SAMBOUSA: A Delicious Appetizer on Iftar Table

saambuusSambousa is a kind of stuffed pastry, which you’ll find as a tasty starter. It is a very popular appetizer in many Arab countries, especially during Ramadan. What’s interesting is, you can be creative and use any stuffing like cheese, vegetables or sausages.


1 (14 ounce) package spring roll wrappers
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 lbs ground beef
1 leek, chopped
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground cardamom
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon water
oil (for frying)

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions, leek and garlic, and cook until the onions are tender.
  • Add ground beef, and cook until about halfway done. Season with cumin, cardamom, salt and pepper.
  • Mix well, and continue cooking until beef has browned.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the flour and water to make a thin paste.
  • Using one wrapper at a time, fold into the shape of a cone.
  • Fill the cone with the meat mixture, close the top, and seal with the paste. Repeat until wraps or filling are used up.
  • Pour oil into a deep heavy pot to a depth of two to three inches.
  • There should be enough oil to submerge the wraps.
  • Fry the sambusas in the hot oil, a few at a time until golden brown.
  • Drain on paper towels.
  • Serve hot.

You may also substitute minced meat with your favorite cheese and/or vegetables.

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