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Sambusa

What it is

Sambusa is a triangular phillo pastry stuffed with meat or vegetables. It originates from Somalia, which in ancient times was referred to as Puntland. According to oral tradition, Sambusa was also called "Sanbuska" and was spread throughout the ancient world through caravan and sea trade routes. The coastal cities of Somalia had trade relations with the ancient world, especially with Egyptians, Arabs and Persians, spreading this unique cuisine from the Horn of Africa (East Africa) to the world.


Although there are other theories suggesting that Sambusa were first made in the Middle East and introduced to Somalia by the Yemenis, the original name of San-buska has its roots in the Somali language. Somalis are known for their hospitality and Sambusa (Sanbuska) is a favorite holiday food.