Saudi Sambosa | Mung Bean and Meat Samosas

Today Saudi Arabia celebrates 87th National Day while we celebrate the 5th year of knowing each other and it is a never-ending journey. It is an occasion worth a sweet dish, but you know me, I am savoury-toothed, so I have a simple and unique Saudi Sambosa recipe using mung beans and minced meat. I came across this recipe during Ramadan and had made a small batch then. We loved it so much that I made these again for the blog for Saudi National Day.

Saudi Sambosa | Mung Bean and Meat Samosas

In the current global situation, every country has its own battle but somehow Saudi has always been highlighted for negative reasons by false media. Struggles are real but that does not stop the people from living and sharing their great talents across all fields. I have grown to love the people and the talented Saudi ladies I meet over social media who helped me change my perception. With that note, I am sharing a Saudi recipe of Samosa or what they call, Sambosa which can be easily re-created in any kitchen as there are no fancy spices.

Saudi Sambosa | Mung Bean and Meat Samosas

Mung bean or cherupyre as we call and minced meat in samosa is something I would have never imagined. But it is one of  Saudi style samosa and a must-try. I saved some of the fillings so that I can include it in the pics. Later that portion of filling went into a sandwich for my weekday breakfast and I loved it. 

So you see, if you are not into deep frying, you can always make a healthy sandwich. :-)

Saudi Sambosa | Mung Bean and Meat Samosas

How to fold a samosa sheet or leaves?

The recipe is adapted from Arabic Flavor authored by Amal Al Shoomi

Saudi Sambosa | Mung Bean and Meat Samosas


1/2 cup mung bean
1 cup of water
2 teaspoon ghee or oil
2 medium onions, chopped finely
1/2 bunch of garlic chives or any greens like leeks, parsley etc, chopped
1 cup or 250 grams minced meat (lamb, goat or beef)
1 teaspoon black pepper powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
salt to taste ~1 teaspoon
Samosa sheets to fill and wrap
Oil to deep fry


  1. Wash and soak the mung beans for 30 to 40 minutes or overnight. 
  2. Pressure cook with water on a medium flame for 4 to 5 whistles or until cooked. You can choose to cook it in a pot too. Ensure to boil off excess water or drain it. 
  3. Heat ghee in a pan and add the chopped onions. 
  4. Saute until onions turn golden 
  5. Add the minced meat and stir until browned and cooked. If using lamb or goat, it may take more time and so add very little water and cover and cook if required. 
  6. Stir in the cooked mung beans, chopped leek, salt and spices. 
  7. Cover and let it cook for another 5 minutes
  8. Open and ensure there is no liquid or too much moisture. If there is, open and cook until they dry up
  9. Next, stuff each samosa sheet with one tablespoon or little more of the filling and fold into triangles. Keep the sheets and stuffed samosas always covered to prevent drying. Use a flour paste to seal the wraps. At this point, you can freeze some of the samosas in a freezer box. 
  10. Deep fry the samosa triangles in enough oil turning sides till golden brown. 
  11. Serve immediately with a hot cup of chai! 
  • You can make this without the meat too
  • You don't really need to use samosa sheets. Make your own samosa dough and fill in in any shape you like or used to. 
  • If you freeze, do not thaw. 
  • You can have it with any dip or ketchup, I didn't think of making one :-(
Saudi Sambosa | Mung Bean and Meat Samosas

I wanted to include something "Saudi" in the frame of the photoshoot so that it doesn't appear as just another samosa pic. I have already used the Saudi style mud pot in my Mofatah Al Dejaj rice recipe pics, so frantically looked up and down my kitchen to find something that will be Saudi, and just then had a bulb moment. I asked F to open a Saudi Flag pic on his phone!  :-) I am glad I got to confiscate his phone for a while and get his attention :-D 

Thank you, Saudi Arabia, for being a protective and safe haven. Here is wishing every people of Saudi a very Happy National Day!