Pumpkin Kibbeh


This kibbeh has a very distinct flavor, thanks to the sweet pumpkin and fragrant spices.

Nutritional info
per serving

Calories 121
Fat 5g
Saturated fat 1g
Carbohydrates 15g
Sodium 673mg
Fiber 2g
Protein 4g
Cholesterol 0mg

Pumpkin Kibbeh

8 cups
Prep time: Cook time: Total time:


  • 1 medium sugar pumpkin
  • 2 cups bulgur wheat, grind #1
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 large yellow onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • [1/2] tsp. ground black pepper
  • [1/2] tsp. ground cinnamon
  • [1/2] tsp. ground allspice
  • [1/2] tsp. ground ginger
  • [1/2] tsp. paprika
  • [1/2] tsp. turmeric
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 TB. extra-virgin olive oil
  • [1/2] cup walnuts, chopped
  • [1/2] cup pine nuts
  • 1 tsp. seven spices
  • 1 (16-oz.) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • Olive oil spray


Preheat the oven to 450ºF.

Cut sugar pumpkin in half, place cut side down on a baking sheet, and bake for 45 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine bulgur wheat and water, and set aside for 20 minutes.

When pumpkin is done baking, remove seeds and stringy pulp, and scoop out pumpkin meat (about 4 cups).

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

Add pumpkin, and blend for 30 seconds.

Add bulgur, salt, black pepper, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, paprika, and turmeric, and blend for 1 minute. (You can do this in batches if your food processor won't hold all of bulgur and pumpkin at once.)

Transfer mixture to a large bowl, and knead all-purpose flour into pumpkin-bulgur mix for about 3 minutes.

In a medium skillet over medium heat, heat extra-virgin olive oil. Add remaining yellow onion, and cook for 5 minutes.

Add walnuts, pine nuts, and seven spices, and cook for 3 minutes.

Add chickpeas, and cook for 2 minutes.

Form pumpkin dough into 24 (3-inch) patties. Spoon 2 tablespoons chickpea mixture on 12 patties, and use remaining 12 patties to cover. Seal patties around chickpea mixture.

Spray sealed kibbeh with olive oil spray, and spray a baking sheet, too. Place kibbeh on the baking sheet, and bake for 25 minutes. Remove, let cool slightly, and serve warm.

Mediterranean Morsel
Kibbeh is a dough made using bulgur wheat and either meat or a puréed vegetable. It's eaten raw, baked, or fried and usually has a filling.

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