Samosas – Is it Junk Food or is it Good for you ?


Can something that is deep fried be good for you ? Conventional wisdom would say no - that it is better to eat a salad or something healthy as a snack. But, ask your self this question - this one question - does a carrot or a cucumber, or any salad, give you as much joy as a samosa?

When you bite into that hot hot samosa, the first bite of the crust that melts in your mouth. And, then you get the first taste of the stuffing - potatoes, peas, ginger, green chillis. The samosa is still piping hot and the stuffing scalds your tongue, just a wee bit. You pause for a second, but you really can’t stop biting into the next chunk of the samosa. Both the crust, and the stuffing are melting in your mouth. And, then you bite on a piece of green chilli, your tongue is on fire between the hot samosa, and the spice of the chilli. There is just that wee bit of water in your eyes - no of couse it is not tears - and, then the samosa is over, and you want the next one. This time, with sips of chai (or cola) to make it even better. The sense of well being that we have, when we eat food that we love, or comfort food, is huge.

So long as you are sensible about how many samosas you consume, you should be ok. Maybe once a week or once in 10 days, a plate of good samosas won’t harm you, in fact it may actually prove beneficial. And, there is a reason for it, and it is scientific. When we eat tasty food, food that we really like, our brain releases ‘pleasure’ chemicals to reward us. seriously

Researchers believe that the brain’s reward mechanisms — specifically the hormone ghrelin and the chemical compound 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) — fire up the body’s response to pleasurable foods.

Our body likes these chemicals, and wants more, and pushes us to eat more. Which is why you have to be sensible when you eat your favourite junk food. No point saying you will never eat it, that may be impossible, but what you can do is have it occasionally and control the quantity you eat.

Especially before exams, or interviews, it may be a good idea to have your favourite food - samosa or anything else - just for the feel good factor. No, you didn’t imagine it, it really exists.