It has been revealed that an Indian restaurant has filed to trademark the ‘Samhaji’ – a hybrid created from two of the nation’s favourite Indian starters – the samosa and onion bhaji – after the starter sold out on Deliveroo within a few hours of sales over National Samosa Week.
The experimental starter was available exclusively on Deliveroo back in early April, and the restaurant has decided to trademark the creation due to its success, which has put Rola Wala on the map as the Indian street food equivalent to Dominique Ansel.
It’s not the first time Brits have adapted an Indian classic; the Balti was famously invented in 1960’s Birmingham and the Tikka Masala is believed to have Glaswegian origins.
The Samhaji is a modern take on the traditional samosa and onion bhaji, including such fusion-foods as crispy onions, chilli, turmeric and lamb, parcelled in a classic samosa pastry. It’s also been extremely popular with the vegans out there, due to Rola Wala’s vegan version, created using their famous Red Dal – a spice-fuelled fan favourite loaded with lentils, beetroot, and a secret seven spice masala.
Mark Wright at Rola Wala said “Who would have thought an experiment could put us on the Indian street food map and even lead to us trademarking a dish. By simply fusing two classic Indian street foods together, we’ve created a new starter that’s delicious, light and the spicing just right!”