Samosa Lady of Ottery achieves target in world record attempt
PUBLISHED: 12:30 08 December 2018
An Ottery businesswoman is hoping her efforts will land her a place in the record books after making more than 500 samosas in 24 hours.
Tina Chauhan-Challis, the Samosa Lady of Ottery, made 514 of the tasty treats as part of her Guinness World Record challenge.
Cheers erupted in her Broad Street shop on Saturday night as she finished the challenge half-an-hour ahead of schedule.
Her efforts were filmed on a fixed camera and will be sent to Guinness World Record adjudicators for review.
Tina said: “I want to say a massive thank-you to everyone that came and kept me going.
“It didn’t go to plan, I ran out of filling and I had planned to do the filling first and then do the pastry and you are doing the whole process on your own. Throughout the night you get a blast of energy then you go really slow.
“There is a world record for the biggest ever samosa but nothing for the largest number of samosas.
Speaking to the Herald before the challenge, Tina said she was confident she would reach the 500 milestone, in her solo effort.
She said: “My game plan is to prepare all the mixes and fillings and once the fillings are done they can be cooled down and I can start rolling the pastry out.
“On Saturday morning, I will start making up the samosas really to start selling them.
“No-one is allowed to help me out, unless it’s the washing up.”
It’s not just making a samosa, it’s making the mix from scratch which can take five to six hours.
“Samosas are not a street food, they are a delicacy, I would have them twice a year at special occasions.
“They are so time consuming.
“Every region makes them differently, this is the way my mum has always done them.
“Ottery made me the Samosa Lady.
“They helped me when I opened the shop, everything in here has been given to me.
“I had no money, I had the first month’s rent paid and had nothing in here.”
More than 100 samosas were sold on the day, with proceeds set to be donated to an Ottery cause.
Tina offered six prizes out to anyone who could guess how many samosas she could make in the time limit.
The closest answer to 514 won a dining experience at the restaurant, with a further five runners-ups receiving a golden ticket to use within shops in the town.
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