Kibbeh with Yogurt

In this dish, full of fiber and protein, ground beef is combined with earthy bulgur wheat and spices and cooked in a warm yogurt sauce.

Nutritional info
per serving

Calories 236
Fat 14g
Saturated fat 3g
Carbohydrates 8g
Sodium 451mg
Fiber 1g
Protein 19g
Cholesterol 37mg

Kibbeh with Yogurt

12 kibbeh
Prep time: Cook time: Total time:


  • [1/2] cup bulgur wheat, grind #1
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 lb. lean ground chuck beef
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • [1/2] tsp. ground allspice
  • [1/2] tsp. ground coriander
  • [1/2] tsp. ground cumin
  • [1/2] tsp. ground nutmeg
  • [1/2] tsp. ground cloves
  • [1/2] tsp. ground cinnamon
  • [1/2] tsp. dried sage
  • [1/4] cup long-grain rice
  • [1/2] lb. ground beef
  • 3 TB. extra-virgin olive oil
  • [1/2] cup pine nuts
  • 1 tsp. seven spices
  • 4 cups Greek yogurt
  • 2 TB. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. dried mint


In a small bowl, soak bulgur wheat in 1 cup water for 30 minutes.

In a food processor fitted with a chopping blade, blend [1/2] of yellow onion and basil for 30 seconds. Add bulgur, and blend for 30 more seconds.

Add ground chuck, 1[1/2] teaspoons salt, black pepper, allspice, coriander, cumin, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and sage, and blend for 1 minutes.

Transfer mixture to a large bowl, and knead for 3 minutes.

In a large pot, combine long-grain rice and remaining 3 cups water, and cook for 30 minutes.

In a medium skillet over medium heat, brown beef for 5 minutes, breaking up chunks with a wooden spoon.

Add remaining [1/2] of yellow onion, extra-virgin olive oil, remaining [1/2] teaspoon salt, pine nuts, and seven spices, and cook for 7 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Whisk Greek yogurt into cooked rice, add garlic and mint, reduce heat to low, and cook for 5 minutes.

Form meat-bulgur mixture into 12 equal-size balls. Create a groove in center of each ball, fill with beef and onion mixture, and seal groove.

Carefully drop balls into yogurt sauce, and cook for 15 minutes. Serve warm.

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