International Cuisine, Lentils, Soup

Samusa Thouk – Burmese Street Food

I am a sucker for street food – any day, anytime. Unless of
course, I am down with severe stomach flu :-)) (Even then, I keep nagging DH
with what my wish lists are, and most of them are street food :-)) I am not
apologetic about my street food preferences (as long as they are hygenic and
made in a clean place), but trust me I was blown away when I saw this recipe- Burmese Samusa Thouk at Vaishali’s blog– where
street food favourite Samosa was an INGREDIENT in a soup..


I went over all of Vaishali’s world Marathon recipes many many
times to choose one for this week, and yet I kept coming back to this
delectable soup :-)) I could have it anytime 🙂 my elder one SIMPLY LOVED it  and went for her third and fourth servings ! 

Thanks Vaishali ! this is a
super recipe that I have modified a bit and loved it a lot :-))


This week 3 at the Cooking Carnival, we shall see some popular Street Foods from India and around the world.. Hope you enjoy the series…

I halved the recipe, which came to 3 medium servings. So, do make
it for wintery / chilly evenings for a snack or as a pre dinner appetiser. Of
course, with the samosa in, its dinner all the way, and not just an appetiser

Prep time : 20 mins | Cook time : 20 mins | Serves : 4

Samusa Thouk – Burmese Soup with lentils and samosa(yes!!)


  • Toor Dal / Pigeon pea – 1/4 cup
  • Channa dal / Black channa – 1/4 cup( I subbed with mixed lentils)
  • Jeera / cumin – 1/2 tsp
  • Oil – 2 TBSP
  • Masala powders : Jeera, coriander, garam masala, red chilli, black
    pepper, turmeric
  • Onion (2) and green chillies (4) – sliced
  • cabbage – juilenned – 1/2 cup
  • Tamarind paste – 1/2 TBSP
  • Bean sprouts / Moong sprouts – 1 cup( Subbed with fresh sweet peppers garnished on top)
  • water / veg stock – 4 cups
  • Salt – to taste
  • Coriander / cilantro – to garnish
  • 4 small (baby samosas) – store bought or homemade



  1. Soak kala channa overnight. pressure cook toor dal and channa
    separately the next day till done (you can make it slightly mushy)
  2. In a pan, splutter jeera, add onions, red chillies and saute
    till browned
  3. Add the powdered spices and cook. To this add stock or broth, green chillies, cooked dals , tamarind and let it simmer to a thickish broth (about 8-10 mins)
  4. Add cabbage, salt and let the cabbage cook, now add the sprouts
    and let it simmer again.As I was using frozen cooked lentils, I mashed it up a bit towards the end before adding the cabbage. 
  5. Ladle out portions of the soup, place 1/2 -1 mini samosa per
    serving portion (if using large size, cut into halves or quarters depending on
    the portion size)
  6. Top with cilantro, I added a dash of lemon juice too, but thats
    totally optional.



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  1. vaishali sabnani

    Yes, this street food from Burma was loved by everyone at my place too, glad you guys enjoyed it, and you have made it so well, I am tempted to make it all over again. Thanks dear for trying it .

  2. Gayathri Kumar

    This looks incredible Kalyani. Love those samosas floating in the soup..

  3. On seeing you post I'm like???????? samosa in soup… Need to try out

  4. MySpicyKitchen

    Samosa in a soup looks good.

  5. I remember this from Vaishali's place — such an interesting dish. I'm sure it must have tasted amazing.

  6. cookingwithsapana

    It must have been a flavorful soup.Looks fabulous.

  7. samosa in soup.. wowww.. Bookmarking this. Will try it out soon.

  8. Omg, this samosa in soup is killing me, excellent to give a try Kalyani, lovely dish.

  9. OMG! this looks mind blowing, Kalyani. Should make it some time.

  10. This is like taking already tempting samosas to another level. Love it.

  11. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    Wow! Looks so wonderful and I am tempted to eat some 🙂

  12. Wow samosa in soup. Love the idea Kal. Guess mine will too comeback for refills.

  13. I was going to make this soup for the first week. Finally ended up with other soups. Your version looks lovely!

  14. Wow street food and I am there..this one with samosa sounds so sinful..I do remember drooling over Vaishali's space..very nice one and I know I am going to enjoy the week's dishes..

  15. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

    i m literally drooling kalyani, just imagining the flavors, slurping the soup and a bite of little soggy samosa, oh man, you are killing me with this!!!

  16. Wow! This looks awesome! Samosa in soup….what more to ask for!

  17. The Pumpkin Farm

    this is like a one pot meal…my husband will love this dish as it has everything going in this one for his tastes

  18. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    I am just drooling at your pictures. Looks and sounds so flavorful!

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