Delicious African Samosa Bread Recipe: Try it Now!

Hey there foodies, chef Ehud here! I’m excited to share with you one of my favorite East African dishes – the African Samosa Bread! This dish is a perfect blend of flavors and textures, filling your taste buds with deliciousness.

The African Samosa Bread recipe is an excellent variation on traditional samosas. Instead of the usual pastry shell, we’re using bread dough to create a hearty and filling dish that’s perfect for any mealtime. Plus, it’s super easy to make!

As an Israeli chef who has traveled to different parts of Africa, I have tasted several kinds of samosas – from potato samosas in South Africa to beef samosas in Kenya. This East African Samosa Bread recipe is a fusion of different African cuisines, making it truly unique.

The combination of warm spices like nutmeg, cinnamon and cardamom create a flavorful filling that contrasts perfectly with the fluffy bread crust. The ground beef and frozen green peas add a savory taste and rich texture which pairs well with any side dish or sauce.

Be it for breakfast, lunch or dinner, this dish will surely satisfy any craving. In just a few simple steps, you can have this crowd-pleaser ready on your table.

So join me in this culinary adventure as we make the most delicious African Samosa Bread recipe ever!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

African Samosa Bread
African Samosa Bread

Trust me when I say that your taste buds will thank you for making this African Samosa Bread Recipe! This dish is the perfect combination of savory and spicy flavors, sure to satisfy your taste buds in every bite.

One of the reasons why you’ll love this recipe is because it is versatile, making it perfect to serve as an appetizer, snack, or even a main dish. If you’re hosting a party or get-together, this recipe is guaranteed to impress your guests with its unique combination of spices and ingredients.

Another reason to try out this recipe is that it’s easy to customize based on your preference! Whether you’re vegetarian or meat-lover, this recipe can be adapted to suit your taste buds. You can switch up the filling with potatoes, chicken, or even veggies like frozen green peas. Plus, the bread samosa can be fried or baked depending on your preference for a healthier option.

This recipe also has cultural significance from East African countries like Kenya and Somalia which add an intriguing flair of culture and diversity while cooking.

Overall, this one-of-a-kind recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves flavorful dishes and wants to add an interesting fusion culture in their kitchen. So go ahead and give the African Samosa Bread Recipe a try – trust me, you won’t be disappointed!

Ingredient List

 Crispy and golden on the outside, warm and savory on the inside!
Crispy and golden on the outside, warm and savory on the inside!

Ingredients for the Samosa Dough

  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cup warm water
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1 tsp salt

Ingredients for the Filling

  • 1/4 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Additional Ingredients for the Recipe

  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Flour, for dusting work surface and rolling out dough

This recipe calls for a variety of spices and aromatics to be used in the filling. The mixture of warm spices, including cinnamon and nutmeg, will give your filling a rich depth of flavor that can’t be beat. Choosing high-quality flour is key to getting a tender and flaky crust on your samosas. For best results, use bread flour to achieve that perfect balance of chewy and crispy texture in each bite. Don’t forget to have extra flour on hand for dusting work surfaces during dough prep. And finally, a neutral-tasting vegetable oil like olive or canola is best for frying the samosas until golden brown and crispy.

The Recipe How-To

 Get ready for a flavor explosion with every bite!
Get ready for a flavor explosion with every bite!

Step-by-step instructions for African Samosa Bread

This recipe has multiple steps but is well worth the effort, yielding a uniquely flavored bread that is versatile and rich. The best part about samosa bread is its versatility as it can be served to guests, at a dinner party, or simply paired with your favorite beverage. Here you’ll find an easy to follow recipe on how to make East African Samosa Bread.


  • 1 lb of ground beef
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1/4 tsp of ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp of nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp of ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp of ground cumin
  • 2 cups of bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons of active dry yeast
  • Vegetable oil

Step-by-step instructions:
Step One:

Before you start cooking, make sure you have all the essential ingredients on hand. To make this African Samosa Bread recipe, place one pound of ground beef in a skillet, adding one chopped onion and two minced garlic cloves. Cook until browned and fragrant (medium heat).

Step Two:

Add 1/2 a cup of water, stirring until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Add spices: one teaspoon salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/4 nutmeg nutmeg, 1/4 ground cardamom, and lastly, add in 1/4 tsp of ground cumin. Mix well, allowing the flavors to blend creating a delicious aroma.

