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Lentil Sambusa - Ethiopian Samosa

Lentil Sambusa Ethiopian Samosa
"Follow this Ethiopian Sambusa recipe to make Lentil Sambusas, a thin, flaky dough stuffed with lentils and Ethiopian Spices"


Try these amazing appetizers, Samosas with an Ethiopian twist!


  • 1 1/2 cups Beluga lentil soaked overnight Available Whole Foods
  • 11/2 cups Puy lentils
  • 4 jalapenos finely diced
  • 4 onion finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic finely diced
  • 1 cup cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Cardamom seeds crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • about 10 Spring Roll Sheets
  • olive oil for frying



  1. Soak the lentils overnight.
  2. Boil lentils the next morning until tender: About 20 minutes.
  3. Heat Olive oil and sauté the onion, garlic, jalapeno until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add spices, sauté: 2 minutes.
  5. Add the boiled and drained lentils and cook for about 10 minutes.
  6. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  7. Take off stove and let it cool.
  8. Add cilantro leaves.
  9. Heat oven to 400 degrees and have ready a non-stick baking sheet.
  10. Take a spring roll sheet and generously dampen the edge by dipping your fingers in the dish of water and spreading the water around the perimeter.
  11. Mound one heaping teaspoon of filling on the spring roll sheet.
  12. Close the sheet so that it’s now a triangle. Pinch the edge tightly and set on the baking sheet.
  13. Repeat until you run out of filling.
  14. Brush the sambusas liberally on all sides with olive oil.
  15. Bake until golden brown, about 6-10 minutes, then flip and brown on the other side for just about 2-3 minutes.


Demand Africa, September 2016

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