World’s largest samosa record is smashed in Lon­don, now at 153.1 kg

Global Times - Weekend - - DINING - AFP

The world record for the largest samosa was smashed in Lon­don Tues­day by a whop­ping ver­sion of the pop­u­lar Asian snack weigh­ing in at 153.1 kilo­grams.

A dozen vol­un­teers from the Mus­lim Aid UK char­ity built the gi­ant samosa then deep-fried it in a cus­tom-built vat at an East Lon­don mosque.

Ad­ju­di­ca­tors from the Guin­ness World Records were on hand to over­see the process and cer­tify that the megasamosa passed the re­quired tests.

The pre­vi­ous record of 110.8 kg was set by Brad­ford Col­lege in north­ern Eng­land in June 2012.

The samosa was built on a gi­ant wire mesh, then winched into a vat of cook­ing oil be­fore be­ing hauled out to be weighed.

“My heart was beat­ing re­ally fast,” said Farid Is­lam, 26, the project or­ga­nizer.

“It was very tense. It looked like it was go­ing to slide off. A crack ap­peared and I feared the worst.”

Guin­ness World Records ad­ju­di­ca­tor Pravin Pa­tel spelled out the rules.

“It’s got to be tri­an­gu­lar; con­tain flour, pota­toes, onions and peas; be fried, and re­tain the shape when cooked,” he said. “It’s got to look and feel like a samosa; it’s got to be ed­i­ble by hu­mans.

“The crit­i­cal record is the net weight. Plus it all has to be eaten. No wastage!”

After the team care­fully made the tri­an­gle-shaped su­per-snack, it was hauled up to the in­dus­trial winch by the big­gest men avail­able and slowly plunged into the vat.

Once it was winched out, and after the nervy weigh-in, the in­de­pen­dent food safety of­fi­cer, who had over­seen pro­ceed­ings, gave it the taste test. A sim­ple thumbs-up trig­gered cheers around the hall.

It was then down to Pa­tel to tie up all the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

“It’s an ab­so­lutely great achieve­ment,” he de­clared.

Or­ga­nizer Is­lam said it was a tough chal­lenge.

“Ini­tially I thought it would be a piece of cake: stuff it to­gether, tie up the end and fry it,” he said.

“When I re­al­ized there was not a sin­gle pot in the coun­try that could hold that weight, we had to get some­thing tai­lor made.”

The samosa took around 15 hours of work and was dished up into hun­dreds of por­tions dis­trib­uted to the lo­cal home­less via the Sal­va­tion Army.

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