Best Samosas in Town

Question 1 :What’s a Samosa ?

Samosa Chole - Rs 12 - 25cents
[A samosa, seen here topped with chana (chickpeas), sweet tamarind chutney and a garnish of onions and mint]


Samosa is a South Asian food item from India. It generally consists of a fried triangular / pyramid shaped pastry shell with potato, onion and pea stuffing, but other stuffings like minced meat are also used. The size and shape of a samosa, as well as the consistency of the pastry used can vary considerably. It is spicy and is often eaten with chutney, mint, coriander sauce or ketchup.

If you seen Darren Aronofsky’s movie PI [it's brilliant] – “It’s the stuff ingeniously paranoid, Maximillian Cohen is offered constantly by his next door neigbhour Devi ”

Moving on from my skewed movie reference onto the question in hand.

Where do you get the best samosa in Mumbai ?

GuruKripa, Sion
This eatery located just off Sion circle has become a tourist attraction of sorts. Every morning over 30,000 samosas are made at this virtual samosa factory and dispersed all over the city for consumption. Guru Kripa is said to produce 1/3rd of Mumbai’s samosas available in cinema halls/multiplexes, college canteens, etc.

To get here just hop on a train to Sion (central line) and then ask anybody for GuruKripa.

5 Comments so far

  1. USC Trojan (unregistered) on January 13th, 2006 @ 12:25 am

    I am not sure how they make their samosas so great-tasting, consistently. They supply all over the theaters and such.

    Of course, my highlight of a visit to GK is the kulfi/falooda at the end! :-)


  2. Akshay (unregistered) on January 13th, 2006 @ 8:51 pm

    I agree completely there something in their samosas that make them super tasty.
    Did you know their kitchen staff is predominently South Indian ?


  3. USC Trojan (unregistered) on January 16th, 2006 @ 9:53 pm

    Something weird about a ‘punjabi samosa’ being made by South Indians :-)

    Just like most of the Indian restaurants (at least in the Bay Area) having a completely Mexican cooking cast :-)


  4. Akshay (unregistered) on January 17th, 2006 @ 1:09 pm

    Yes, its funny how things pan out. I’m sure the South Indians will be replaced by Biharis soon.
    I think there is a beauty, Mumbai absorbs so many parts of India and makes it one.


  5. K.Vaidyanathan (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2006 @ 7:54 pm

    Dear friend,
    Do you also know about South Indian or vegetable samosa version as it is called.
    I am Kerala Iyer proud to be called a Mumbaikar living in Mumbai for last 50 years,
    Way back in 1958/1960 Samosas used to be made at a place opposite Dadar(west) railway station wholesale and sold at 1/2 anna each or 4 for 2 annas and served at Irani joints.Those were small tiny ones to be eaten with tomoto sauce as an alternate to Khari biscuits The normal menu for a school or college student in those dats will be 4 samosas with tea or brun maska and tea at a irani Joint like Koolar Matunga or Takila Bar and restaurant,Sion in early 1963/1964 . Those days there were hardly any Udipi hotels . In those days samosas were also served in Cinema theatres during interval along with wafers and coke. In college canteens like Khals/VJTI they were slighly bigger in size. Mind you they are different from the Punjabi ones you are talking about. Even today patti or the outer wrap in which vatana, alu etc are stuffed for a vegetable samosa are seperately available in departmental stores in Dadar/Parel. Suseqently UP milk Dughdalyas like Mathura,Ghasitaram,Brijwasi etc started making it as a snack and served with hot milk.Udipi hotels also then started their bigger version in early 1970.So much for vegetable versions viz Udipi and Punjabi.Muslims and North indians have a mutton variety stuffed with meat. Muslims like or use Kheema or Beef. Even today some Irani hotels near Dhobi Talao serve Mutton Samosas.
    Guru-Kripa started as small set-up near Nityananda Hall Sion next to where present Coffee-Day shop is located,way back in 60 as a canteen contractor supplying samosas,cold drinks etc to various cinema theatres. May be a Punjabi aspiring for stardom and ending as a canteen contractor for cinema theatres. Only around late70/ early80 they expanded fully and set up a full chain near the present place complete with Pani Puri,Bhel and Falluda.
    I am their patron from 1970 and vouch that for price they charge,quality is excellent.
    Most of the kitchen boys are from Dharavi and treated extremely well and hence very loyal to the shop. I should know because inspite of my best efforts and coaxing they will not give more chutney or extra onoion rings/helping. So much for honesty which I grudgingly appreciate. Way back in 2000 or a big tragedy struck them and since then they are at low key.
    Both Geetha Bhavan at Lamington Road and Kailash
    Parbatat colaba are other two old Punjabi establishments popular for Punjabi samosas,
    Dhai-Wadas and Kulfi/Rabdi/Fallouda



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