asked contestants to make six savory and six sweet samosas for the challenge. Indians were looking forward to the outcome of the show to see how innovative the samosas can get.
While some of the savory and crispy samosas baked on the show impressed Indians, some others, like sweet samosas, were frowned upon. They pointed online that traditional Indian samosa is made of vegetables and herbs, and while recipes vary from person to person and region to region, the main ingredient is always potato. Some samosas are also made with minced chicken or lamb meat. However, a samosa is always enjoyed with sweet and spicy sauces.
While a samosa is to India what fish and chips are to the British, the fact is samosas aren’t really Indian. It was introduced to India by Islamist invaders from Persia where it is made of meat and local herbs. After the Portuguese introduced potatoes in India, potatoes replaced meat and samosas became popular among masses.
While many netizens were horrified by the very idea of sweet samosas, others were willing to give the organizers and the contestants a chance to see what comes out of the idea.
For instance, one contestant, Rahul, made “misti samosas” with “Bengali Sandesh, dried fruit, and nuts” while another contestant Jon came up with samosas filled with creamy orange custard.
Several Twitter users, however, did not take it kindly.
Christie Golton said that her Indian grandma sure knows that the samosa cannot be sweet and is never meant to be.
My Indian grandma has specified that sweet samosas ain’t a ting #GBBO
— Christie Golton (@ChristieGolton) October 2, 2018
Maunika Gowardhan pointed out that while keema or potato filling is fine, dates, pears, tagines, and stilton are not.
I don’t want samosa with date, pear, tagine or Stilton. Just keema or potato please! 😂😂 #GBBO
— Maunika Gowardhan (@cookinacurry) October 2, 2018
Others also made it clear that they do not agree with the idea at all.
I don't think anyone at #GBBO2018 knows that samosas are meant to be savoury… I can't imagine ever having sweet samosas! 🤷🏻♀️
— aisha ali-khan (@aak1880) October 2, 2018
I hate the fact I second guessed myself and thought "wait, is sweet samosa a thing"
IT'S NOT A THING!
— Yogesh Taylor (@yogeshtaylor) October 2, 2018
— Geetanjali (@i_Epiphany) October 4, 2018
— Kuljit Athwal (@KuljitAthwal) October 2, 2018
I’m making my mother watch GBBO with me just so that I can rage about samosas with her
— エミリー (@emilymas_) October 3, 2018
I am Indian and I have never had a sweet samosa it is not a thing!!!! #GBBO
— Jas-O-WEEN 💀👻 🎃 (@Jasminepal21) October 2, 2018
While a majority of twitterati went hammer and tongs over sweet samosas, others welcomed the concept. Some even pointed out that Gujaratis have a sweet tooth and make sweet samosas.
In Gujarat sweet samosas with coconut and other things in it are a thing. Utterly delicious
— Mushu (@faallama) October 2, 2018
— Vik (@Vik___tory) October 4, 2018