Why eating Samosa in Somalia can land you in jail

Sandeep Reddy

Mar 20 2024

<div style=' background:#FFFFFF;color:#000000;font-family:Verdana;width:auto;padding:5px;max-height:100%;'><span><p>The crispy, potato-filled samosa reigns supreme as a snack across India and its neighbours. But believe it or not, there's one country where Samosa is outlawed: Somalia.</p><p>Somalia's extremist militant group, Al-Shabaab, banned samosas in 2011, deeming them "too Western." While no official explanation was given, media reports suggest the triangular shape of the samosa sparked their disapproval due to its resemblance to the Christian holy trinity. This association clashed with the group's strict interpretation of Islam.</p><p>Known locally as sambusas, these savory parcels face harsh punishments for those who dare to make or consume them. This is a surprising turn of events considering Somalia's rich history and cultural influences. The country, located in the Horn of Africa, boasts a long Islamic tradition dating back to the 12th century and is a member of the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.</p><p>Samosas, with their origins traced back to Arab traders in the 10th century, have enjoyed a fascinating journey across continents. Once a favorite in the Mughal court, they continue to conquer hearts (and stomachs) worldwide. It's a shame they haven't found a similar welcome in Somalia, but hopefully, someday this delicious tradition can make a comeback.</p><span></div>

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