Uzbek Samsa

Samsa is an oven baked pastry with various fillings such as meat, pumpkin, potato. Samsa with meat is a staple dish of Uzbekistan.

Uzbek Samsa
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Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
30 min
For Pastry
  1. 200 ml lukewarm water
  2. 1 egg
  3. 50 g softened butter
  4. 50 ml sunflower oil
  5. 1/2 tsp salt
  6. 450-500 g plain flour
For Filling
  1. 350 g beef rump steak with fat
  2. 250 g (2-3 medium) onions
  3. a bunch of fresh coriander, finely chopped
  4. 2 tsp cumin seeds
  5. salt and pepper to taste
  6. 3 tbsp melted beef dripping, for brushing
  7. nigella seeds to sprinkle
Instructions
  1. For pastry -- combine all ingredients except for the flour.
  2. Gradually add the flour and knead a non-sticky dough.
  3. Cut into 3 even parts, cover with a kitchen towel and leave to rest for ~30 minutes.
  4. For filling -- cut the meat and fat in very small pieces using a meat-chopper, alternatively use a knife.
  5. Finely chop the onions. This can be done using the chopper as well.
  6. Combine the meat, fat, onions, chopped coriander and cumin seeds. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Roll each part of the dough into a very thin sheet.
  8. Brush top of the first sheet with a melted beef dripping, wait 10-15 seconds until it is dry then cover with the second sheet.
  9. Brush again, cover with the last sheet and then brush again.
  10. Roll together all three layers of dough into a big sausage. Cut into 2-2.5 cm pieces.
  11. Roll each piece ~2-2.5 mm. Place the filling in the middle, fold in edges to make a triangle and place on a parchment with a seam down.
  12. Scatter over the nigella seeds.
  13. Bake in a preheated to 200C oven for ~30 minutes.
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