Samosa …The Arabic Way

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 intoΒ  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 πŸ˜€

Meat Samosa

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

Enjoy πŸ™‚ …

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42 Comments Add yours

  1. Big Spoon Bakery says:

    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 says:

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

  3. limeandlemon says:

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

  4. limeandlemon says:

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

  5. woody says:

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

  6. limeandlemon says:

    Thanx woody …. πŸ™‚

  7. Gina says:

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

  8. limeandlemon says:

    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 πŸ™‚

  9. onestopcook says:

    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 says:

    Those samosa look good!

  11. limeandlemon says:

    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 πŸ™‚

  12. limeandlemon says:

    Thanx Kevin πŸ™‚

  13. Becky says:

    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 says:

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

  15. 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 πŸ™‚

  16. limeandlemon says:

    Thanx myovenhatesme … Well they actually arent that hard to make .. the dough is very simple and the filling is too ..maybe the stuffing part πŸ˜› … 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 πŸ™‚

  17. judy thomas says:

    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 says:

    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 … πŸ™‚

  19. Noor says:

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

  20. limeandlemon says:

    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 πŸ™‚ .. stay in touch πŸ™‚

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

  22. limeandlemon says:

    Thanx Akansha … Let me know if u get to try it … stay in touch πŸ™‚

  23. a fan from The Netherlands says:

    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. πŸ™‚

    Take care!

  24. limeandlemon says:

    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 πŸ™‚
    ps. i absolutely love stroopwafels as well as the liquorice candy πŸ˜›

  25. food-cook says:

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

    thanks!

  26. limeandlemon says:

    Thanx alot for your feedback Food-Cook … im glad you liked it … stay in touch πŸ™‚

  27. Dan North says:

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

  28. limeandlemon says:

    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 … πŸ™‚ … stay in touch πŸ™‚

  29. I love love love samosas–these look wonderful. For people looking for that keen gadget, try searching “dumpling maker.” πŸ™‚

  30. limeandlemon says:

    Thanx Onlinepastrychef πŸ™‚

  31. ericwerner1 says:

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

  32. limeandlemon says:

    Thanx EricWerner1 …. Let me know what you think when u try it … and stay in touch πŸ™‚

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

  34. limeandlemon says:

    Thanx Saveur Et Delice … Stay in touch πŸ™‚

  35. slodseffees says:

    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 πŸ™‚

  36. limeandlemon says:

    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 πŸ™‚

  37. charanraajeev says:

    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 says:

    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 πŸ™‚

  39. limeandlemon says:

    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 πŸ™‚

  40. cookerycontent says:

    Picture-perfect samosas!

  41. limeandlemon says:

    Thanx Cookerycontent …. stay in touch πŸ™‚

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