Kashkuleh (Meat balls with vegetables)

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 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 πŸ™‚ …


27 Comments Add yours

  1. Abid says:

    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).


  2. Abid says:

    Oh and don’t forget to comment!

  3. limeandlemon says:

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

  4. Excellent recipe! Looks delicious and simiple … except for all of that cutting for those of us who are knife inept πŸ™‚

  5. limeandlemon says:

    Lol … I already did comment Abid … it looks great … stay in touch πŸ™‚

  6. limeandlemon says:

    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 .. πŸ™‚

  7. theripetomato says:

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

  8. frecklesncurls007 says:

    That looks delicious!

  9. limeandlemon says:

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

  10. limeandlemon says:

    Thanx Frecklesncurls .. stay in touch πŸ™‚

  11. grace2882 says:

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

  12. limeandlemon says:

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

  13. Lubna Karim says:

    Meat and veggies together looks droolworthy……

  14. Donna says:

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

  15. limeandlemon says:

    Thanx Donna .. Let me know when u get to try it … Stay in touch πŸ™‚

  16. meeso says:

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

  17. limeandlemon says:

    Yup its healthy, simple and really yummy .. πŸ™‚

  18. happygrub says:

    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 says:

    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 πŸ™‚ .. stay in touch

  20. pip says:


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

    thanks! pip

    pip’s plate

  21. limeandlemon says:

    Hay Pip .. it was cooked at 180Β°C or approximately 375Β°F … Let me know how it turns when u try it … πŸ™‚

  22. pip says:

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


    Pip’s Plate

  23. limeandlemon says:

    Will be waiting for your feedback Pip πŸ™‚

  24. Mona says:

    Wow, looks hearty and delicious!

  25. limeandlemon says:

    Thanx Mona πŸ™‚

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