Samosas are too Christian?

Seriously – Samosas are banned in at least one country because they are too Christian.

I could not believe it when I read this.

It was part of a list of 27 foods that are banned in various countries around the world.  Most of them made sense – like this one –

Casu Marzu
A Sardinian delicacy, Casu Marzu translates to rotten cheese. It’s prepared by injecting fly larvae inside Pecorino cheese. The larvae digest the cheese, bringing it to a new level of fermentation. Most of the time it’s eaten with larvae still inside, which is dangerous. Gastric acid does not destroy the larvae, which can end up in the intestines, attacking the organs. The smelly and dangerous dish is banned in places like the US and Europe.

Yum Yum!

I eat lot’s of different things, but even I wouldn’t try this.

But I digress.

Here’s the issue with Samosas and why they are too Christian –

This traditional dish across India and the Horn of Africa has been banned in Somalia because it is considered too Christian. Somalia’s Islamist al-Shabaab group believe the triangular shape of the fried dough filled with meat or vegetables is offensive and resembles the Holy Trinity.

I had no idea!

From now on, when I have a Samosa, it will bring a whole new feeling of – well – something.

I can’t help but wonder – now that this has been published on, which of the following will happen first –

  • a freedom from religion group will try to get Samosa banned in the US.
  • some group will boycott some restaurant or store for not carrying Samosas – because they are a religious symbol.


Who knew?


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