It’s that time of the year in Delhi when nothing cures the cold like a steaming cup of tea or coffee with the ­mother of all Indian snacks — the humble yet power-packed samosa. And that brings to mind Akshay Kumar crooning, ‘Jab tak rahega samose mein aloo ...’ in Mr and Mrs Khiladi (1997). But the Capital, of course, has moved on from that good old filling. We bring you everything from khoya to pasta and paneer to Japani samosas to try this season.
The maha samosa of Old Delhi is perhaps the largest version of the snack available in the city. Apart from its size, the puffy snack is known for its chatpata flavour, which comes from the special masala made from more than 20 ingredients.
Where: Delite Cinema, Asaf Ali Road
Price: Rs 50 per piece
This is a one-of-a-kind samosa that no foodie should miss. Conceived by Manohar Shah in 1924 in Lahore, nobody knows where the snack got its name from. Its recipe is well-guarded and the name trademarked. The snack has 60 layers of flour and is served with pindi chhole and gajar ka achar. “It takes us ­nearly four hours to make 100 samosas for a day. To attain the puffiness of the samosa, one requires skill. Former prime minister Indira Gandhi was a fan of these samosas,” says Umesh Kumar Ratra, owner of the shop.
Where: Manohar Dhaba, Opposite Moti Cinema, Old Lajpat Rai Market
Price: Rs 15 per piece
From chowmein to white pasta to tandoori paneer and shahi paneer, here’s a place where the list of offbeat samosas is ­practically endless. “All these recipes are the outcome of my experimentation with food. My wife and I have been working together for the past 17 years and we love to see people ­enjoying our food,” says Satish Kumar Bhayana, owner of the shop in Moti Nagar that is a favourite with not just the locals but also people living far from the neighbourhood.
Where: Kumar Samose Wala
2/31, Phase 3, New Moti Nagar
Price: `10-18 per piece
An interesting twist to the savoury snack — khoya ­samosa is the right option for the ones who have a sweet tooth. “We already had chowmein, gobhi, ­paneer and soyabean versions of the samosa. We wanted to come up with something unique and that’s how khoya samosa came into being. People have really appreciated it,” says Kulwant Singh, owner of the shop.
Where: Bittoo Samose Wala, sector-3, Rohini
Price: Rs 15 per piece
Meat lovers can head to Ameer’s Sweet in Bazar Chitli Qabar near Jama Masjid. Keema Samosa is one of the delicacies, which makes the place the most sought-after in Old Delhi. However, the snack is only available in month of Ramzan (starting June end this year) so you’ll have to wait a good while.