Samosa …The Arabic Way

March 20, 2009 at 1:00 AM 43 comments

Before i start about the recipe … i need to apologize for not posting anything for a while .. and to thank everyone for the emails and comments asking about my absence … there are a couple of reasons for this .. one of which you all will find out soon … so thanx again for everyones concern …

So i know everyone is used to eating samosa and if not then at least have tried it once … this is a little different than the regular one .. living in the UAE i know that the cuisine here is influenced a lot by the Indian cuisine … so here the traditional recipes are biryani, samosa and others .. most of it is taken form the Indian cuisine .. but a little different … the spices, and the method of cooking is a little different .. In this recipe the stuffing used is simple minced meat … but you can fill it with anything .. from veg’s to cheese … all up to your choice … but the best part about this recipe is the fact that once done it can be frozen and used as needed …. to make it you will need:

- 3 cups flour

- 1/2 cup vegetable oil

- 1 ts salt

- 1 onion, finely chopped

- 1 lb ground meat, (beef or lamb .. which ever you prefer)

- 1 ts cumin

- 1 tb ghee

- salt and pepper .. to taste

samosa dough 1

In a bowl … mix the flour and the salt … then to it add the oil …

samosa dough 2

Mix everything well until the mixture resembles corn meal …

samosa dough 3

Now in a stand up mixer (or just by hand if u want) … add enough water to form a dough … i think around 1 cup .. just add little at a time .. what you are looking for is a dough that doesnt stick to the mixer … and easy to handle …

samosa dough 4

Shape the dough into  1.5 to 2 inch balls .. and place it on a lightly floured tray … Then let it rest for one hour … i know this dough doesnt have any yeast ..so dont expect it to rise … the resting part is to make it easier to roll out later..

samosa filling 1

While waiting for the dough to rest … prepare the filling … so for meat filling … start by melting the ghee or butter … then add the chopped onion .. and cook until translucent ..

samosa filling 2

Then add the minced meat and cook until nicely browned …

samosa filling 3

Once the meat is browned .. add the cumin, salt and pepper …

samosa filling

Mix everything well and set it aside to cool down before stuffing …

samosa dough 5

After one hour of resting .. the dough is now ready …. take one ball and roll it out into a circle …

Here im using a little equipment that makes life alot easier with filling stuff …

samosa dough 7

Fill the dough with meat …

samosa dough 7

Then if using this equipment then simply press to seal .. if not then also simply seal it with a fork …

samosa dough 8

Place them all on a tray …

At this stage you can freeze the samosa … and once u need to use it .. you simply take it out of the freezer straight into the deep fryer .. and fry it until golden …

Meat Samosa 1

So in a deep fryer … fry it until golden :D

Meat Samosa

And thats it … serve it with your choice of dip …

Enjoy :-)

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43 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Big Spoon Bakery  |  March 20, 2009 at 1:17 AM

    I LOVE samosas… and that little contraption you have makes the whole process so much easier!
    I’ve added mint to samosas before, and the result was AWESOME!

  • 2. meeso  |  March 20, 2009 at 1:30 AM

    That’s a nice recipe, different from what I’m use to, but I can tell It’s very delicious!

  • 3. limeandlemon  |  March 20, 2009 at 1:44 AM

    You are right Big Spoon Bakery … it does make the process much easier … im gonna try adding mint next time i make it … ;)

  • 4. limeandlemon  |  March 20, 2009 at 1:45 AM

    Thanx Meeso … its different than the traditional Indian way … but its really tasty .. let me know if u get to try it :)

  • 5. woody  |  March 20, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    great to see you back – hope you are ok.
    The samosas look yummy.

  • 6. limeandlemon  |  March 20, 2009 at 4:00 PM

    Thanx woody …. :)

  • 7. Gina  |  March 21, 2009 at 7:13 PM

    I never had a samosa but it looks very similar to an empanada! Looks great!

  • 8. limeandlemon  |  March 21, 2009 at 7:20 PM

    You are right Gina … its similar to empanada … and you can use whatever filling you like … its great for entertaining as you can prepare it much ahead of time .. and fry it when you need it … let me know if u get to try it .. and stay in touch :)

  • 9. onestopcook  |  March 21, 2009 at 9:04 PM

    Hi Laila,

    Glad to see you back! These look delicious…. Giving me all kinds of ideas.

    I’ve looked everywhere in my area for sumac but can’t find it. I remember you saying it tastes kind of like lemon, can you recommend and ingredient that is similar that can be substituted?

    I still want to make safiha, and know I see a few more things here I’d like to try:-) Thanks

    Take care,
    -David

  • 10. Kevin  |  March 21, 2009 at 10:55 PM

    Those samosa look good!

  • 11. limeandlemon  |  March 22, 2009 at 1:53 AM

    Thanx David … Well about the sumac its hard to substitute … you can try buying it online .. i saw many places that sells it …. let me know if u need to know some … and the best substitute that i can say would be tamarind paste (the sour one)… but to be honest it wont yet give you the same taste … because the sumac although sour it has its own distinct taste to it too … so let me know if u ever try to make it with tamarind …. and let me know if u try any other recipe … stay in touch :)

  • 12. limeandlemon  |  March 22, 2009 at 1:53 AM

    Thanx Kevin :)

  • 13. Becky  |  March 22, 2009 at 2:05 AM

    I’m so glad you’re back, Laila! I love samosas, so I can’t wait to try them. Check out my blog- I have a few foodie things on my Top Ten Tuesday posts.

