Potato Kibbeh Recipe

Ingredients (6 servings)

  • 2 cups of Bulgur (cracked wheat)
  • 2 cups dry chickpeas
  • 3 medium sized potatoes, boiled, mashed
  • 2 cups general purpose flour
  • 1/2 bunch parsley
  • 1/2 bunch mint
  • 1/2 bunch green onions
  • 1 medium sized white onion
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Syrian 7-spices
  • 2/3 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 cups of Olive oil (about 1 cup per pan of Kibbeh)

Preparation Method

  1. Chickpeas: The goal of the process here is to skin and halve the chickpeas. If you are able to find skinned chickpea halves at your grocery store, you can just soak them overnight and skip the remaining steps in this process. If you have regular chickpeas, then soak them in water overnight. On the day of, rinse them well then warm in a pot of water on the stove for a few minutes. Drain, then spread warm chickpeas on a towel then break them open by rolling a rolling pin on them a few times with force. Place broken chickpeas back in a pot, fill with water then rub them with your hands to separate the skin. Repeat the process a few times so that you rid the all of the chickpeas from their skin. Once done, drain the skinless chickpeas and place in the “mixing” pot.
  2. Potatoes: Boil the potatoes for 15-20 minutes, let cool down a bit, peel, mash and add to the “mixing” bowl.
  3. Bulgur: rinse the bulgur with water, let dry for 30 minutes and then add to the “mixing” bowl
  4. Mint and Parsley: Cut stems away, then finely chop the leaves and add to the “mixing” bowl
  5. Green Onions: Chop finely then add to “mixing” bowl
  6. White Onions: Chop finely then add to “mixing” bowl
  7. Flour & Spices: Add flour on top of all ingredients in the “mixing” bowl, add the 7 spices and cayenne pepper and salt, and mix and knead well with your hands for a few minutes. The result should be a dough.

Cooking Method

  1. Brush olive oil on your Pyrex glass baking pan (or your preferred aluminum baking pan)
  2. Pat Vegetarian Kibbeh dough into pan with a thickness of about 1/2 to 2/3 of an inch but not too thick
  3. With a knife, cut deep lines into the dough to form square shapes. Then makes small cuts in the center of each square. The purpose of this is to allow the olive oil to seep through the dough and make it easy to cut when cooked.
  4. Gently and slowly soak the pan with olive oil until it’s fully covered and the olive oil level is right above the surface of the dough. This should be about 1 cup of olive oil per pan.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees for 45-60 minutes, or until the dough turns brown and a bit crispy. Poke to make sure the inside is well cooked.
  6. Enjoy it hot or cold

Preparation time: 30 minute(s)
Cooking time: 50 minute(s)

                                                                                     Butheina Alnounou

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Kibbeh Recipe

 

 

 

 

 Ingredients


500 g finely minced meat (lamb or beef)
400 g fine burghol
1 onion, grated
Salt and pepper
Vegetable oil for deep frying
100 g coarse minced meat
50 g pine nuts
1 onion chopped fine
1 tbsp veg oil

Preparation

To prepare the kibbeh, soak the burghol in water, squeeze it well to drain and mix it with the minced meat and the onion, to obtain a paste.

Add salt and pepper.

To prepare the stuffing, stir fry the meat in the oil until half cooked, season with salt and pepper, add the onion and the pine nuts, keep stirring for 2 more minutes, and leave to cool.

To form the kibbeh balls, take a piece of kibbeh dough (as big as a ping pong ball), shape it well as a ball, hold in the left hand, and poke a whole in it with the right index, to form thin walls.

Insert stuffing, and close the ball in a pointed rugby ball shape.

Fry in hot oil until golden

* If you dip the tip of your finger in cold water it helps in forming the kibbeh ball and sticking the top end close.

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Beef Curry with Chickpeas

 

Serves 4

Curry tastes better once it’s stood for a while, so make this lovely sweet curry the day before to allow the flavors to develop nicely. If you like a bit more of a kick, increase the curry powder to taste.

Ingredients

1.5kg stewing beef, cubed
Salt and freshly ground black pepper.
80ml flour
60ml oil
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
15ml medium curry powder
300ml beef stock
1 tin (410g) Chopped Peeled Tomatoes
30ml chutney
250g butternut, cubed
1 tin (410g) boiled Chickpeas, drained
150g baby potatoes, cooked

Method

Season the meat with salt and pepper and roll each piece in the flour. Heat the oil in a saucepan and fry the meat until golden brown. Remove from the saucepan. Heat the remaining oil and fry the onion, garlic, curry powder and boiled potato for several minutes. Add the meat to the saucepan and add the stock, chopped tomatoes and chutney. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for an hour-and-a-half. Add the butter and simmer until done. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for several more minutes. Season to taste and serve with rice.

Butheina Alnounou

 

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