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Meat sambusa   yemeni

Sambusa are a special food served all over the Middle East, Central and South Asia, and East/North Africa. They go by different names and have different ingredients and this is just one way you can prepare them. In Yemen these are a special Ramadan treat and are eaten during Iftar at sunset. The most common kinds are either beef (this recipe), potato, or cheese, but you can add any kind of filling that you like.


About 1 lb. of ground beef, more or less is okay
½ onion,chopped
1 tomato, chopped
2 green chilis, chopped (or to taste)
Salt to taste (I used ½ tsp.)
2 tablespoons oil
2 cloves garlic
Chopped cilantro or parsley, optional
1 tsp. hawaij (spice mix with cumin, coriander, cloves, cinnamon, turmeric, cardamom)
Sambusa wrappers

How to make

1.       Sautee the onions and garlic in oil over medium heat until slightly brown.

2.       Then add the tomatoes and cook until the water has evaporated.

3.       Add the beef and break up with a spoon. Add the chilis, spices, and salt. Cook until the meat is no longer pink and all the water is evaporated, about 15 minutes or so. It is important that the mixture be as dry as possible.

4.       Begin to spoon a bit of filling onto the end of each sambusa wrapper. I do this in an equilateral triangle shape. Then gently fold the sambusa over, keeping the filling tightly wrapped inside. Continue until you reach the end of the wrapper. Take care not to leave holes at the corners of the triangle because that will let in too much oil. (This happened to me on some of them).

5.       Fry in oil over medium-high heat until golden brown. (5-10 minutes). Best served when hot.


Alyson Morgane

Another way to cut and shape the sambusas is by buying these sambusa cutters. You can see here in this video.

This video also teaches you the recipe and it is very precise.

07.23.2014 Reply


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omg, that was so helpful i got so much help from this!!! I'm doing this project about bahrain [which is in the arabic region] without this i would be toast with butter on it!!!!!

THANX, HELPED SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!! : P

08.25.2014 Reply

Kendra Jones

Where can I get hawajj? My recipe does not have that in it (I lived in Bahrain).

06.09.2017 Reply