Monday, September 19, 2011

Beef Sambusa (An African Egg Roll)

I was introduced to Sambusa in sixth grade.  A friend and I made it for a sixth grade project and since then is has become a staple of our friendship. It is a wonderful comfort food that will leave your mouth watering! It's origins are African, perhaps the Islamic community.


1lb ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 carrot, diced
1/4 tsp cumin
1/2 Jalapeño, minced, seeds removed
1 Tb tomato paste
1 cup oil, for frying,
1 tsp water
1 tsp flour
1 package of spring roll wrappers

Add beef and cumin into a skillet and sauté over medium heat until brown.  Once cooked remove the beef from the pan, retaining as much of the beef fat as possible in the pan. Add the onion, garlic, carrot and jalapeño and sauté until tender, about 10 minutes.  Then season with salt and pepper.   Take off the heat and in a medium sized bowl combine meat, vegetables and tomato paste. 

Mix the water and flour in a small bowl.  Heat oil in a medium sized sauce pan.  Place 2 tablespoons of the beef mixture in the center of the spring roll wrapper, then wrap the roll according to how it is shown on the package, or more more instruction...   Use the flour mixture to seal the roll.  

Fry the roll in the oil, turning over every 20 seconds until the entire roll is a golden brown.  Remove from oil and place on a plate containing paper towels.  Allow some of the oil to come off and the rolls to cool, then enjoy!

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