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Vegan Lentil Sambusa Pie – Vegan Richa

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Vegan Lentil Sambusa Pie – Vegan Richa

Vegan Lentil Sambusa Pie – the popular Ethiopian Street Food “Sambusa” turned into a savory vegan pie that your friends and family will love! No need to make your own crust – this recipe uses vegan puff pastry! Nutfree Soyfree , Glutenfree option

vegan sambusa pie squares stacked on a plate

If you love samosas, this Ethiopian Vegan Lentil Pie – aka Sambusa Pie – will be your new favorite thing to eat!

Sambusa is common street food and a very popular snack in Ethiopia where it would be served fresh off the fryer. While they can have many different fillings, this vegetarian version with lentils is my favorite. It’s savory and flavorful and wonderfully satisfying!

overhead shot of vegan sambusa pie on a white plate

You read pie and your mind immediately jumps to “time-consuming” and “finicky”? Oh, you will love this part: the pie crust is made from store-bought vegan puff pastry!

Yes, we take the shortcut here, and trust me, you will not regret it! The filling has so much flavor and makes for an amazing snack or side!

Is Puff Pastry Vegan?

Puff Pastry — flaky, buttery goodness and obviously not always vegan. In fact, puff pastry is traditionally made with butter and usually brushed with egg before baking.

However, many store-bought puff pastries are made without dairy or egg because it makes them more shelf-stable so check your grocery stores for those accidentally vegan puff pastry.

To make Sambusas, use filo dough. Line  3-4 sheets together, then cut into squares or other shapes. Fold and seal using a mix of flour and water and bake at 400 deg F until golden.

vegan lentil pie squares stacked on a white plate

More Ethiopian Recipes:

stacked pieces of Ethiopian Sambusa Pie

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Lentil Sambusa Pie

Vegan Lentil Sambusa Pie – the popular Ethiopian Street Food “Sambusa” turned into a savory vegan pie that your friends and family will love! No need to make your own crust – this recipe uses vegan puff pastry! Nutfree Soyfree. GF option

Prep Time20 mins

Cook Time40 mins

Total Time1 hr

Course: dinner, Main, Snack

Cuisine: ethiopian

Keyword: lentil pie, sambusa pie

Servings: 12

Calories: 174kcal

Author: Vegan Richa

Ingredients

  • 15 ounce (425 g) can of lentils drained or 1 1/2 cups cooked lentils
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1 1/2 cup (240 g) chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup (50 g) chopped green onion
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 inch ginger minced
  • 1 hot green chili minced I usually add 3 or 4 but it can get really hot really quickly , or use 3 mild green chilis
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1.5 teaspoon or more berbere spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup packed chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon or more lemon juice

For the pie

  • 1 sheet vegan puff pastry

Instructions

  • Prep your lentils by washing and draining if you’re using canned lentils or making your lentils from dried if you haven’t made yet.

  • Heat a skillet over medium heat and add oil. Then add onion and a good pinch of salt and cook until the onion starts to get golden.

  • Then add in the green onion, garlic, green chili and another pinch of salt and cook until the garlic is cooked through. 3-4 mins.

  • Then add in all of the spices and mix in and continue to cook for another minute.

  • Add in the lentils, cilantro, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and a 1/4 cup of water and mix well and then continue to cook to simmer the lentils for 3 or 4 minutes.

  • Then taste and adjust flavor. Add a dash of the lemon juice. Mix in and set aside.

  • Prep your rolling station with a little bit of flour and roll out the partially thawed puff pastry sheet until it is almost double in size. Then slice it into half lengthwise.

  • Put the lentils which should be cool by now. Use cool lentils on one of the pastry sheets. Spread it out and put the other pastry sheet on it. Keep about 1/2 inch on the edges of the pastry sheet so you can seal them. Brush water on the edges.

  • Using a fork, seal the pastry sheets. Also using the fork, create some holes on the top of the pie or use a scissor to cut up a little bit of holes on top of the pie.

  • Then bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit (205 c) for 20-25 minutes or until nicely golden brown and puffy all over.

