I forgot to add - the Ambala samosas with corn in them - this is very traditional punjabi style. My mother used to make these with corn & peas mixed in the potatoes (no carrots), as well as pakoras made with corn & crushed black peper (I think I've seen these at Ambala, as well as traditional cauliflower & crushed black pepper pakoras).
Remember, this is the land of makki ki roti (corn bread)!
Hm. Yes, the pakoras Ive had some of before. But I grew up on samosas
that were nicely spicy, with potato and just peas usually (or not even
peas on occasion) - Ive eaten some very good food at dhabas in Punjab
when younger too, but maybe not the samosas (or just dont recall this
particular thing very well). The corn sort of surprised me - I asked the
girl at the counter and she said they put "mixed vegetables" in it (I dont
think I tasted carrot, however - that would have *really* thrown me off
Ive often been to Ambala, but usually just for the sweets which are
excellent - this time I was tempted by the samosas because the girl
was in the back stirring something, nobody out front - when she came
out I asked what was currently being cooked, and she said the samosas
were just ready (and who could ever then resist the temptation of
saying, "well, gee, hand me a couple" then?) They did have some pakoras
there too, but they werent as fresh and I didnt try them. On asking I
found that they do also serve chicken-roll type stuff - will have to try
that the next time (no beef at Ambala, so no beef samosas, they do
chicken samosa instead; and, it was specified, the stuff is cooked
entirely separately, so the oil is not the same for cooking chicken
samosas and veggie samosas etc, to avoid hurting veggie sensibilities).
Maybe Ambala should start something like a "halwa puri breakfast" thing.
I was at Tahoora for their breakfast at about 10pm, and it was still
fairly packed - I had a good 10 minute wait before they could fill my
order. Then I went on over to Ambala for their sweets - and I was the
only customer there, not a soul in sight, even the counter-girl back in
the kitchen finishing up the samosas. I used to be a Tahoora-guy for
sweets too, but now find Ambala clearly superior - but I wonder if theyre
doing anywhere near the sort of business that Tahoora is (Tahoora
seems busy enough that I think theyre about to move to expanded
premises across the street - saw a sign the other day, the new digs
appear as if they might be considerably larger). I really do hope Ambala
is doing at least reasonably well - with their quality I'd like the to be
around for quite a while.