Total time: 60 mins
As we explore Central Asian cuisine, we land on a hot snack called a Samsa, popular across the region from the former Soviet Republics of Turkmenistan to Southern Russia. Samsa are baked buns of plain dough or layered pastry stuffed with meat, cheese, and/or vegetable fillings like potato or pumpkin. Samsa are almost always baked in a Tandoor or special clay oven, differentiating these from their fried South Asian cousins called Samosa. Samsa are popular as a grab-and-go street food for busy workers and night owls.