A samosa is a triangular-shaped fried or baked South Asian snack made with a flour shell and stuffed with a savory filling that can include mashed boiled potatoes, meats, spices and more.
The 337.5-pound super-sized samosa (about the same as 3,828 regular-sized samosas) was created in a custom-built vat at an East London Mosque and took 15 hours of work, according to international news agency, Agence France-Presse.
While the volunteers cooked, adjudicators from Guinness World Records closely observed them, making sure all requirements were met.
For example, adjudicator Pravin Patel told AFP that the snack had to be triangular; contain flour, potatoes, onions and peas; had to be fried and it all had to be eaten.
“My heart was beating really fast,” 26-year-old Farid Islam, the project organizer, said. “It was very tense. It looked like it was going to slide off. A crack appeared and I feared the worst.”
But in the end, the team persevered to beat the previous record set in 2012 by Bradford College in northern England by nearly 100 pounds. Bradford College’s samosa weighed in at a little more than 244 pounds.
The record-breaking super samosa was served up to the local homeless in London, an effort to bring attention to the charitable work of Muslims, particularly during Eid, the Islamic festival of sacrifice beginning on Friday, Sept 1st.
The Muslim Aid charity, which works in more than 70 countries across Africa, Asia and Europe, expects to feed 300,000 people in countries such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Somalia and more during the Eid holidays.