Beef Samosa

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Samosa is a triangular-shape savory pastry fried in oil, containing spiced vegetables, ground beef/lamb, ground chicken or fish. In the Kenyan Cuisine, samosas are considered as exotic snacks of all times. Below is a simple recipe for ground beef samosas which are my favorites!

Enjoy!

Beef Samosa filling

Ingredients 

1 kg ground beef

¼kg fresh or frozen green peas

2 red onions, finely chopped

5 cloves of garlic, grated

1-inch fresh ginger, grated

1 fresh green chilli, finely chopped (Optional)…

½ teaspoon of turmeric

½ teaspoon cumin seeds

1 bunch of fresh coriander, coarsely chopped

Juice of ½ a lemon (optional)

Salt and ground pepper to taste

Instructions

On a medium heat, cook meat in uncovered frying pan or wok. Stir constantly to ensure all lumps are broken. Before the water completely evaporates, add peas, onions, ginger, garlic, chili and spices. Season with salt and pepper

Remove from heat and stir in fresh coriander and the lemon juice

Remove from heat and allow to cool completely

For the dough pastry you’ll need;

4 cups of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of salt
4 tablespoons of any vegetable oil
1 ½ cups of warm water
*Extra flour for rolling

Instructions

In a mixing bowl, mix together flour, salt and vegetable oil until it is crumbly. Slowly add water little at a time as you knead the dough. Keep kneading for 15-20 minutes until it is soft, smooth and not sticking in either your hands or the walls of your bowl

Cover dough pastry in a slightly greased container and let it rest for 30minutes to 1 hour at a room temperature

Dived the dough into 4-5 equal balls preferably not very big

Roll out a ball into ca. 6-inch diameter circle, brush a little oil on it and lightly sprinkle some flour

Repeat this process with all the other balls of dough while gently laying them on top of each other

Use your rolling pin to thinly roll out the pilled dough into a diameter of 10-12 inches

Preheat a skillet on a medium heat and place the rolled out dough on top of it. Let it cook until it starts to bubble up (make sure not to burn it). Flip it over and cook the other side until it bubbles up too

Neatly place your half cooked wraps on a clean surface and using a knife, quarter them into 4 equal parts (with each part forming a triangle shape)

Separate the triangles very gently and cover them with a clean cloth to avoid drying up

Preparing Samosa pockets and deep frying

In a small mixing bowl, mix ½ a cup of flour with a little water and make a thick flour paste to serve as a “glue” for sealing samosa pockets

Follow the simple steps showed below to prepare samosa pockets

Fold all samosa pockets first in a cone shape before filling them with the cooled meat. Use a small ice cream scoop or a tablespoon to fill the samosa pockets (Do not overfill them)

Seal using the “glue” you prepared (Seal them very well otherwise they’ll open up when frying!)

Filled and sealed samosa pockets can be stored in the refrigerator and be deep fried the next day or one can also deep freeze them  as desired

Heat up oil in a deep frying pan or Wok

Test  your oil by gently dropping a small piece of dough into the oil. If the dough stays at the bottom for a couple of seconds then rises to the surface then your oil is ready for frying but if it rises up immediately after dropping it into the oil, then your oil is too hot and you need to reduce the heat. Too hot oil will only cook the outside and the inside will be uncooked especially if the samosas were frozen

Deep fry samosa till golden brown on both sides and crispy, use a kitchen paper or a clean towel to drain off any excess oil

Serve hot or cold accompanied by a chutney of any kind or a piece of fresh lime
Samosa bite
Enjoy

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75 Comments Add yours

  1. leah says:

    i lv cooking nd those samosas yummy

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    1. admin says:

      Hi Leah! So do I…;-)…Did you try the Recipe Out? Best Regards….

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  2. annie says:

    Nice recipe…how do you make sure they are not soft after cooking them.

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    1. admin says:

      Hey Annie,
      When deep frying them, make sure the oil is hot enough then drain them on paper towels once they are golden brown and crispy!
      Enjoy.

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  3. Jay says:

    I would love to try out this recipe , have a few questions….when adding the onions upto what consistency should they be cooked? Or give an estimated time of how long to continue cooking the mixture of beef , onions and spices… Are the peas you are adding pre-cooked? thanks….

