Arab mini cheese pies popular under different names in Asia and Africa

Samosa

INGREDIENTS:
For the dough:
(makes about 22 pies)
180 g all-purpose flour
90 g semolina
50 ml cold water
¼ teaspoon salt

sesame for sprinkling

For the filling*:
250 g Muenster cheese (can be replaced with yellow cheese)
1 egg
a pinch of salt

This is what the Muenster cheese looks like:

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The filling can also be made of meat, chickpeas etc. Here are a few examples:

Meat filling:
400 g veal or lamb mince
1 onion
2-3 tablespoons pine nuts
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon coriander
salt
black pepper
parsley

Boil the onion, add the meat mince and the spices and cook until it’s ready.

Chickpeas filling:
1 can of boiled chickpeas
1 onion
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon black pepper
a pinch of crushed ginger
a pinch of grated nutmeg

Boil the onion in olive oil; add the well-drained chickpeas, the spices and then blend it all.

Sweet filling:
(if you are going to make a sweet variation of sambusak replace the salt in the dough with 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar)
1 can (397 g) condensed milk
1 tablespoon starch
100 g crushed almonds
50 g crushed pine nuts
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon rose water

Mix the starch with the condensed milk and cook over low heat until it thickens. Add the rest of the ingredients. Once the sambusaks are ready syrup them with a syrup made of equal quantities of water and sugar.

PREPARATION:
Mix the flour, semolina, water, salt and butter in a bowl. Knead and make walnut-sized balls of the dough. If you want them to be completely equal in size measure them with a kitchen scale. Mine were 20 g each.

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Roll each ball and sprinkle half of it with sesame. Press with your finger so that the sesame sticks well to the dough. The circle should be about 3-4 mm thick.

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Turn it so that the sesame faces down and make a small pile of the filling.

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Fold it and press carefully with wet fingers to close it from all sides.

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Fold the edges carefully as shown on the photos below.

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Place the sambusaks in a baking tray, covered with baking paper.

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Bake for about 20-25 minutes at 200°C, until they start turning pink in color.
They can also be fried with lots of sunflower oil.

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