The crispy and spicy Indian street snack Samosa, is undoubtedly irresistible! Made with several layers of maida and a rich filling of mashed potato, peas and spices, the beloved snack is North India’s most preferred recipe as a tea-time snack or sudden hunger-pangs. The recipe involves a good dose of sesame, coriander and cumin seeds which makes it simply mouth-watering! The triangular potato/meat-filled savoury dish is easily found in North India and the ones with keema, khova, or even moong dal are as good and tasty.
Now let’s go on a samosa trail, across the different parts of the country.
Today, samosa is a popular snack in many parts of the world. But so is the fast food ‘burger‘. However, Indians aren’t exactly smacking their lips over burgers as much as they do over Samosas and their stiff battle just got harder. So why is Samosa healthier than burger?
Samosas are made with fresh vegetables, local spices and no cheese or preserved sauces. The least ‘foreign’ ingredients would be a dash of added preservatives. Even though samosas are deep-fried, their use of preservatives is minimal. Health surveys state that the Samosa ingredients consist of wheat flour, cumin, boiled potatoes, peas, or ghee, which are mostly chemical-free.
Right from the wheat dough, boiled potatoes, freshly cut onions and ginger-garlic that go into the making of the freshly prepared samosa, burgers, on the other hand, use pre-baked bread, over-cooked patties, deep-fried doughs and old ingredients. Even that delicious mayo and spicy ketchup are pre-packed!
While a single deep-fried samosa can easily pack you up with almost 308 calories, a burger’s calories may vary from 295-500, depending on the type of burger you prefer. The amount of cheese and mayo are key factors which add up the calories in any burger.
The report titled ‘Body Burden: Lifestyle Diseases’ further confirms that most Indian snacks are less synthetic – foods such as sauces are made from natural ingredients and fresh juices that are a mixture of fruit and water. However, burgers can contain thickening agents, synthetic food colors and added flavors & preservatives. It’s more harmful to consume artificially enhanced flavours than natural ones.
Health reports also suggest that foods that are high in salt and sugar, like in a burger, can adversely affect the body and its functioning in the long. More health issues occur by consuming packaged foods. Hence, if you think you can go overboard with samosa, you will still be safer.
Verdict: Anything in moderation is fine so make your choice very carefully. Do you still prefer the good fat burger? Tell us in the comments.