Wednesday January 25, 2012 00:33

Israeli or Mediterranean Sambusak Recipe

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My mother used to make sambusak all the time.

Here is a good recipe.

For the Dough:

  • 1 1/2 tsp dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cup water (Warm)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
How to make the dough:
Dissolve the yeast in the water  until  foamy.

Mix the salt ,  baking powder,  sugar, flour (leaving a little to add as needed) add water and mix.

Knead dough until firm.  (All this can be done in a food processor)

Cover the bowl and allow the dough to rise for 2-3 hours.

For the filling:
  • 1 extra large onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and lightly mashed (just crush them a little with a  wooden  spoon or the bottom of a cup)
  • 1/4 bunch fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
Saute the onions until light brown, add the  garbanzo beans, cilantro, cumin, coriander, salt, and black pepper and mix for about a minute on medium heat.
Roll the dough thin and cut 3” circles  put enough filling and close the circle on itself to shape of a half circle.   Fry  until  golden brown.
Note:  In some places it’s customary to add eggs to the sambusak, I don’t like it.  If you like it then for each or a few pieces of sambusak add the following:
  • Break an egg into a greased cup  cover with paper.
  • Cook in a microwave oven on High setting for 30-40 seconds. (This depends on your microwave)


Watch how it’s made:


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