Kashkuleh (Meat balls with vegetables)

February 11, 2009 at 6:54 PM 26 comments

This is something my mom used to make for us since we were small .. i think its a traditional dish… its healthy, light and tastes good … basically its meatballs with different vegetables .. u can use what ever vegetables available not necessarily the ones i mention … its simple to make and doesnt take that long … to make it you will need:

- 1 lb minced meat (lamb or beef).. whichever u prefer

- 1 small onion, chopped finely

- 1/2 ts all spice

- 2 tb bread crumbs

- salt and pepper

- 1 big zucchini, chopped

- 1 big potato, chopped

- 1 medium eggplant, chopped

- 1 big carrot, chopped

- 2 to 3 big tomatoes, quartered

- 2 red onions, sliced in half .. then sliced thin

- 4 garlic clove, cut in half

- 1 to 2 celery sticks, chopped

- 2 cups beef stock.. or chicken stock … whichever u have on hand

- salt and pepper

meat mix

In a bowl … add the meat, onion, bread crumbs, all-spice, salt and pepper… And mix it all well ..

shape

Shape the meat mixture into either oval shape like in the photo or simply into balls … and place it in a baking sheet which is brushed or sprayed with a little oil …

bake it

Bake the meat balls until slightly browned and cooked through … around 15 to 20 mins …

Cut the vegs

Meanwhile cut all the vegetables …

mix all the vegs

Place all the vegetables in a bowl and mix them all together …

Now you have two choices … either season the vegetables with salt and pepper .. or simply season the stock … i chose to season the stock this time…

add to meat ball

Add all the mixed vegetables to the cooked meat balls .. and stir it all together ..

add the stock

Add the stock (seasoned with salt and pepper) to the vegetables and meat ball mixture … and cover it with aluminum foil ..

bake covered with foil

Bake covered at medium heat for 30 to 40 mins … until the potatoes and carrots(they take the longest to cook) are fork tender..

uncover foil and bake

Uncover the baking pan and bake for around 15 mins more .. just to give it a nice color ..

Kashkuleh (meat ball with vegs)

Serve with pitta bread…

Enjoy :)

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  • 1. Abid  |  February 11, 2009 at 7:41 PM

    I made one of your recipes and posted the result on my blog (with pictures).

    Please check it out! (Post is at http://www.abidhasan.com/Blog/index.php?pid=422).

    Abid

  • 2. Abid  |  February 11, 2009 at 7:44 PM

    Oh and don’t forget to comment!

  • 3. limeandlemon  |  February 11, 2009 at 7:52 PM

    I just checked it out … looks great … you have done a really good job at it … thanx for your feedback … stay in touch :)

  • 4. Alisa - Frugal Foodie  |  February 11, 2009 at 7:54 PM

    Excellent recipe! Looks delicious and simiple … except for all of that cutting for those of us who are knife inept :)

  • 5. limeandlemon  |  February 11, 2009 at 7:55 PM

    Lol … I already did comment Abid … it looks great … stay in touch :)

  • 6. limeandlemon  |  February 11, 2009 at 8:00 PM

    Thanx Alisa … well i dont like the cutting part alot either … but all the veges are cut big .. so i think that makes it easier …let me know if u gave it a try … stay in touch .. :)

  • 7. theripetomato  |  February 11, 2009 at 8:53 PM

    This looks excellent, and seems like a nice option instead of the usual tomato sauce.

  • 8. frecklesncurls007  |  February 11, 2009 at 10:43 PM

    That looks delicious!

  • 9. limeandlemon  |  February 11, 2009 at 11:16 PM

    Thanx Theripetomato … yea its a good change .. and really light and healthy .. let me know if u try it .. stay in touch :)

  • 10. limeandlemon  |  February 11, 2009 at 11:17 PM

    Thanx Frecklesncurls .. stay in touch :)

  • 11. grace2882  |  February 12, 2009 at 3:07 AM

    Oh I can very easily make this low carb. This looks very good. Thanks for sharing.

  • 12. limeandlemon  |  February 12, 2009 at 3:24 PM

    Thanx Grace … you are right .. it can be easily made low carb … let me know how it turns out … :)

  • 13. Lubna Karim  |  February 12, 2009 at 5:35 PM

    Meat and veggies together looks droolworthy……

  • 14. Donna  |  February 13, 2009 at 10:51 PM

    Laila- This looks terrific. I love the use of meatballs with veggies rather than pasta for a change. Thanks for sharing!

  • 15. limeandlemon  |  February 13, 2009 at 11:04 PM

    Thanx Donna .. Let me know when u get to try it … Stay in touch :)

  • 16. meeso  |  February 14, 2009 at 7:58 PM

    That does look simple, but really delicious… Healthy, too!

  • 17. limeandlemon  |  February 14, 2009 at 9:23 PM

    Yup its healthy, simple and really yummy .. :)

  • 18. happygrub  |  February 19, 2009 at 4:52 PM

    Thanks for the reply to the last comment!

    I have 2 more questions if you don’t mind.. What’s the marinade for the meat in shawarma and what else can hummus be eaten with besides pita? Are there any more variations or combinations?

    Also do u grind ur own meat for the kofta or buy ground meat? And how bout pita, do you make your own?

  • 19. limeandlemon  |  February 21, 2009 at 1:10 AM

    Happygrub: Im always gald to answer any questions you have …
    About the shawarma … the chicken and the meat ones are marinated differently… but its mainly the spice blend that gives it the taste …added to that the way that its grilled … i will try to post the home made shawarma recipe soon .. but it wont be like the one you buy in a sandwich … but pretty close to it …
    About the hummus … traditionally its breakfast food … we eat it with pitta bread along side falafel and foul (which is fava bean dip similar to hummus) .. we also eat it with barbecue .. but its always eaten with pitta bread … and traditionally there isnt any variations to it … i heard people making it with roasted bell peppers … but i never really tired to make it that way …
    The Kofta … i usually buy already grinded meat … over here they sell even ready made kofta at butchers shop .. but i prefer it home made as you control the spices and other stuff that goes in it ..
    Also the pitta bread we buy it ready made as it need specific ovens to be baked in …
    i hope all these answers helps … if u have any more .. let me know :) .. stay in touch

  • 20. pip  |  March 5, 2009 at 3:20 AM

    laila-

    what temp did you cook the meatballs and the meatballs/veggies at?

    thanks! pip

    pip’s plate

  • 21. limeandlemon  |  March 5, 2009 at 5:43 PM

    Hay Pip .. it was cooked at 180°C or approximately 375°F … Let me know how it turns when u try it … :)

  • 22. pip  |  March 6, 2009 at 12:55 AM

    thanks laila. might be trying it tonight – i’ll let you know how it goes

    pip

    Pip’s Plate

  • 23. limeandlemon  |  March 6, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Will be waiting for your feedback Pip :)

  • 24. Mona  |  March 17, 2009 at 6:52 AM

    Wow, looks hearty and delicious!

  • 25. limeandlemon  |  March 17, 2009 at 11:05 PM

    Thanx Mona :)

  • 26. hadiza yunusa  |  June 14, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    9ce receipe

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