  • 14. limeandlemon  |  March 22, 2009 at 2:47 AM

    Thanx Becky ..let me know how they turn out … and i will surely check your blog soon… stay in touch :)

  • 15. myovenhatesme  |  March 22, 2009 at 6:17 AM

    I absolutely LOVE samosas, and these look great!! I will probably try them sometime but they look a bit difficult haha…so we’ll see!

    By the way, you’ve got so many good recipes here…I’m going to add you to my blogroll if that’s okay :)

  • 16. limeandlemon  |  March 22, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Thanx myovenhatesme … Well they actually arent that hard to make .. the dough is very simple and the filling is too ..maybe the stuffing part :P … well i hope you get the courage to give it a try … they are worth the effort … So let me know if you get to try it ….
    You surely can add me to your blogroll …. Im goin to do that too… stay in touch :)

  • 17. judy thomas  |  March 22, 2009 at 2:09 PM

    Hey, Laila, just discovered your blog – love it! Particularly like that you give pictures. Now a question – I spent five years in Lebanon, with an Armenian cook, and one thing she made that I can’t find a good recipe for is Sambusiks, not that different from Samosas, but enough. Do you have one?

  • 18. limeandlemon  |  March 22, 2009 at 3:29 PM

    Thanx Judy …. i know what you mean .. its this recipe … in arabic we call it sambusiks (the arabic version of samosas) … if you think its not the same then describe it a little more to me so i can understand exactly what you mean … stay in touch … :)

  • 19. Noor  |  March 22, 2009 at 5:05 PM

    Mm, they look amazing. I am making some beef samboosas tonight for dinner. But I am using the ready made leaves :) thats what I love about living in the Middle East :)

  • 20. limeandlemon  |  March 22, 2009 at 5:39 PM

    Thanx Noor … well you are right … everythin is very much accessible around here .. so i love it here too :P… but this recipe tastes different than the ready made samosa … and its worth the effort .. let me know if you get to try it .. and let me know how your samosas turn out :) .. stay in touch :)

  • 21. Akansha's Recipe  |  March 23, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    wow this was cutest……… your photographic illustration was too good…….

  • 22. limeandlemon  |  March 23, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    Thanx Akansha … Let me know if u get to try it … stay in touch :)

  • 23. a fan from The Netherlands  |  March 23, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    Dear Laila,

    Just a note to let you know that I absolutely love your blog!

    Thank you so much for sharing your recipes with the rest of the world. I look forward to them.
    If you ever want any stroopwafels or drop (liquorice candy) from The Netherlands, just let me know. :)

    Take care!

  • 24. limeandlemon  |  March 23, 2009 at 5:19 PM

    Thanx alot a fan from The Netherlands … Im really glad that you like the blog …. and i hope you stay in touch and always give me your feedback :)
    ps. i absolutely love stroopwafels as well as the liquorice candy :P

  • 25. food-cook  |  March 24, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    i made this and it turned out great!
    i love finger food :-))

    thanks!

  • 26. limeandlemon  |  March 24, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    Thanx alot for your feedback Food-Cook … im glad you liked it … stay in touch :)

  • 27. Dan North  |  March 24, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Hey, that gadget looks really handy! I wonder where I can get one of those in the UK….

  • 28. limeandlemon  |  March 24, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    Hay Dan North … i was just checking for you about the gadget and all i could find was an as seen on TV ones .. one is called Party Trio and the other is called Pocket
    Snack Maker…. I actually got it here at the 1 to 5 AED shop (Similar to a dollar store) .. it was very cheap .. around 5 AED … you can check online and see for more info … let me know if you found anything about it … :) … stay in touch :)

  • 29. onlinepastrychef  |  March 25, 2009 at 3:27 AM

    I love love love samosas–these look wonderful. For people looking for that keen gadget, try searching “dumpling maker.” :)

  • 30. limeandlemon  |  March 25, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Thanx Onlinepastrychef :)

  • 31. ericwerner1  |  March 31, 2009 at 10:37 PM

    I’ve been looking for a great Samosa recipe for a long time. THis looks like a keeper. Great photos!!!!!!

  • 32. limeandlemon  |  April 1, 2009 at 1:20 AM

    Thanx EricWerner1 …. Let me know what you think when u try it … and stay in touch :)

  • 33. saveur et delice  |  April 4, 2009 at 1:52 AM

    this look delicious ,yammmi,yammmmmmmmmi
    Have anice week-end

  • 34. limeandlemon  |  April 4, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    Thanx Saveur Et Delice … Stay in touch :)

  • 35. slodseffees  |  April 5, 2009 at 6:09 AM

    Great site this limeandlemon.wordpress.com and I am really pleased to see you have what I am actually looking for here and this this post is exactly what I am interested in. I shall be pleased to become a regular visitor :)

  • 36. limeandlemon  |  April 5, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    Thanx slodseffees … im glad you found what you are looking for … let me know how it turns out when u get to try it …. and stay in touch :)

  • 37. charanraajeev  |  April 5, 2009 at 7:41 PM

    this brings me memories of my collage days where we would eat samosas after collage while walking home :).. I love the one with the deep fried onions.. absolute yumm

  • 38. UrbaCe  |  April 11, 2009 at 6:49 AM

    excellent site this limeandlemon.wordpress.com terrific to see you have what I am actually looking for here and this this post is exactly what I am interested in. I shall be pleased to become a regular visitor :)

  • 39. limeandlemon  |  April 11, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Thanx UrbaCe …. im glad you found what you are looking for here … let me know how it turns out when u get to try it … and stay in touch :)

  • 40. cookerycontent  |  April 14, 2009 at 6:59 AM

    Picture-perfect samosas!

  • 41. limeandlemon  |  April 14, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    Thanx Cookerycontent …. stay in touch :)

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