Recipe

Fried kibbeh balls

Try this delicious Lebanese snack with a cooling yoghurt sauce and fresh mint.

  • 25 mins cooking
  • Makes 16 Item
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Ingredients

Fried kibbeh balls
  • 1 cup (160g) burghul
  • 600 gram minced lamb
  • 1 medium brown onion (150g), grated finely
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • vegetable oil, for shallow-frying
Filling
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 small brown onion (80g), chopped finely
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon slivered almonds
  • 100 gram minced lamb
  • 1/2 ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint leaves

Method

Fried kibbeh balls
  • 1
    Place burghul in medium bowl, cover with cold water, stand 15 minutes; drain. Rinse burghul under cold water, drain; squeeze to remove excess moisture.
  • 2
    Combine burghul with lamb, onion, allspice, oregano, olive oil and the water in large bowl.
  • 3
    To make filling, heat oil in medium frying pan; cook onion, stirring, until soft. Add nuts; cook, stirring, until browned lightly. Add lamb, allspice and oregano; cook, stirring, until lamb is browned. Stir in mint.
  • 4
    Shape ¼ cups of burghul mixture into balls, using damp hands. Hollow out centres of meatballs, using your thumb. Place rounded teaspoons of filling into hollowed out meatballs. Shape meatballs into ovals, using damp hands.
  • 5
    Heat vegetable oil in large frying pan; shallow-fry kibbeh in batches, until browned all over and cooked through. Drain on absorbent paper.

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