Afghani Samboosak (Meat Pie)

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READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by Member 610488

These Afghani flaky meat pies are eaten to break the Muslim fast every evening during the month of Ramadan.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 40 spring roll wrappers (approximately 8 inches square)
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • oil (for frying)
  • Filling

  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1 leek, cleaned and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 12 lb ground beef or 12 lb ground lamb
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 12 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 egg whites, hard-boiled and chopped
  • oil (for frying)

Directions

  1. Saute the onions and leek in the oil until transparent. Add the meat, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook until done, breaking up lumps.
  2. Add the cumin and the chopped egg whites and mix well.
  3. Cut each spring roll skin into 3 strips of equal width (If the dough is not precisely square, use the slightly larger dimension for the length of the strip.) Lay out 3 to 4 strips on your work surface.
  4. Place a rounded tsp of the meat mixture toward the bottom right hand corner of each strip. Fold that corner diagonally over to the top left-hand corner, forming a triangle. As you fold, be certain that the side of the strip lines up perfectly with the folded portion. Continue as if folding a flag, alternately folding the bottom corners in a diagonal pattern. Seal the final flap with a bit of the flour paste.
  5. Deep-fry in small batches until golden brown (about 3-5 minutes) and drain on paper towels.

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