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Djibouti Samosas (Meat and Onion Pastry)

Samosas are famous all over the world, you will love this recipe!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Djibouti
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 123kcal
Author International Cuisine


  • For the Sauce:
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon crushed arbol chilies
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • For the dough:
  • 2 cups flour
  • pinch of salt
  • water as needed
  • For the filling:
  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  • 1 lb. minced meat beef, goat or lamb would be typical
  • 2 onions finely diced
  • 3 leeks finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • To cook the Samosas
  • Oil for frying


  • Saute garlic and arbol chilies in olive oil for 5 minutes.
  • Add in the tomatoes, vinegar and cumin and simmer for 10 minutes
  • Set aside and serve with the samosas
  • For the dough:
  • sift together flour and a pinch of salt
  • Add in water slowly so that the mixture becomes a stiff dough.
  • Shape into a ball and allow to rest
  • For the filling
  • Meanwhile, add oil to a frying pan and fry the meat for a few minutes
  • Add in the onions and leeks
  • Season with cumin and salt and pepper to taste
  • Fry together until the meat is cooked through and the onions and leeks are soft.
  • Roll out the pastry dough on a floured surface and cut into squares about 4" x 4".
  • Put a tablespoon of the meat mixture in the middle and fold over to make a triangle
  • Seal the edges by pressing them together firmly.
  • Heat oil in a pan or deep fryer and cook until golden brown and crispy.
  • Remove them with a slotted spoon and set on a paper towel to drain off any excess oil
  • Serve hot with the sauce, Enjoy!


Calories: 123kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 142mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 369IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg