Sambusac

submitted by amanda

1/2 pound of cooked garbanzo beans (or 1 can)
large bunch of chopped parsley or cilantro
1 onion, diced
2 cloves of diced fresh garlic
1 pound of flour
1/2 pack of active yeast
Spices: cumin, corriander, curry powder, salt, hot sauce, etc. to taste

The sambusac is very similar to an Indian samosa, and is a 'grandfather'
to Latin American empanadas or Portuguese empadas. They are enjoyed as an
appetizer or a full meal, and yes, you can eat them with your hands! This
recipe makes approximately 12. I'll tell you what you can do :

Bread dough: You can use any bread dough recipe, or even buy it prepared
in the supermarket. However, I simply mix a little salt, the flour with
yeast and warm water. Add enough lukewarm water (about 1.5 cups) to the
flour until you can work with it as a pliable dough. Allow it to rest in a
warm covered area for 30-60 minutes.

Filling: Saute onions and garlic in a frying pan on medium heat until
translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the cooked garbanzo and spices and mash
the ingredients unti you make a paste. Remove from heat and mix in the
chopped parsley and salt to taste.

Frying: Now, divide the risen dough into about 15 balls. Flatten out each
ball into a circle of about 3 inches in diameter. Place large spoonful of
the garbanzo mixture in the center of the dough and fold over the sides
to form a closed pocket. Fry your simbusak in a generous portion of oil,
flipping once to brown each side. Serve as a side dish or main course.
It's sooo good! Although chickpeas are the traditional simbusak filling,
you can make it tasy with ground meat, or even cheese.

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