A crane made by a Havant company played a major part in breaking an unusual world record.
Straightpoint, based in Dakota Park, provided lifting equipment to humanitarian charity Muslim Aid to help them achieve the Guinness World Record for the largest samosa.
Weighing in at 153.1kg, the oversized dish was made of 100kg of potatoes, 25kg of onion, 15kg of peas as well as 44kg of flour and traditional Indian spices.
The Havant-based firm were approached about supplying a manually operated material lift to help move the samosa and measure its weight accurately.
Working with Concord Lifting Equipment, the company gave the mosque a Genie Superlift Advantage, which had a load capacity of 454kg and a lifting height of 7.49m.
David Mullard, Straightpoint’s business development manager, said: ‘Concord approached us about a product that would weigh the samosa on their machine, asking specifically for something about 250kg in capacity to a high level of accuracy - 0.1 of a kilogram.
A Loadlink or Radiolink lifting machine are more typically suited to higher capacities or bigger machines, so the smaller, more precise option was chosen.David Mullard
‘A Loadlink or Radiolink lifting machine are more typically suited to higher capacities or bigger machines, so the smaller, more precise option was chosen.’
A team of 12 volunteers from Muslim Aid took 15 hours to create the super-sized samosa.
The dish was measured back in August at a mosque in East London.
It broke the previous record set by Bradford College, which cooked up a samosa weighing 110.8kg back in 2012.
Zac Hussain, from Muslim Aid, said: ‘We wanted to make a larger-than-ever version of this popular food to demonstrate visually how people of the Muslim faith work tirelessly throughout the year, and particularly during Eid, doing charitable acts to support the unfortunate in the community around them and further afield.’
The lift was combined with a custom fabricated, aluminium lifting frame that to move the samosa into the hot oil for cooking.
A custom deep fat fryer was also sourced for the record attempt.