Step Three:

Remove from heat when fully cooked through and let sit for roughly twenty minutes allowing it to cool.

Step Four:

In a separate bowl, combine two cups of bread flour, half teaspoon salt, and two teaspoons active dry yeast. Stir in one cup warm water until well mixed. Next, knead by hand about five minutes.

Step Five:

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or towel and set in a warm area for about an hour or until it rises; preheat your oven to roughly four hundred degrees Fahrenheit.

Step Six:

Generously oil your working surface using the vegetable oil. Remove the dough from the bowl and knead for two minutes until smooth forming into flattened round shapes.

Step Seven:

Use your rolling pin onto the dough; once sufficiently thinned out, cut into small pieces the size you want. Take a small portion of each piece in uniformity adding in the previously prepped meat mixture from step three.

Step Eight:

Roll into balls tightly pressing together the ball’s edges until sealed tightly stuffed with meat mixture creating like mini sam

Substitutions and Variations

 A delicious on-the-go snack that's perfect for any occasion!
A delicious on-the-go snack that’s perfect for any occasion!

If you’re looking to switch things up with this African Samosa Bread Recipe, there are plenty of substitutions and variations you can try. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your ingredients! Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

– Vegetarian Samosa Bread: If you’re not a fan of ground beef, swap it out for a protein-rich alternative like diced tofu, chickpeas or lentils. You can also increase the amount of frozen green peas for an extra boost of nutrients.

– East African Vegetable Samosas: Use the same dough from the recipe, but instead of stuffing it with meat filling, try using a mixture of potatoes and vegetables like carrots, bell peppers, and tomatoes. Season with coriander seeds, curry powder or any other aromatic spices that you prefer.

– Chicken Samosa Bread: Swap out ground beef for diced chicken thighs or breasts in this recipe. If you want to add more depth of flavor, marinate the chicken in yogurt and spices before cooking.

– Punjabi or Onion Samosas: These bite-sized versions take this samosa bread recipe to a new level. Instead of folding bread into triangular shapes that resemble cones, roll out the dough and cut it in circles. Mix together sautéed onions and some aromatic spices such as cumin seeds for the filling.

– South African Style Beef Samosas: This variation is perfect if you want to add some sweetness and heat to your samosas. Add sugar and hot pepper flakes to the filling along with jalapenos and dried fruit such as apricots or raisins.

Overall, this recipe is highly customizable – feel free to experiment with different fillings until you find your favorite. Don’t forget that samosas can also be served with different dipping sauces such as cilantro chutney, tamarind sauce or tzatziki for an extra flavor kick.

Serving and Pairing

 Bringing a taste of Africa straight to your kitchen!
Bringing a taste of Africa straight to your kitchen!

African Samosa Bread is a versatile dish that can be served as an appetizer or a main dish. You can enjoy them with a side salad or soup. I like to serve this bread hot and fresh from the oven, cut into bite-sized pieces for a perfect addition to any occasion, be it a potluck party, family gathering, or even movie night.

When it comes to pairing, this dish goes well with a variety of dipping sauces. Try serving it with tangy tamarind sauce or spicy green chutney sauce to add extra flavor to your meal. You can also pair African Samosa Bread with your favorite wine or beer for an ideal combination.

For a complete meal, you can serve this bread with some steamed vegetables such as broccoli or green beans or even mixed vegetable curry. The savory and spicy flavors of the bread blend incredibly well with the sweetness of the vegetables, creating an irresistible taste.

One of my favorite ways to serve African Samosa Bread is in combination with other African-inspired dishes such as jollof rice or lamb stew. The mix of different textures and flavors will certainly provide an unforgettable culinary experience.

Remember that serving and pairing are important elements when it comes to preparing and enjoying any meal. So don’t hesitate to experiment with different combinations and discover what works best for you!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Watch as your taste buds travel to a world of exotic spices and textures!
Watch as your taste buds travel to a world of exotic spices and textures!

One of the great things about this African Samosa Bread recipe is that it can be made ahead of time and stored for later. If you’re planning for a special event or you’re simply short on time, you can prepare the samosa bread ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator or freezer.

