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Persian Meatballs (Sabzi Koofteh)


  • 1 lb. ground meat (beef or lamb)
  • 2 medium onion
  • large handful of fresh mint
  • large handful of fresh watercress
  • salt
  • turmeric
  • 1 egg
  • butter
  • tomato paste
  • split peas
  • rice


Cook some of the rice and split peas (1/2--3/4 cup each) in the pan (with not too much water) for 5-10 minutes.

Chop one onion with mint and watercress.

Add about 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4--1/2 tsp. turmeric on rice, then add chopped onions and mix with meat. Add 1 egg. Mix well.

Coarsely chop the other medium onion and put in pan with a little oil and about 3 tbsp. butter. Saute, then add about 1/2 tsp. turmeric, 3 tbsp. tomato paste, salt (1/2 tsp.), and water (about 1/2 saucepan). Bring to a boil.

Make palm-sized meatballs and place in boiling mixture. Cook about 1/2 hour. Serve in bowls with broth. Yogurt and pickles on the side.

Say Bismillah and eat!

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