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Vegan 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 , 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 spring roll wrappers dough. Shape into cones, fill, 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:

  • Ethiopian Inspired Mushroom Tibs Stir-Fry
  • Ethiopian Berbere Chickpea Pizza with Tahini Garlic Dressing
  • Atakilt Wat Ethiopian Cabbage Potato Carrots
  • Kik Alicha – Split Pea stew

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Shahi Tukda (Crisp syrup soaked toasts with Indian Rabri custard)

Try Shahi Tukda – a royal dessert that is easy to whip up! Baked buttered slices of bread soaked in cardamom-scented syrup and topped with vegan cashew saffron Rabri custard.

a plate of vegan toast soaked with syrup and covered with custard

Shahi Tudka – I think of this as a Royal French toast. But it’s actually more of a dessert than a breakfast food. It’s a sweet Mughlai dessert often made by frying bread in ghee (clarified butter) or oil, then soaked in a cardamon scented sugar syrup then topped with Indian Rabri. The Rabri which is a saffron scented thickened milk pudding can be made thick or thin and the bread soaked in it completely or served with the Rabri topping.

In this Vegan version and my lighter take of shahi tukda, I bake the bread. Baking toasts the bread evenly. You can use a toaster too, but the bread doesn’t toast evenly or fry out enough and can get soggy quickly that way. I make a thick custard like Rabri with all the same delicious flavors and assemble and serve.

three plates with toast bread soaked in syrup and topped with custard

I bake the sliced bread instead of frying, and then coat it in some sugar syrup and top it with a delicious vegan rabri. Oooh, la la!

Despite the sugar syrup, it’s not a cloyingly sweet dessert as Indian mithai tend to be. It’s creamy and delicious with the crisp toast lightening it up.

This is a great dessert to serve during Ramadan. Its easy delicious and festive.
Don’t have saffron? Use cardamom instead or use other flavors like rose or vanilla.

sliced Shahi Tukda brushed with cardamom syrup and topped with custard and sprinkled with pistachio

More recipes using saffron:

  • Saffron Pistachio Milk Shake
  • Kesar Peda
  • Kesar Kulfi
  • Vegan Kesar Burfi

More Indian desserts

  • Almond Burfi
  • Malai Ladoo
  • Gulab Jamun

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