Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Sambusas and Awaze.


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Sambusas and Awaze.
Today I bring you a plate of golden brown, crunchy lentil filled sambusas and a spoonful of awaze sauce for dippin'. If you're unfamiliar with sambusas, they're very similar to Indian samosas (and if you're unfamiliar with samosas, that is very sad for you). They come filled with all manner of stuff from meat to lentils.  I especially like to fill them with leftovers. Everyone likes leftovers when they're encased in a golden, crunchy dough, right?

Unlike my experience with most xgfx doughs, the dough encasing these sambusas is really easy to work with and is ultra forgiving. I've made these about 5 times now, and I like them more and more each time they come out of the oven. They're also quick, which is why I keep making them over and over again, when I have tons of other recipes that need attention.

Awaze is a spicy, tangy pepper sauce, which I've only been able to try in two restaurants before. Both were very different from each other. I like this style best. It's based off a smooth sauce that comes with an order of sambusa from Skyline Cafe, near parents' in Northern VA. It's basically berbere powder mixed with booze, lime juice and seasoning. Picture an Ethiopian style Korean BBQ sauce, if you must. Also, Skyline is sorta more of a bar/restaurant than a sweet cafe--be prepared for loud TV watching if you check it out.

xo
kittee

31 comments:

  1. Kittee, I am in love with that spoon in your photo!

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    1. thanks becky! they are a measuring set from anthropologie from awhile back, but i see them online still!

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  2. Incredible recipes and gorgeous photos; you're seriously putting me to shame! Thanks for being you.

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  3. I would love to try making these...forgive my dumbness...is there a recipe attached to this post that I'm not seeing??

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    1. Hi Kylie,
      I'm not attaching recipes this month!Just eye teasers for you. All. Month. Long.

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    2. Ahhh, ok :) Food porn is always good!

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  4. The first thing I thought when I saw this picture was "Holy cow, that looks like one awesome gf dough recipe. No cracks!" and then I read how it's so forgiving. I cannot wait to test it out :)

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    1. Thanks Cara! I'm gonna sweeten it tomorrow and see how it does in blueberry handpies!

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  5. Everything's better in golden, crunchy dough! Seriously, with my consistency issues, shells help me eat so much more than I'd be able to otherwise. It's dumb, but if I can't see it, and the shell soaks up a little of the extra goo, I can eat with the rest of the grown-ups.

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  6. Gorgeous photo. I haven't had much Ethiopian food in my life, but you're convincing me I'm missing out!

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    1. oh you should do! are there restaurants near where you live?

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    2. I looked online and found one in the whole state of Kentucky. It's in Louisville. Next time we visit there, I'll try to talk the family into it!

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  7. Whoa. I'd sure love to get my hands on a gluten-free easy to work with dough so I could make sambusas. They look good!

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  8. Oh I waaaant! Why haven't they invented the technology that would allow me to reach through my computer and take those sambusas off of your plate?

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  9. Ohhhh my goodness -- YUM! Will these be in your upcoming Ethiopian cookbook? Because this is a recipe I'm going to *neeeeeeeed* in my repertoire :)

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  10. Looks and sounds amazing :) will you post the recipe?

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    1. I'm super short for time this MoFo, so not many recipes will get posted. I'm being a blogging jerk.

      xo
      kittee

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  11. These look awesome! I love the idea of using leftovers as filling- I always freeze stuff but then never eat it because we don't have a microwave and I'm too lazy to wait. So re-purposing them like this makes perfect sense!

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  12. I like the way you sewed that pocket. I know what samosas are. This sambusa is not the same as sambucca the after dinner drink.
    I would like a cookbook that has your recipe in it. wink wink

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  13. Holy xgfx pie dough success! I am so happy for you, and eager to try it out for myself one day. I never know what to do about xgfx pie crusts... I haven't had much luck!

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  14. Why have I never heard of these things before! Stuff stuffed inside of stuff is my favorite thing to eat. I swear, you are like a gluten-free goddess, so talented.

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  15. I've been experimenting with xgfx doughs and I am pretty sure you are a wizard because holy cow. Looks beautiful!

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  16. ha! i kind of want to make "(and if you're unfamiliar with samosas, that is very sad for you)" my new sig file.

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  17. "and if you're unfamiliar with samosas, that is very sad for you"

    Lolz

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  19. I've never had Sambusas but they look tastey.

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