Saudi Samboosak

3 cups flour
2 grated onions
1 1/2 cups oil
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon bread spices(yeast, fennel, poppy seed)
1 teaspoon cumin
oil for frying
1 lb. ground beef or lamb

Put the flour in a deep bowl, add the bread spices and salt. Add the oil and rub with fingertips. Add water and a pinch of salt a little at a time, mixing thoroughly until dough is binding. Divide into small pieces, place on a tray and put in a warm place for one hour. Put ground meat, onion, salt, pepper and cumin in a frying pan and cook over low heat. Cool. Roll each piece of dough into a round, about 1/16 inch thick. Place a tablespoon of meat in the center of each round and seal then twist the edges. Heat the oil and deep fry the samboosak on both sides. Serve hot. Serves 8-10 persons.

Recipe from “Saudi Arabia Magazine” (an official publication of the Information Office of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia), Winter 1997


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