  • Then remove from the oven. Let it cool for 5-10 minutes. Then slice as you like and serve. Serve as is or with sauces of choice or some tahini lemon dressing or other creamy sauces

Notes

To make this gluten-free, use a gluten-free pie crust of choice and either make hand pies or a larger pie as you wish

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Lentil Sambusa Pie

Amount Per Serving

Calories 174
Calories from Fat 81

% Daily Value*

Fat 9g14%

Saturated Fat 2g13%

Sodium 170mg7%

Potassium 211mg6%

Carbohydrates 19g6%

Fiber 4g17%

Sugar 2g2%

Protein 5g10%

Vitamin A 174IU3%

Vitamin C 9mg11%

Calcium 21mg2%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

ingredients needed for making vegan lentil pie

Ingredients:

  • lentils, drained or cooked lentils
  • a mix of sauteed red and onion adds lots of umami
  •  garlic, ginger and green chili are added for spiciness and oomph
  • ground spices: we use a punchy blend of ground coriander, cumin, berbere, cardamom, black pepper
  •  fresh chopped cilantro adds freshness along with lemon juice, which brightens up the flavor profile of the lentils and takes out any muffy notes
  • the pastry case is made using 1 sheet of vegan puff pastry

 

Tips

  • To make this gluten-free, use a gluten-free pie crust of choice and either make hand pies or a larger pie as you wish
  • Play around with the amount of green chili – I usually add 3 or 4 but it can get really hot really quickly , or use 3 mild green chilis
  • If the lentils are too moist, You can add in 2-3 tablespoons of breadcrumbs to reduce the moisture. or if it’s too fry, add in some broth
  • The filling needs to be cool when added to the pastry. You can make it ahead of time, if you want to.

stacked vegan sambusa on a white plate

How to make Ethiopian Lentil Sambusa Pie:

chopped red onions frying in a pan

Prep your lentils by washing and draining if you’re using canned lentils or making your lentils from dried if you haven’t made them yet.

Heat a skillet over medium heat and add oil. Then add onion and a good pinch of salt and cook until the onion starts to get golden.

red onion, ginger and green onions being added to a sauteeing pan

Then add in the green onion, garlic, green chili and another pinch of salt and cook until the garlic is cooked through. 3-4 mins

Then add in all of the spices and mix in and continue to cook for another minute.

chopped green onion, garlic and ginger in a frying pan

garlic, green chili and onion in a frying pan

spices being added to vegan lentil filling to make vegan sambusa pie

garlic, onion and green chilies in a white sauteeing pan

Add in the lentils, cilantro, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and a 1/4 cup of water and mix well and then continue to cook to simmer the lentils for 3 or 4 minutes.

Then taste and adjust flavor. Add a dash of the lemon juice. Mix in and set aside.

lentils being added to sauteed garlic, ginger and onions to make pie filling

lentil filling for vegan sambusa pie in a white saucepan

vegan lentil filling for puff pastry pie

Prep your rolling station with a little bit of flour and roll out the partially thawed puff pastry sheet until it is almost double in size. Then slice it into half lengthwise.

vegan puff pastry rolled out

Add the lentils which should be cool by now. Use cool lentils on one of the pastry sheets. Spread it out and put the other pastry sheet on it. Keep about 1/2 inch on the edges of the pastry sheet so you can seal them. Brush water on the edges.

cold lentils being added to vegan puff pastry

vegan sambusa pie being assembled by wrapping filling in a puff pastry case

Using a fork, seal the pastry sheets. Also using the fork, create some holes on the top of the pie or use a scissor to cut up a little bit of holes on top of the pie.

vegan lentil pie ready to go into the fridge

Then bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes or until nicely golden brown and puffy all over.

Then remove from the oven. Let it cool for 5-10 minutes. Then slice as you like and serve.

vegan sambusa pie with lentils filling cooling on a plate

How to store this lentil  pie

Refrigerate for upto 4 days, reheat in the toaster or oven. Freeze for upto a month.