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    1. admin says:

      Hello Jay,
      Cook your onions until soft. The mixture should be cooked not long! about 5 minutes since when deep frying the samosa’s, the other ingredients will cook as well in the hot oil. the peas and not pre-cooked.
      Best Regards

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  4. brenda says:

    i really loved the recipe…
    it was well spelt out and easy to follow…
    i look foward to more recipes
    a local kebab recipe would really help…
    thanks alot

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    1. admin says:

      Hello Brenda, most Welcome 😉
      Nice to hear that..
      Stay tuned for more Recipes.
      Kebab Recipe Coming up soon, xx

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  5. Irene Kinuthia says:

    I like all your recepies. Kindly send me all the recepies you have on my subscribed email

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    1. admin says:

      Hello Irene,
      I will definitely do that! Enjoy Cooking..

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  6. AGATHA CHRISTINE MAKOKHA says:

    luv the recipe. shall try it out and see.

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    I love the recipies and wish to subscribe

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  8. MODESTY says:

    I have really enjoyed the recipe
    I kindly request you to also send me the recipe on how to cook all types of cakes . Via my email address .

    Thank you .

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    1. admin says:

      Hello Modesty,
      I will definitely do that! xx

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  9. Mercy Ezomo says:

    am in luv cus i want to know how to cook – the kenyan foods

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  10. Judy says:

    Thank you admin for the recipe. prepared this for a group of friends and they totally loved them.

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    1. admin says:

      You are welcome Judy! Thanks for the feedback.
      Best Regards

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  11. john says:

    hey.
    lovely article. do u have the recipe for Kenyan style kebabs?
    if so please email it to me.

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    1. admin says:

      Hello John,
      I have a the Recipe yes, have been asked about it a few times! I have a cookbook coming soon and the recipe is included! stay tuned..

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  12. velice says:

    Nice recipe. I wld try it out. I wld wish to subscribe

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      Hello Velice,
      Thank you! subscribe via email (on the left side of the blog) and New Recipes will be delivered directly to your email account.
      Thank you and Happy Cooking.

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  13. kevin says:

    Hello..
    This is a great site,great recipes…i liked your samosa recipe a lot. am intending to start a small kebab and samosa business at my college, but i havent really mastered how to prepare kebabs…would u please take me through how to prepare perfect kebabs, any advice and what i need to start my business going? Thank you in advance.

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  14. kevin says:

    hello velice..
    please take me through how to prepare kebabs…i am intending to start a small kebab and samosa joint at our college and i really want to master the art of preparing kebabs…thanks in advance.

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  15. Sally says:

    Hey
    The recipes are superb…haven’t tried any yet but am so looking forward…just saw the website. Thanks

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  16. judy wahome says:

    the recipe was waooooh

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    1. admin says:

      Thank you for the feedback Judy.
      Happy Cooking..

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  17. Cheptoo Cece says:

    I always thought making samosas were hard, but after this post, I will definitely try this soon.
    Could you please make kebabas?? I tried this recently on my blog, but it didnt work out as expected. Point me to where I went wrong.

    http://tastiedine.wordpress.com
    TD.

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    1. admin says:

      Hello Cheptoo, I have a ecookbook I published 2 days ago and it has the Kebab recipe described step by step. Happy cooking!

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  18. Alissa says:

    My husband made these for me and they were delicious! I’ve never had them before but he had raved about them. He was right, they are amazing! We will be making them again this weekend for friends.

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    1. admin says:

      Hello Alissa,
      Thank you for the feedback. hope your friends liked them like you did?
      Happy Cooking.

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  19. Nicole M says:

    Hey there! I just wanted to thank you for the lovely recipe!! I haven’t had authentic sambusas ever since I moved to Canada and these are PERFECT. Thank you, I’m looking forward to trying your other recipes.

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    1. admin says:

      You are welcome Nicole.
      Thank you for the feedback!

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    Love your recipes, would like to subscribe..

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  21. GEORGE-HOPE says:

    WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW I LIKE YOUR RECIPES THANKS

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    1. admin says:

      You are welcome George-Hope.
      Happy Cooking!

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  22. Huldah says:

    I love yummy staff this is one of it.looking forwad for the ebook

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    1. admin says:

      Hello Hulda,
      The ebook is already out! please check the right side of the blog site.
      Happy Cooking.