To make ahead, prepare the samosa bread and then place the unbaked bread in an airtight container or wrap tightly in plastic wrap. You can store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours or freeze it for up to 1 month. When ready to bake, remove from the refrigerator or freezer and allow it to come to room temperature before baking.

If you have leftover baked samosa bread, they can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. It’s important to note that they may become slightly less crispy after storage.

To reheat baked samosa bread, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and warm them up for about 10-15 minutes until they are heated through. Alternatively, you can also use a microwave by wrapping individual pieces in damp paper towels and microwaving for about 30 seconds to a minute.

No matter how you decide to reheat your samosa bread, the taste will remain deliciously flavorful with crisp exteriors and aromatic filling that will transport your taste buds straight to East Africa.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Perfectly flaky and satisfyingly filling!
Perfectly flaky and satisfyingly filling!

If you want to get the perfect results with this African Samosa Bread Recipe, there are a few tips and techniques I’d like to share. Here are my recommendations:

1. Don’t Overstuff The Bread:

It may be tempting to pile in all of your filling into the bread, but resist the temptation to overstuff the samosa bread. This will prevent them from cooking evenly and could cause them to break apart.

2. Preheat Your Oven:

Make sure your oven is preheated before you put in the samosa bread. This will ensure that they cook evenly and turn out perfectly crispy.

3. Use the Right Flour:

Use bread flour to make your dough as this type of flour has a higher protein content, which results in a better structure and texture for your bread.

4. Keep Dough Moist:

Ensure that your dough remains moist throughout the process of making samosas by covering it with a damp cloth while you prepare the filling.

5. Seal the Edges Properly:

When folding your samosas, it is very important to seal the edges tightly so that they don’t open up while baking. You can use a fork or a cone pressing gadget to seal them properly.

6. Brush With Egg Wash or Butter:

Brushing your samosas with egg wash or butter before baking helps them come out beautifully golden brown and crispy.

7. Experiment with Different Fillings:

While beef is traditional for African Samosa Bread Recipe, you can also experiment with different fillings such as chicken, potatoes or even vegetables like carrots or peas.

8. Use Fresh Spices:

Use fresh spices whenever possible as these will bring out more flavor in your African Samosa Bread Recipe. Store-bought spices can be stale and not have much flavor left.

These simple tips will help ensure that your African Samosa Bread comes out perfectly every time you make it!

Bottom Line

The African Samosa Bread recipe I’ve shared with you today is truly one-of-a-kind. With its blend of spices and flavors, this dish is sure to impress your taste buds and leave you wanting more.

But beyond just its delicious taste, this recipe also represents a rich cultural heritage. The samosa is a beloved staple in East African and South Asian cuisine, often sharing a place of honor at festive occasions such as weddings and holidays.

Preparing this African Samosa Bread not only allows you to enjoy a truly unique culinary experience, but also offers a chance to learn about and appreciate different cultures.

So why not give it a try? With the step-by-step instructions, helpful tips, and ingredient substitutions provided here, you’ll be sure to create an authentic and unforgettable dish that your family and friends will love.

African Samosa Bread

African Samosa Bread Recipe

This is an unusual ABM recipe that has spices, ground beef and onion mixed right into the bread. From the bread machine list on Yahoo.
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Prep Time 4 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Appetizer or snack
Cuisine African
Servings 1 loaf
Calories 1242.5 kcal


  • 1/4 lb ground beef
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup frozen green pea


  • In a large skillet, preferably non stick, cook the beef, stirring to break up lumps of meat, until no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is softened, 3 to 5 minutes longer. Let cool.
  • Add the cooled beef mixture and all remaining ingredient except the peas in the order suggested by your bread manual and process on the basic bread cycle according to the manufacturer' s directions.
  • At the beeper (or at the end of the first kneading in the Panasonic or National), add the still frozen peas.
  • Eat warm or cool, cut into wedges instead of slices.
  • Makes a 1 lb loaf.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 697gCalories: 1242.5kcalCarbohydrates: 207.7gProtein: 52.2gFat: 20.3gSaturated Fat: 7.3gCholesterol: 77.1mgSodium: 2456.2mgFiber: 11.3gSugar: 5.8g
Keyword Breads, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Yeast
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