• Cooking Time: 20
  • Servings: 6
  • Preparation Time: 40


I haven't made this in a long time. I usually avoid deep fried foods and it makes 18 "dumplings" which is a lot, since 3 is plenty filling.


  • DOUGH:
  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 1 1/4 cups bulgar wheat (I use #1 grind)
  • 1 medium onion; coarsely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup pistachios
  • 1 lb ground lamb or goat
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp pepper*
  • 1 tsp ground Allspice*
  • 1/4 tsp ground Cumin*
  • 1/4 tsp Smoked Paprika*
  • 1/8 tsp Cinnamon*
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • * or use Ras al Hanout
  • Peanut oil for frying


  • Soak Bulgur for 30 minutes in bowl of cold water.
  • Start with the filling once the bulgur is soaking.
  • In a pan, sauté finely chopped onion in olive oil.
  • When the onion becomes soft, add pistachios.
  • Add ground lamb or goat and break with wooden spoon or a fork to ensure the meat is fine in texture.
  • Add allspice, salt, pepper, smoked paprika and cumin (or Ras al Hanout)
  • When lamb is brown remove from heat and set aside for 15 minutes to cool.
  • The Bulghur should be done soaking, so drain it though cheese cloth, squeezing to remove as much moisture as possible.
  • Place Ground Lamb, Coarse onion, Salt, Pepper and Bulgur in the bowl of a food processor, mix until a homogeneous mass of dough is created. (This can sometimes take a while)
  • When the dough has “come together”, begin heating your deep fryer to 350 degrees.
  • Then begin assembling the Kibbeh by taking an large egg-sized amount of dough mix and form a ball. (Moisten your hands if the "dough" sticks, just like when making Matzo Balls)
  • Make a well in the center and add 2 TB of the filling.
  • Pinch closed and shape into an egg or a football. (Although you can make them into balls as well, but the oblong shape is more traditional, I think)
  • When you are finished stuffing the Kibbeh
  • Submerge in 350 degree oil for about 4-5 minutes or until dark golden brow then drain on a paper towel.

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