Monday, July 29, 2013

Sambousek (Arabian Snack) سمبوسك

Sambousek is one of the most popular snack in Arab world. From Saudi Arabia to UAE, Kuwait, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt.  Try this recipe for Iftar this Ramadan and feels a touch and love with Arab world.

Ingredients For Dough:

  • Super Fine Wheat flour/starch (Maida)  1/4 kg
  • Salt  1/4 teaspoon
  • Cumin seeds 1/4 teaspoon
  • baking soda  1/4 teaspoon
  • Zaatar 1/2 teaspoon

Ingredients For Filling:

  • Minced lamb/Mutton 250g
  • Oil 1/4 teaspoon
  • Tomatoes chopped 1
  • Onion chopped  1
  • Parsley chopped 1 tablespoon
  • Green chillies chopped 1-2
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cardamom powder 1/2 teaspoon
  • Sumac powder 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cumin powder 1/2 teaspoon
  • Pine nuts  a few

Procedure For Filling Cooking:

  • Fry onion in oil till golden, then add tomatoes, and spices fry for 3 minutes.
  • Now add minced meat and fry for 5 more minutes, then add a cup water and continue to cooking till meat is tender. Evaporate excess water by increasing flame with constant stirring.
  • Now sprinkle green chillies, pine nuts and parsley.
  • Simmer and then cool. 
  • The Filling for Sambousek is ready.

Preparation and frying of Sambousek:
  • Add salt,  cumin , baking soda and zaatar to the flour and mix well. Then add little water to make a hard dough. Keep aside for 30 minutes in a cool and dry place.
  • Now make dough ball, wall nut size, from the prepared dough.
  • Take a dough ball flat it 3-4 inch diameter round  with the help of roller pin and board.
  • Place a small quantity of filling on it then fold to make semicircle shape.
  • Seal the open ends with the help of fork.
  • Make more sambousak from remaining dough.
  • Now heat oil in a deep frying pan, add 3-4 sambousek at a time and fry till golden in colour.
  • Delicious and tangy Samousek are ready.
  • Serve at Iftar with tomtot ketchup or chutney.