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  23. Patricia says:

    When we lived in Nairobi, the samosas at the Thorn Tree did not have peas in and so I have continued to make mine that way. Peas can be omitted, thankfully!!!!!

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    1. admin says:

      Just to remind you Patricia, this recipe is not from Thorn Tree! If you wish to omit Peas, then please!
      Thanks.

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  24. Faith says:

    Thank you so much for sharing the samosa & mahamrirecipes and all the other wonderful, mouth-watering recipes! Happy New Year!!!

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    1. admin says:

      Thank you too Faith for the encouraging feedback.
      HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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  25. Audrey says:

    hiii
    I just subscribed. hoping to get the recipes .
    so exited to come across this blog.
    cheers!

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    1. admin says:

      Happy New Year Audrey and welcome!
      Cheers.

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  26. DEE says:

    i love the recipe..will surely try it out

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  27. Magge says:

    I tried this recipe n itwas amazing. My family loved them. Thank u!!

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    1. admin says:

      You are welcome Magge. Glad to hear your family loved them.

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  28. esther says:

    Wow it turned out great.my husband loved it?.

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    1. admin says:

      Glad to hear that Esther. 🙂

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  29. Purity says:

    This is a good place to learn more

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  30. when do you put the lemon juice?

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    1. admin says:

      Read the instructions carefully Patrick Muchiri.

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  31. Sharon says:

    Wow am really impressed how its easy to cook samosas.looking forward to prepare some

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  32. Eva says:

    Waooh have always wanted to learn how to make samosas,this recipe sounds very easy.I will try it out.Thanks

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    1. admin says:

      Welcome Eva, Home made samosas are very easy to make and take no time!

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  33. paul mugo says:

    Wow…….,I luv samo’s…… And I’ll definitely try this recipe. Wish me luck!

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    1. admin says:

      Good luck Paul!
      Happy Cooking..

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  34. Mercy says:

    I would like to be sharing all the wonderful mouth watering recipes.

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      Hello Mercy,
      Go ahead! subscribe with your email address for notification of new recipes.
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  35. Tabitha Parker says:

    i’m working on a project for school. my sister visited Kenya and said that these might be hard to make. are they???

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    1. admin says:

      Hey Tabitha,
      Why don’t you give it a try?

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  36. Tabitha Parker says:

    I just recently tried this recipe and it’s rubbish…… very upsetting………… i will never use this site again for recipes!

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    1. admin says:

      Hi Tabitha,
      What exactly do you mean by “rubbish”?
      Maybe the problem lies in you and
      not the recipe or site! Out of all the 30+ comments on this recipe yours is the only one which is rude and bitter!
      Between, you did not even pay for it any you are making an elephant just because it did not work to your
      expectations! please take your negativity somewhere else!
      I invest lots of hours on developing and tasting my recipes and it’s people like you that I cannot stand!

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  37. edith says:

    I absolutely love the recipe will be tryn soon……and hey kp up the gud wrk

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    1. admin says:

      Thank you Edith..
      Let me know how they come out!

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  38. Lillian says:

    Hi! I am a 29 year old woman from Norway.
    Yesterday I cooked your sambusa, they turned out really well, and tasted exactly like the ones we have been eating in Tanzania.
    My husband is from Tanzania and he really loved it.
    Is it possible to get your recipe’s on email?

    Asante sana!

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    1. admin says:

      Hello Lillian

      Thank you foe your feedback! am glad to hear your samosa turned out excellent!
      Please subscribe with your email address on the right side of the blog for notification of new recipes.
      You can also get the e-book which has other authentic recipes.

      Best regards and happy cooking.

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  39. fatla says:

    I love this very very much

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  40. oliver says:

    how many will this recipe make?

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  41. kelvin says:

    Love it

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  42. Caroline N. says:

    Wow! What a great site…….I have been looking for ages……now its me and my kitchen. I want to win the family award this year for the best and tasty samosas courtesy of your guide. Thanks so much for the recipe and please share more.

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    1. admin says:

      Dear Caroline.
      You are most welcome.
      Thank you too for your feeback!
      Happy Cooking.

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  43. carol kami says:

    Hi Admin, loved the samosa recipe and would love to subscribe for more recipes. Want to prepare Mahamri.

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    1. admin says:

      Hello Carol.
      Welcome a board! Thank you for the feedback.
      Have you tried the Mahamris yet?
      Happy Cooking.

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