Good Eatin’: Naan and Samosas

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For a few weeks I have been fancying some Indian food, so I knew that my mum would happily oblige with a Wednesday night takeaway from our nearby place.

I could have gotten a number of the aromatics for the list but it took so long to arrive that we started to really have at the food before I had the chance to photograph it. Means we’ll have to get another Indian at some point possibly… quelle horreur!

Food Item: Samosas

In the same section of the list as cornish pasties, Melton Mowbray pork pies and tamales, samosas are in company of meat filled pastries. Then again, meat-filled pastries really are the best kind of baked good. Sausage rolls being the king of them all (apologies to all vegetarians out there but… I couldn’t give up pork permanently).

These samosas were a meat-vegetable mix composed of lamb, onion, peas and spices. Being a country with a history of Indian immigration and then bastardizing the cusisine they brought with them it is very easy to get your hands on a samosa in the UK wherever you are… I don’t think you can say the same of the US or Canada. When it comes to Indian restaruant starters I am more partial to an onion bhajji.

Food Item: Naan

I have never had chapati so naan is, in my head the classic side-bread to scoop my curry-rice mix with. Since my mum was paying we had her favourite version the peshawari (aka sweet coconut) naan. If it were up to me it would have been a garlic naan… but to be fair we had medium-hot curry so she was right about having something sweet to cut through the spice.

Never liked naan much as a child since I would rather just fill up on papadums and the mango chutney (or raita, it depended on the restaurant). Used to have more Indian takeaways when I was younger than I do now, I discovered Chinese food and that, as they say, was that.

Progress: 147/500

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