 

stacked slices of vegan lentil pie with puff pastry

 

 

Vegan Lentil Sambusa Pie

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Vegan Lentil Sambusa Pie – Vegan Richa

vegan sambusa pie squares stacked on a plate

Vegan Lentil Sambusa Pie – Vegan Richa

Vegan Lentil Sambusa Pie – the popular Ethiopian Street Food “Sambusa” turned into a savory vegan pie that your friends and family will love! No need to make your own crust – this recipe uses vegan puff pastry! Nutfree Soyfree , Glutenfree option

vegan sambusa pie squares stacked on a plate

If you love samosas, this Ethiopian Vegan Lentil Pie – aka Sambusa Pie – will be your new favorite thing to eat!

Sambusa is common street food and a very popular snack in Ethiopia where it would be served fresh off the fryer. While they can have many different fillings, this vegetarian version with lentils is my favorite. It’s savory and flavorful and wonderfully satisfying!

overhead shot of vegan sambusa pie on a white plate

You read pie and your mind immediately jumps to “time-consuming” and “finicky”? Oh, you will love this part: the pie crust is made from store-bought vegan puff pastry!

Yes, we take the shortcut here, and trust me, you will not regret it! The filling has so much flavor and makes for an amazing snack or side!

Is Puff Pastry Vegan?

Puff Pastry — flaky, buttery goodness and obviously not always vegan. In fact, puff pastry is traditionally made with butter and usually brushed with egg before baking.

However, many store-bought puff pastries are made without dairy or egg because it makes them more shelf-stable so check your grocery stores for those accidentally vegan puff pastry.

To make Sambusas, use filo dough. Line  3-4 sheets together, then cut into squares or other shapes. Fold and seal using a mix of flour and water and bake at 400 deg F until golden.

vegan lentil pie squares stacked on a white plate

More Ethiopian Recipes:

stacked pieces of Ethiopian Sambusa Pie

Print Recipe

Lentil Sambusa Pie

Vegan Lentil Sambusa Pie – the popular Ethiopian Street Food “Sambusa” turned into a savory vegan pie that your friends and family will love! No need to make your own crust – this recipe uses vegan puff pastry! Nutfree Soyfree. GF option

Prep Time20 mins

Cook Time40 mins

Total Time1 hr

Course: dinner, Main, Snack

Cuisine: ethiopian

Keyword: lentil pie, sambusa pie

Servings: 12

Calories: 174kcal

Author: Vegan Richa

Ingredients

  • 15 ounce (425 g) can of lentils drained or 1 1/2 cups cooked lentils
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1 1/2 cup (240 g) chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup (50 g) chopped green onion
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 inch ginger minced
  • 1 hot green chili minced I usually add 3 or 4 but it can get really hot really quickly , or use 3 mild green chilis
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1.5 teaspoon or more berbere spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup packed chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon or more lemon juice

For the pie

  • 1 sheet vegan puff pastry

Instructions

  • Prep your lentils by washing and draining if you’re using canned lentils or making your lentils from dried if you haven’t made yet.

  • Heat a skillet over medium heat and add oil. Then add onion and a good pinch of salt and cook until the onion starts to get golden.

  • Then add in the green onion, garlic, green chili and another pinch of salt and cook until the garlic is cooked through. 3-4 mins.

  • Then add in all of the spices and mix in and continue to cook for another minute.

  • Add in the lentils, cilantro, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and a 1/4 cup of water and mix well and then continue to cook to simmer the lentils for 3 or 4 minutes.

  • Then taste and adjust flavor. Add a dash of the lemon juice. Mix in and set aside.

  • Prep your rolling station with a little bit of flour and roll out the partially thawed puff pastry sheet until it is almost double in size. Then slice it into half lengthwise.

  • Put the lentils which should be cool by now. Use cool lentils on one of the pastry sheets. Spread it out and put the other pastry sheet on it. Keep about 1/2 inch on the edges of the pastry sheet so you can seal them. Brush water on the edges.

  • Using a fork, seal the pastry sheets. Also using the fork, create some holes on the top of the pie or use a scissor to cut up a little bit of holes on top of the pie.

  • Then bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit (205 c) for 20-25 minutes or until nicely golden brown and puffy all over.

