- Serves: 17 People
- Prep Time: 30 Minutes
- Cooking: 40 Minutes
- Calories: 280
- Difficulty: easy
Kubba Iraqi stuffed Rice dumplings are crunchy on the outside, with a soft, spiced mixture on the inside. With so many different names like kibbeh or kubbat halab or kubba halab, this dish really plays with all of your senses and is a taste sensation that you will never forget. Kubba is an Iraqi delight named in homage to the Syrian city of Halab. Kubba halab or kubbat halab means kubba from halab, the Arabic name of the Syrian city Aleppo. It is a type of dish usually made of a bulgur or potato dough, or in this case white rice dough, that is stuffed with a ground meat mixture, often hand-shaped like an egg or sometimes flattened like burger patties. These meat filled rice balls are usually served as finger food or appetizers (mezza). The simple and beautiful taste of kubba is in some of these memories that I can still remember from my visit of Iraq.
- ____________________For Mince Filling___________________
- In a pan add cooking oil and ground meat., fry till mince get brown.
- Remove the access fat of the mince or any excess oil.
- Now add chopped onion and fry for 2-3 minutes.
- Add garam masala powder and salt in it and mix to combine.
- Cover and let the mince cook on low flame till tender. (You can add little water if required).
- Turn off the flame and let the filling cool down.
- _____________Note: You may add sliced almonds or raisins in this filling if you want to give it a twist.
- _______________________For Rice Dough_____________________
- In a big pot add water, salt, turmeric and let the water boil.
- Then add soaked rice in this water and cook on high flame till water again starts to boil.
- Cover the pot and cook the rice on low heat for almost 20 minutes or until the rice are fully cooked and water dries up. We need mushy rice for the dough.
- Let the rice cool down a bit.
- hen mash the rice with potato masher or knead it with your hands or use food processor for mashing the rice.
- Everything is ready now its time to assemble kubba.
- Wet your hands with cold water so the dough wont stick to your hands, take a small portion of it, shape it into a ball and make a hole in it so you can stuff it.
- Seal very well and give it an oval shape.
- Deep fry over medium heat until light brown.
- ________________Note: you can make and freeze these for any occasion, just take out and deep fry without defrosting.
- This is a basic recipe of kubba you can add variety of ingredients and even shape the kubba as per your choice.
- You can add an egg in the rice dough if you want.
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