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Somalia and Samosas


There are no public Christian churches in Somalia. Christians meet in homes. About 99 percent of Somalians are Muslims, and a Muslim terrorist group, al-Shabab, controls part of Somalia. The group persecutes Christians.

A few years ago, al-Shabab made a rule that said no one could eat samosas, a common food in Somalia. Some people said the terrorists banned samosas because they accused traders of putting cat meat in them. But others believe that the Muslims banned them because the three corners of the samosas reminded them of the Christian teachings about the Trinity (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit).


Follow the instructions below to make samosas.

Filling ingredients: ½ lb. ground beef, 1 tsp. crushed garlic, ¾ tsp. cumin, ¼ tsp. chili powder, dash of salt.

Filling instructions: Brown the beef over medium-high heat. Add the other ingredients, and stir well.

Shell instructions
Cut small, packaged, uncooked soft flour tortillas in half.
Fold each half in half again to make a three-cornered cone.
Spoon a little of the filling in the cone.
Wet the edges with water and seal the cone shut, pinching all the edges together.

Bake the samosas at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, then turn them over and continue baking them until they are light brown.



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