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Iraqi Meatballs with Rice and Potatoes

My family routes are from Eastern Europe so I never got to experience much of the genuine Middle eastern cooking.  I’ve only enjoyed it when mothers of my friends would cook.  Any one pot dish is great comfort food in my opinion and this is definitely one of them.  I was debating whether or not to put up a picture because I know it may not look very appetizing but trust me, it tastes so much better than it looks!


  • 400 grams of ground meat (I used a mixture of beef and pork)
  • 1.5 chopped onions
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • About a handful of chopped parsley
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes (fresh tomatoes work too if you’ve got the time)
  • 6 potatoes – sliced into cubes
  • 2 tsp. of Sea salt
  • 1 tbsp. Black pepper
  • 2 tbsp.  cumin
  • 1 tbsp. sweet paprika
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. tomato paste
  • ½ liter of boiling water
  • ½ cup of rice- give it a good rinse (I used Jasmine)
  • 2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tbsp. cumin
  • 2 tbsp.  hot paprika 


In a large mixing bowl, mix 1 chopped onion, 5 chopped garlic cloves and the chopped parsley.

Add the spices: 2 tsp. of sea salt, 1 tbsp. of black pepper, 2 tsp. of cumin, 2 tsp. of paprika and the rice – Mix well!

With your hands (slightly wet) make medium sized balls.

In a big pot set on low heat, add the olive oil.  Place the meatballs in the pot and fry it for 2-3 minutes.  Add the water, ½ of the chopped onion, 3 chopped garlic cloves, hot paprika, salt and cumin – turn up the stove to high heat.

Add the cubed  potatoes. Taste the mix – see if you need to add more salt

Add the chopped tomatoes and mix – turn back to low heat.

After 30 min  -add the tomato paste.

Cook on low heat for 1-1.5 hours – for the last 45 minutes of cooking time – take the lid off so the sauce will thicken.



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