Iraqi Chickpea Turnovers for Purim

Iraqi Chickpea Turnovers For Purim

Iraqi Chickpea Turnovers For Purim

Just in time for Purim…and not just another sweet treat! These are savory, Iraqi Chickpea Turnovers, called “Sambusak el Tawa”  and are eaten by Iraqi Jews on Purim. They are so easy to make, they’ll be a hit at your Purim Feast!!


1 small onion, sliced or ½ large onion sliced

1 15 oz. can of garbanzo beans (chickpeas) rinsed in water and drained

2/3 package puff pastry, defrosted

½ tsp. each: ground cumin, ground turmeric and ground coriander

¼ tsp. garlic powder (or less, to taste)

¼ tsp. salt (or more, to taste)

2-3 Tbls. olive oil

Flour for sprinkling when rolling dough

1 egg, whisked for glazing

Filling for Iraqi Chickpea Turnovers

Filling for Iraqi Chickpea Turnovers


  1. Heat olive oil on medium high heat in large frying pan; add onions and reduce heat to medium; cook for about 5 minutes until almost soft.
  2. In a shallow bowl, mash drained chickpeas with a fork until it has a chunky/smooth consistency. Add to onion in pan, add spices and mix. Continue cooking the mixture for another 2-3 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 400°F. Roll out dough on floured surface until it is 1/8” thick. Cut into 3 X 3” squares, placing 1 tsp. of chickpea mixture in center of each square. Fold over corners to form a triangle; pinch all sides together; lay on parchment lined baking sheet and brush lightly with egg. Bake at 400°F for 15 minutes or until lightly brown.

Tip: This is delicious all year round! Makes for a great pareve appetizer  (“noshable”).


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