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The national dish of Syria - Kibbe with Tabouleh

Recipe: The national dish of Syria - Kibbe with Tabouleh

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 4



  • 500 g bulgur
  • 1 kg minced beef
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts optional
  • 3 tbsp walnuts optional
  • 1 tsp sweet chili paste
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • oil


  • 100 g bulgur
  • 2 bunches fresh parsley
  • ½ bunch fresh mint leaves
  • 4 onions
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 120 ml olive oil
  • 60 ml lemon juice
  • 60 ml pomegranate juice
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • salt
  • 1 romaine lettuce


Making the dough:

  • Wash the bulgur. Keep wet and set aside for half an hour
  • In food processor, put half of minced beef, bulgur, salt, pepper, cumin, coriander, chili paste.
  • Mix well to make a paste. Add a few spoons of water if required. Dough should be stiff but manageable.

Making the stuffing:

  • Fry 500g of minced beef in a small amount of oil. Add salt and pepper.
  • Chop the onion and fry it lightly. Then fry the pine seeds and walnuts. Mix all ingredients to make the stuffing.
  • Form kibbe dough into hollows balls (like cups), fill with stuffing, close and form into shape. In a deep frying pan, heat oil well. Drop each ball at a time. Fry them until golden and crispy.
  • Serve hot with Tabouleh.


  • Put bulgur in a small bowl. Add lemon juice and pomegranate juice
  • Strip leaves of parsley from stems by running your thumb and forefinger up the stem. Thoroughly wash 3-4 times to be sure to remove all dirt
  • Cut the parsley and the mint as fine as possible. Place the romaine lettuce at the bottom of a bowl
  • Finely chop the green onions and dice the tomatoes finely
  • Mix parsley, fresh mint, onions and tomatoes with all other ingredients and pour over the lettuce.
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