Crispy Beef Sambuus

Crispy Beef Sambuus
Photo: kabir cheema, Unsplash

By Erika Johnson

Beef Sambuus is a delicious and savory Somali appetizer similar to an Indian samosa. It is a fried or baked pastry filled with ground beef and aromatic spices such as cumin, coriander, and turmeric. Traditionally, the filling for Beef Sambuus is made with ground beef, but you can use lamb, chicken or vegetables for vegetarian option. Beef Sambuus is a versatile dish that can be served as an appetizer or as a main course with a side of salad or chutney. It is a crowd-pleasing dish that is easy to make and full of flavors.

If you're feeling adventurous, you can try making your own spice blend for the filling. Toasting whole spices like cumin, coriander, and fennel seeds before grinding them can give your Beef Sambuus an extra depth of flavor. You can also try adding some smoked paprika or chili powder for a spicy kick.

You can also experiment with different shapes and sizes. Instead of the traditional triangle shape, try making them into squares or rectangles for a unique twist. You can also make mini Beef Sambuus for a bite-sized appetizer perfect for parties.

Don't be afraid to get creative with your Beef Sambuus! With its delicious filling and crispy pastry, it's sure to be a hit no matter how you choose to make it.

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hr. 10 minutes

Yield: 20 sambuus

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For the filling

  • 1 lb. ground beef

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 tablespoon cumin

  • 1 tablespoon coriander

  • 1 tablespoon turmeric

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

For the pastry

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2/3 cup water

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
Crispy Beef Sambuus
Photo: kabir cheema, Unsplash


Step 1

In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

Step 2

Add the ground beef to the skillet and cook until browned, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks.

Step 3

Add the cumin, coriander, turmeric, salt, and pepper to the skillet and stir to combine. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until the spices are fragrant. Remove from heat and let the filling cool.

Step 4

In a large bowl, mix the flour and salt. Add the water and vegetable oil and stir to form a dough.

Step 5

Knead the dough for a few minutes until it is smooth and elastic. Cover and let it rest for 10 minutes.

Step 6

Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).

Step 7

Roll out the dough on a floured surface until it is very thin. Cut the dough into triangles.

Step 8

Spoon a tablespoon of filling onto the center of each triangle. Fold the edges of the triangle up and over the filling to form a pyramid shape. Pinch the edges of the dough together to seal.

Step 9

Place the Beef Sambuus on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

Step 10

Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce.

Alternative Cooking

Heat a large saucepan or deep fryer with enough oil to submerge the sambusas to 365°F (170°C). Fry the sambusas in small batches until they turn golden brown, then remove them from the oil and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to drain the excess oil.

Nutrition Information (per sambuus)

  • Calories: 200-250

  • Protein: 8-12 grams

  • Fat: 10-15 grams

  • Carbohydrates: 20-25 grams

  • Fiber: 1-2 grams

  • Sodium: 200-300 milligrams

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Note: Nutrition information may vary depending on the brand of ingredients used and any optional additions or substitutions.

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Experiment with your Beef Sambuus! It's a versatile dish that's sure to please with its savory filling and crispy pastry.
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