A samosa, a stuffed pastry, is a common snack in South Asia, in countries such as India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal. It generally consists of a fried triangular- or tetrahedron-shaped pastry shell with a savory filling of spiced potatoes, onion, peas, coriander, and sometimes fresh paneer. In a variety called chamuça they are also very popular in Portugal.
Ibn Battuta, the 14th century traveller and explorer, describes a meal at the court of Muhammad bin Tughluq where the samushak or sambusak, a small pie stuffed with minced meat, almonds, pistachio, walnuts and spices, was served before the third course, of pulao .
Non-vegetarian samosas may substitute fillings of minced meat or fish. The size and shape of a samosa, as well as the consistency of the pastry used, can vary considerably, although it is mostly triangular. Samosas are often served in chaat, along with the traditional accompaniments of yogurt, chutney, chopped onions and coriander, and chaat masala.
In Goa and Portugal, samosas are known as chamuças, usually filled with beef or pork, and generally quite hot. Chicken and vegetarian versions are rare. They are an integral part of Goan cuisine and Portuguese cuisine.
While samosas are traditionally fried, many Westerners prefer to bake them, as this is more convenient and healthier (this could be seen as an example of fusion cuisine). Variations using phyllo or flour tortillas are not unheard of in Western countries.
Portuguese and Goan beef or pork chamuças are very popular. Due to Portuguese influence, chamuças are also very in several countries along the Atlantic coast of Africa (such as Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé and Príncipe and Angola) and in Mozambique.
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