LONDON – A leading British Muslim charity has shaped, fried, and served the world’s largest samosa in an East London mosque to help feed the homeless.
“My heart was beating really fast,” Farid Islam, 26, the project organizer from Muslim Aid, told Agence France Presse (AFP).
Islam is one of almost dozen volunteers from the Muslim Aid UK charity who built the giant samosa then deep-fried it in a custom-built vat at an East London Mosque.
The samosa was built on a giant wire mesh, then winched into a vat of cooking oil before being hauled out to be weighed.
“It was very tense. It looked like it was going to slide off. A crack appeared and I feared the worst,” he added.
The world record for the largest samosa was smashed by a whopping version of the popular Asian snack weighing in at 153.1 (337.5 pounds) kilograms.
Adjudicators from Guinness World Records were on hand to oversee the process and certify that the mega-samosa passed the required tests.
The previous record of 110.8 kg was set by Bradford College in northern England in June 2012.
Once the samosa was winched out, and after the nervy weigh-in, the independent food safety officer, who had overseen proceedings, gave it the taste test. A simple thumbs-up triggered cheers around the hall.
“It’s an absolutely great achievement,” Guinness World Records adjudicator Pravin Patel declared.
Organizer Islam said it was a tough challenge.
“Initially I thought it would be a piece of cake: stuff it together, tie up the end and fry it,” he said.
“When I realized there was not a single pot in the country that could hold that weight, we had to get something tailor made.”
The samosa, which took around 15 hours of work, was dished up into hundreds of portions distributed to the local homeless via the Salvation Army.