Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Fried Kibbe Recipe - How to Make Fried Kibbe

Easy and delicious recipe for middle eastern fried kibbe. Learn how to make the best fried kibbe dish. Kibbe is one of the most characteristic foods of Middle eastern cuisine. It is widespread in Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey, Cyprus (where it is called koupes or koubes), Egypt (where it is called koubeiba), and the Arabian Peninsula. Kibbe is served as an appetizer or side dish.

Preparation time : 30 minutes
Cooking time : 20 minutes

1¾ cups burghul or 350 g, fine
500 g lean minced beef
1 small onion or 100 g, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cumin

For the stuffing:
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 medium onions or 250 g, chopped
½ kg minced lamb
2 cubes MAGGI® Mutton Bouillon, crumbled
½ teaspoon seven spices
3 tablespoons pine seeds, toasted
1 teaspoon dried mint
1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses
2 cups vegetable oil or 440 g, for deep frying

  1. Wash burghul and drain then cover and set it aside for 1 hour.
  2. Combine in a mixing bowl the prepared burghul, minced beef, onion, mint, salt and spices. Mince the ingredients 3 times using the meat electric mincer (add some cold water to have soft dough if needed). Cover and set in the fridge.
  3. Heat oil in a pan, add onion and cook until tender. Add the minced lamb and stir until cooked and brown in color. Add the crumbled MAGGI® Mutton Bouillon cubes, Arabic seven spices, pine seeds, dried mint and pomegranate molasses and stir to combine well.
  4. With wet hands, take medium sized pieces of the kibbeh dough mixture, form each portion into an oval shape, making a space in the center by pushing your finger through from one end.
  5. Stuff with some cooked lamb mixture, close by pressing firmly.
  6. Fry the kibbeh in hot deep oil until golden brown.
  7. Serve hot with green salad and fresh yogurt.
Serving tips : This dish can be prepared and freezed up to 6 months, and fried before serving.

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