We are excited to bring you one of our most requested recipes. This recipe is a lot of work but well worth the effort.
This recipe makes about 50 pieces of kubba which is enough for 2 meals for about 4 to 5 people.
Please note the ingredients and instructions are separated into three different parts. If you are only making the kubba now and not the stew, you only need the first two parts. If you are making the kubba and the stew now, you will need all three parts.
Meat Mixture Ingredients
2 tablespoons oil
1 large onion diced
1 1/2 teaspoons of salt (or to taste)
2 teaspoons baharat/middle eastern spice blend
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper (optional)
1 pound ( equals approx. 2 cups) ground beef – your choice of leanness
Meat Mixture Instructions
Outside Part - Paste Ingredients
1 pound (equals approx. 2 cups) ground beef 88%-90% lean
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 cups of cream of rice plus more if necessary
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons cream of wheat also known as farina
1 1/2 cups of ice cold water plus more if necessary
Outside Part - Paste Instructions
You can cook your kubba now or your can freeze for future use.
If freezing, line a tray with wax paper or plastic wrap. Set the kubba in the tray in a single layer making sure you do not let them touch. When the bottom of tray is full, put another piece of paper on top and set another layer on top. Repeat until your tray is full. Cover and freeze in tray. When they are fully frozen, pry off the paper and insert into a large freezer bag to use for future use.
If you don't want to eat your kubba in a stew, you can bring a pot of water with a tablespoon of salt to a rolling boil. Add the kubba and allow bring to a boil again. Simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from water and serve.
there are many stews the kubba can be used in. Below is a recipe using carrots and celery. The vegetables can be substituted. Other options are cauliflower, turnips, or english cucumbers.
6 cups water
2 celery stalks sliced
3 carrots sliced
6 oz tomato paste (small can)
4 garlic cloves smashed
1 tablespoon salt
½ teaspoon dried mint
1/2 teaspoon citric acid or juice of one lemon (this can also be to taste)
red pepper flakes to taste
2/24/2015 10:27:57 am
Thank you so much for taking the time to post these recipes! They're truly helpful and yummy!!!
4/16/2015 02:57:01 am
I love this site and I'm so glad to see our recipes posted online and accessible to all. THANK YOU!
6/13/2016 08:38:54 am
Very simple easy directions.
3/3/2017 11:24:00 am
Turned out really good. This site is great, thank you!
6/2/2017 01:09:40 pm
Hi, I was wondering if u could add how to do the flat Kubba?
2/26/2018 07:44:30 pm
We will have that recipe soon.
2/8/2018 09:52:39 am
I was wondering if you could add the stew with yogurt and barley - keshkee
2/8/2018 10:02:09 am
Hi. My mom is good at making this. I’m going to talk to her and try to set up time to make it together soon so I can post recipe.
2/26/2018 02:28:43 pm
Hi!! There are so many middle eastern recipes out there but I think the ones you post are the closest to the way my family’s recipes are!! I love them all! Can you please post the recipe for Cauliflower stew? Thank you!!!
2/26/2018 07:45:27 pm
Thanks. We will try to post that recipe soon.
8/29/2018 11:24:54 am
Thank you for posting these receipts.
9/8/2018 06:41:34 pm
Thanks Saad for the kind words. We are glad to help keep our traditional cooking alive!
1/15/2019 01:07:00 pm
Saad, my husband, has a lot of Iraqi relatives in USA. I am from India so I don't know anything about Iraqi Food. It was such a delight finding your website - my 97 year old mother-in-law has given her blessings for me to cook Iraqi food using your recipes. Thank you so much.
2/28/2019 02:40:28 pm
Perfect! Thank you!
3/23/2019 11:13:18 am
Hi can you post a recipe for the yogurt version of the stew? 😋 also can i substitute the qheat for more cream of rice?
3/24/2019 12:07:33 pm
I’m not sure about substituting the cream of wheat for cream of rice. Maybe make a small portion and see if it works and go from there.
3/29/2019 03:10:06 pm
There are so many middle eastern recipes ,but yours are by far the best and closest to my Mom's, which I regret not learning from her now that she's gone ,I just start making what I used to refer to as hard and too much work recipes ,I do rely on my older sister a lot .I do have ma-baseema cookbook, but your recipes are the best easy to follow ,haven't disappoint .
4/2/2019 05:40:50 am
Thanks you! We love hearing how our site helps others.
3/29/2019 03:16:00 pm
Sorry I forgot to share my email with you .
6/2/2019 08:10:49 am
My Mom used to make it when she was younger, we're Assyrians from Iraq. Your recipe tastes very close to hers. My wife who's from Syria couldn't believe I made it 😂. Thank you so much, this dish was always one of my favorites.
6/17/2019 04:28:20 pm
Thank you so much for the feedback. Glad to hear the recipe worked well for you.
6/17/2019 03:54:31 pm
Do you really use meat for the outside part? I am pretty sure my mom only used meat for the inner part. :)
6/17/2019 04:30:30 pm
Yes this recipe uses meat for the outer part. There are other ways to make it so maybe some recipes don’t use the meat?
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