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Sambuusa (Djiboutian savory pastries)Sambuusa

Djiboutian savory pastries

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions, leek and garlic; cook and stir until onions are transparent. Add ground beef; cook until meat is about halfway done. Season mixture with cumin, cardamom, salt and black pepper; continue to cook until beef is fully browned. Allow to cool before assembling Sambuusa. In a small bowl, mix together flour and water to make a thin paste. Fold spring roll wrappers into cone shapes. Fill cones with the meat mixture; close tops and seal with flour-water paste. Repeat process with remaining spring roll wrappers and meat filling. Heat vegetable oil to 365-degrees F in a deep-fryer or wok. Fry Sambuusa a few at a time until golden brown. Remove carefully; drain on paper towels. Recipe makes about two dozen.


Suggestion: Serve with chutney, hot sauce or sweet-and-sour sauce for dipping.


Food Fare: Middle Eastern RecipesNote: Sambuusa is commonly served during Ramadan.


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*Sambuusa image (C) La Catholique (2009). Used under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.


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