Ingredients:

Pastry:

3 cups all- purpose flour.
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
Water as needed for mixing the dough

Filling:

500g minced beef
1 medium onion finally chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon coriander seed powder
½ teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black paper
1 cup chopped coriander
1 cup chopped parsley
1/2 cup chopped dell

Method:

Mix together the flour, salt and oil. Rup them with your fingers tips.

Add water to the mixture and knead it till it becomes a soft pliable dough. The good indication that the dough is ready; if you press your finger on it, it will spring up.

Cover and set aside for 60 minutes

Filling:

Put the minced beef in a pan add to it garlic, ½ amount of the spices and stir it till it cooked.

Add the onion and stir for 2 minutes, then remove the pan from the stove to cool down.

Add the coriander, parsley, dell, and the rest of the spices. Mix it well.

Divide the dough to 5 portions.

Roll out each piece of dough. Using a cup and cut the dough into round pieces. Place a tablespoon of meat mixture in the center of each piece and seal the edges by twisting them.

Repeat till all the amount is done.

Deep fry the Sambosas on low to medium heat until light brown.

Serve with chilli sauce made of ground green chilli, garlic, green coriander, tomato, salt and lemon juice.

The story behind the recipe:

Sambousa or samosa is not only known in the Arabian Peninsula, but it is known in South and Central Asia, the Mediterranean, North and South Africa, and the Horn of Africa. The recipe is different in each area.

I got this recipe from my beloved mother. Sambousa is probably the most popular dish in Saudi Arabia during Ramadan.

The month of Ramadan is the Ninth month in the Hijri Calendar. It is the holy month of fasting and spiritual reflection. During this month family and friends comes together for Iftar (breaking fast). Iftar starts at Maghrib prayer time (Sunset time) by eating dates and drinking water or a bowl of hot soup. After that Maghrib prayer will be performed, then the main meal is served. Sambousa is one of the popular dishes among the traditional Iftar-delights.

Making Sambousa during Ramadan always brings back sweet memories, as I used to do it with my siblings in our family home mixed with laughter and joy, where everyone would do their job faster than the rest and tease them. This was all done while watching our favourite TV show at the time, Grendizer.

Sambousa is a delicious dish, that my kids like to eat with the fresh chili sauce. They usually say: “why you only do it during Ramadan, Mum?.”

Ramadan Mubarak for everyone!

FoodFaith would like to thank Sabah Shibli from the Artarmon Muslim Community Association who kindly shared this delicious recipe with us.