  • Then remove from the oven. Let it cool for 5-10 minutes. Then slice as you like and serve. Serve as is or with sauces of choice or some tahini lemon dressing or other creamy sauces

Notes

To make this gluten-free, use a gluten-free pie crust of choice and either make hand pies or a larger pie as you wish

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Lentil Sambusa Pie

Amount Per Serving

Calories 174
Calories from Fat 81

% Daily Value*

Fat 9g14%

Saturated Fat 2g13%

Sodium 170mg7%

Potassium 211mg6%

Carbohydrates 19g6%

Fiber 4g17%

Sugar 2g2%

Protein 5g10%

Vitamin A 174IU3%

Vitamin C 9mg11%

Calcium 21mg2%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

ingredients needed for making vegan lentil pie

Ingredients:

  • lentils, drained or cooked lentils
  • a mix of sauteed red and onion adds lots of umami
  •  garlic, ginger and green chili are added for spiciness and oomph
  • ground spices: we use a punchy blend of ground coriander, cumin, berbere, cardamom, black pepper
  •  fresh chopped cilantro adds freshness along with lemon juice, which brightens up the flavor profile of the lentils and takes out any muffy notes
  • the pastry case is made using 1 sheet of vegan puff pastry

 

Tips

  • To make this gluten-free, use a gluten-free pie crust of choice and either make hand pies or a larger pie as you wish
  • Play around with the amount of green chili – I usually add 3 or 4 but it can get really hot really quickly , or use 3 mild green chilis
  • If the lentils are too moist, You can add in 2-3 tablespoons of breadcrumbs to reduce the moisture. or if it’s too fry, add in some broth
  • The filling needs to be cool when added to the pastry. You can make it ahead of time, if you want to.

stacked vegan sambusa on a white plate

How to make Ethiopian Lentil Sambusa Pie:

chopped red onions frying in a pan

Prep your lentils by washing and draining if you’re using canned lentils or making your lentils from dried if you haven’t made them yet.

Heat a skillet over medium heat and add oil. Then add onion and a good pinch of salt and cook until the onion starts to get golden.

red onion, ginger and green onions being added to a sauteeing pan

Then add in the green onion, garlic, green chili and another pinch of salt and cook until the garlic is cooked through. 3-4 mins

Then add in all of the spices and mix in and continue to cook for another minute.

chopped green onion, garlic and ginger in a frying pan

garlic, green chili and onion in a frying pan

spices being added to vegan lentil filling to make vegan sambusa pie

garlic, onion and green chilies in a white sauteeing pan

Add in the lentils, cilantro, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and a 1/4 cup of water and mix well and then continue to cook to simmer the lentils for 3 or 4 minutes.

Then taste and adjust flavor. Add a dash of the lemon juice. Mix in and set aside.

lentils being added to sauteed garlic, ginger and onions to make pie filling

lentil filling for vegan sambusa pie in a white saucepan

vegan lentil filling for puff pastry pie

Prep your rolling station with a little bit of flour and roll out the partially thawed puff pastry sheet until it is almost double in size. Then slice it into half lengthwise.

vegan puff pastry rolled out

Add the lentils which should be cool by now. Use cool lentils on one of the pastry sheets. Spread it out and put the other pastry sheet on it. Keep about 1/2 inch on the edges of the pastry sheet so you can seal them. Brush water on the edges.

cold lentils being added to vegan puff pastry

vegan sambusa pie being assembled by wrapping filling in a puff pastry case

Using a fork, seal the pastry sheets. Also using the fork, create some holes on the top of the pie or use a scissor to cut up a little bit of holes on top of the pie.

vegan lentil pie ready to go into the fridge

Then bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes or until nicely golden brown and puffy all over.

Then remove from the oven. Let it cool for 5-10 minutes. Then slice as you like and serve.

vegan sambusa pie with lentils filling cooling on a plate

How to store this lentil  pie

Refrigerate for upto 4 days, reheat in the toaster or oven. Freeze for upto a month.

 

stacked slices of vegan lentil pie with puff pastry

 

 

Vegan Lentil Sambusa Pie