Call it food colonialism in reverse, but a British food manufacturer has started selling samosas in India, from where the delights of spicy dishes caught the imagination of the British palate 200 years ago. Farsan, an Indian food company based in the east Midlands town of Leicester, has opened a new factory in Gujarat to produce snacks such as samosas and bhajis.

Leicester offers many delights of Indian vegetarian cuisine.

The first Indian restaurant in Britain was opened by a Patna resident Sake Dean Mohammad in London in 1810.

He established the Hindoostan Coffee House at 34 George Street, Portman Square.

Farsan managing director Nainesh Patel is in India on a two-week tour to promote the new factory and market his products to supermarket chains.

He said: “There’s huge potential for UK companies in India.

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