Sambusa Recipe - The Savory Stuffed Delight from East Africa

Dish recipes: Sambusa
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Sambusa, also known as samosa in many parts of the world, is a delectable East African treat that has gained popularity far beyond its place of origin. These triangular pastries are filled with a flavorful mixture of meat and spices, making them a beloved snack or appetizer. In this recipe, we'll guide you through the steps to create mouthwatering Sambusas that will transport you to the bustling streets of East Africa.


For the Pastry:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup water

For the Filling:

  1. 1 lb (450g) ground beef or lamb

1 onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

1/2 teaspoon paprika

Salt and pepper to taste

1 cup frozen peas and carrots, thawed

Vegetable oil for frying


Step 1: Prepare the Pastry

In a mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour and salt. Gradually add vegetable oil while mixing until the mixture becomes crumbly. Slowly add water and knead the dough until it's smooth and elastic. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rest for 30 minutes.

Step 2: Make the Filling

In a large skillet, heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add chopped onions and minced garlic, sauté until they become translucent. Add the ground beef or lamb and cook until it's browned and crumbly. Season the meat with ground cumin, ground coriander, ground turmeric, paprika, salt, and pepper. Stir in the thawed peas and carrots and cook for a few minutes until they are tender. Remove the filling from the heat and let it cool.

Step 3: Shape the Sambusas

Divide the rested dough into equal-sized balls. Roll each ball into a thin oval or round shape, about 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter. Cut each oval or round in half to create two semi-circles.

Step 4: Fill and Seal

Take one semi-circle of dough and fold it in half to create a triangular shape. Place a spoonful of the meat filling in the center of the triangular dough. Fold the dough over the filling, creating a triangle. Seal the edges by pressing them together with a fork.

Step 5: Fry the Sambusas

In a deep skillet, heat vegetable oil for frying over medium-high heat. Carefully place the prepared Sambusas into the hot oil. Fry until they turn golden brown and crispy, about 3-4 minutes per side. Remove the Sambusas and place them on a paper towel to drain excess oil.

Step 6: Serve and Enjoy

Serve your homemade Sambusas hot with your favorite dipping sauce or chutney.

You've successfully created a batch of flavorful Sambusas, a beloved East African snack that's sure to impress your taste buds. Whether you enjoy them as a snack, appetizer, or part of a larger meal, Sambusas offer a delightful combination of crispy pastry and savory filling. Share these delicious treats with friends and family, and savor the rich flavors of East Africa in every bite. Enjoy your homemade Sambusas!