READY IN: 1hr 15mins
Recipe by MamaJ

I found this on all recipes. It is a Somali recipe that is a lovely appetizer. It is often served during Ramadan. Shredded beef may be substituted for ground beef. Posted for ZWT4.

Top Review by Julie Bs Hive

Got a backyard thing going on today and this is one of the few appetizers I put out for my hungry crowd. I prepared the filling last evening and brought it to room temperature before putting the sambusas together. The last-minute frying while everybody's out having a good time I didn't like but the recipe I like! Made for ZWT4.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions, leek and garlic, and cook, until the onions are tender.
  2. Add ground beef, and cook until about halfway done. Season with cumin, cardamom, salt and pepper.
  3. Mix well, and continue cooking until beef has browned.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour and water to make a thin paste.
  5. Using one wrapper at a time, fold into the shape of a cone.
  6. Fill the cone with the meat mixture, close the top, and seal with the paste. Repeat until wraps or filling are used up.
  7. Pour oil into a deep heavy pot to a depth of two to three inches.
  8. Heat to 365-375 degrees.
  9. There should be enough oil to submerge the wraps.
  10. Fry the sambusas a few at a time until golden brown.
  11. Drain on paper towels.
  12. Serve while hot.

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