Samosa business is not very popular in Nigeria even though it has been with us for a while now. Compare to other snacks, it is only but a few persons that are into it, often times for personal use. The reverse is the same with some snacks such as meat pie which can be seen everywhere.
This is because meat pie has been there for a very long time while we are only coming to terms with samosa.
If you look around in this part of the world there are no samosa factory at least non in my locality.
Whereas in western world even in south Africa our sister country you can conveniently point to some major samosa industries.
Yet we have so many unemployed individuals roaming about major cities, towns and streets looking for jobs that are not there.
I beckon on our beloved youths to make use of this golden opportunity and establish samosa factories. Employ others to come and work in your factory. You will not only reduce unemployment but must have written your name in the footprint of sand and posterity will judge you right.
SAMOSA AS A SNACK
Samosa is a kind of snack that is prepared with flour, meat and vegetables.It is said to originate from Asia. Samosa is referred to as small chops which are mostly served in events as appetizer.
It is a snack that has a filling after eating it you won’t think of eating any other thing again. Whenever I eat this kind of snack I feel like eating it over and over again.
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Some people are of the opinion that it is meat pie in the making. Well judging from the preparation and ingredients used you will agree that they are not far from the truth. To me they are slightly different from each other.
LET’S REASON IT OUT
Samosa has less cholesterol this is because it is only a few drop of oil that is used in preparing it. If you dare add more than is necessary you will not like the outcome. The samosa will become very oily and not desirable.
Whereas for meat pie you just have to be generous with your oil.
HOW TO PREPARE SAMOSA
- Wash and peel the irish potatoes and carrot. Dice them into small cubes or sizes
- Pour them into pot, add green peas and salt into it. Boil with a little water for 5 minutes.
- Bring the pot down when the carrot and potatoes becomes soft, drain water out and set aside
- Slice onions round in circle form and set aside.
- Place frying pan on fire and allow to dry. Pour vegetable oil into it and allow it to get hot for 2 minutes.
- Pour the sliced onions into the hot oil, add curry powder, garlic and stir for 5 seconds
- Add the minced meat or chicken and fry. Stir it once in a while until it becomes pale.
- Add seasoning cube, chilli pepper and salt to taste
- Add the cooked vegetables into the content and mix them together on a moderate heat for 5 minutes
FOR THE DOUGH
Pour the sieved flour into a big bowl
Add warm water, salt and 3 spoonful of vegetable oil into it. Mix the content until you have a dough
Cover the dough with nylon, plastic material or wrap it with foil and make it air tight. Allow the dough to stay for about 15 minutes
Uncover the dough knead to smoothen it. Place it on a flat surface and use rolling pin to flatten the dough to a thickness of 3mm.
Cut the flattened dough in circles and cut into 2 equal parts. rub water in one of the edges. Make the shape triangular or cone, take a spoonful of the filling and scoop into the samosa. Rub water at the edges and close them together.
Place your pot of vegetable oil on fire allow it to be fully hot. Fry the samosa until it becomes very brown. Bring it out from fire into a sieve for the oil to drain.
You can as well prepare them by baking. Use egg to seal the mouth just as you will do with meatpie. Rub oil or butter in the baking tray, place your samosa on top and bake for 15 minutes in a temperature of 180 degree
WHY YOU SHOULD DO SAMOSA BUSINESS
The business is not crowded, we only have but a few individuals operating it.
It has an amazing taste which people coming back for more. That means you are sure to exhaust any number you produced. You wont even have to sweat to sell, samosa sells itself.
It is not capital intensive, you can start small and then build up money for expansion. With #20,000 you can start samosa business but if you want to start large #100,000 and above is good for a start.
The consumption rate is high and fast. People especially office workers, students, construction workers likes eating snacks. Find out the statistics of people that eat snacks in a day and you will be amazed. That is why samosa business will thrive because it cant be an exception
It is not difficult to prepare with little training you can start rolling out dozens of samosa on a daily basis.
It is a small business you can do at home.
Snacks business generally, is highly profitable and to maintain or increase profit you have to buy things in bulk. Like flour you just have to look for a way to buy in bags this way you will make more money than buying in retail.
If you carry out proper planning and good execution of the samosa business you are sure to make more than 50% of the returns on investment.
There are so many places to sell your samosa, they are: Schools, eateries, fast food joint, hotels, canteens, markets etc.
Print fliers and distribute for people who have occasion such as birthdays, naming ceremony, marriages, seminars, child dedication etc.
Advertise the business online so you can have a wider coverage.
You can employ people to market them around for you.
If you have mobility then that will be an added advantage, it therefore means you can cover many places in a day.
HOW TO SUCCEED\ STAND OUT
Develop and maintain a brand that is irresistible, let people know your product without even placing a label on it.
Be consistent, do not produce today and tomorrow you take a break. But rather produce more so as to accomodate new customers.
SAMOSA AND SPRINGROLL
You can combine samosa and springroll business. They are both made from the same process. The only difference is in the filling and the shape. Samosa is triangular in shape while sringroll has a sauageroll kind of shape.
The filling for samosa is meat sauce while that of springroll is from vegetable sauce.