Hummus Sambusak (Chickpea Sambusak)

Iraqi dumplings stuffed with ground chickpeas with fried onions

  • Main DishesType
  • AdvancedDifficulty
  • ±1 hourPrep. Time
  • 60Serving/Unit


The filling
Chickpeas, 500-750 g
Onion, 8 large units
Canola oil, 7-8 tablespoons
for frying the onions
Salt, 1½ flat tablespoons
Black pepper, 1 flat tablespoon
Cumin, 2½ heaping teaspoons
Chickpeas' cooking water, about 1/4 cups
as needed
The dough
White flour, 1 kg
Dry yeast, 3 tablespoons
or 50 g of freshly dissolved yeast
Salt, 1/2 flat teaspoon
Canola oil, 1/2 cup
Water, 2 cups
lukewarm (as needed)
The oil for frying
Canola oil, 1 cup
for frying the Sambusak - see more information.


The filling:
1. Soak the chickpeas in a pot with water for at least 12 hours (the water should always cover the chickpeas - if necessary, add water).
2. Boil the chickpeas for about an hour until they soften (check while cooking), strain and grind/coarsely chop (do not throw away the cooking water).
3. Peel the onion, chop and fry in oil until golden.
4. Add the ground chickpeas, salt, black pepper and cumin to the onion, continue to fry for another 5 minutes, mix well and set aside. At this point check if the chickpea mixture is too dry. If so, then you should add a little of the chickpeas' cooking water.
The dough shell and preparation of the sambusak:
1. Put the flour, yeast (you can use fresh yeast - melt them before with about 5-6 tablespoons of water and half a teaspoon of sugar) and the salt, and mix.
2. Add the oil and the lukewarm water (add the water gradually - not sure you will need the whole amount so pay attention as needed), combine into a uniform dough and rise for about an hour (if the dough is too hard you can add more lukewarm water).
3. Flatten the dough on a floured surface, make circles about 8 cm in diameter, fill with about a tablespoon of the filling, fold in half and tighten well.
4. Heat the oil in a pan (see more information) and fry the sambusak on both sides.
5. Serve hot original Iraqi hummus sambusak!
6. Bon appetite (:

Total time: 1-2 days

The spices in the recipe are according to personal taste. The amount of oil in the recipe is an estimated amount absorbed by the sambusaks after frying. A larger amount of oil is needed (2-3 cups as needed).

Nutritional Values Serving/Unit 100 Grams
Calories 177 cal 204 cal
Proteins 4 g 5 g
Carbohydrates 23 g 27 g
Fat 8 g 9 g
The nutritional values appearing on this website are intended to provide general information only, and do not constitute a recommendation, a substitute for consulting a specialist or receiving medical advice.
Hummus Sambusak (Chickpea Sambusak)
Delicacy from the famous Iraqi cuisine
Hummus Sambusak (Chickpea Sambusak)
Hummus Sambusak (Chickpea Sambusak)