Britain's six cities are taking part in the country's first ever 'National Samosa Week' from 9-13 April, where participants will be selling and eating the popular Indian snack to raise money for charity. Brainchild of a Leicester-based media personality, along with Leicester, Birmingham, Manchester, Coventry and Nottinghamshire in Midlands and Radlett, in Hertfordshire have come on board with the idea. It involves a range of fun and interesting activities; including competition of eating samosa, pop-up samosa shops and tastiest samosa awards.
Romail Gulzar, Editor of Pukaar News and founder of Leicester Curry Awards, who launched this concept in Leicester, reportedly said, “It is a tea time snack in the subcontinent but it can be so much more than that. We want to use this week to draw attention to the rich culture and food heritage of South Asia. This triangle-shaped delicacy is said to originate from the Middle East and was eaten by travelling merchants. It is likely that this is how the tasty parcels made their way to other parts of the world including India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.”
The proceeds from the sale in Leicester are aimed at two charities - mental health charity LAMP and Care of Police Survivors (COPS). Gulzar believes the world's best samosas are to be found in Delhi and he is determined to bring some of that flavour to the UK with this samosa week, set to become an annual event. Some of the winners of the prize draw will win tickets to the Leicester Curry Awards 2018, to be held in Leicester on April 22.