Sambusek: Traditional Food

Traditional foods are prepared and eaten during Ramadan, when Muslims fast from sun up to sundown.  One of my favorites is called sambusek, similar to a Chinese eggroll.  They come in a variety of shapes.  These are triangular shaped, stuffed with a ground lamb, beef or chicken mixture.  They are deep fried to a golden brown.  During Ramadan, restaurants that make good sambusek are besieged with customers during the late afternoon hours prior to sundown.  Men are lined up to purchase the tasty finger foods to take home and eat when the fast is broken.

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American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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6 Responses to Sambusek: Traditional Food

  1. Amal says:

    sound great! I was wondering can you post the recipe and how to make these… they sound delicious…

  2. Hi Marahm – Yes, I agree – many of the restaurants make really yummy ones. They are really a lot of work to make yourself, but no restaurant or any other relatives sambuseks can compare to the ones my hubby makes. They are absolutely scrumptious!

  3. Marahm says:

    The flavors of Indian Samosas and Saudi Samusek are entirely different, but equally tastey! I loved them both. We used to get sambousek every day during Ramadan from three different restaurants within walking distance of our apartment.

    I’ve made them myself, but they were so cheap and so fresh and delicious from the restaurants I always looked forward to my husband bringing them home.

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  5. Hi Ab!
    Yes, they are similar to the Indian Samosa. I have had those too, with a potato and peas mixture – very tasty! Not sure if the word comes from Arabic or Indian though! Definitely related.

  6. Ab says:

    These are the same thing as Indian Samosas (I think the word sambusek comes from that too!)

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