Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Kuwaiti Food Spot - With thanks to Marybeth Alawadh Ortua

Kibbeh (Arabic: كبة‎‎), (also spelled and pronounced kibbe, kebbah, kubbeh, kubbah or kubbi depending on region, known in Kuwait as kubbah is a Levantine dish. Kubba is a type of dish usually made of a bulgur or potato dough, or in long-grain white rice dough, that is stuffed with a ground meat mixture, often hand-shaped like an egg, sometimes flattened like a croquette, then either boiled or baked or deep fried. Some people shape them into balls, but the far superior kubba maker will shape them like eggs. The shape changes the texture and ratio of each bite and makes everything in the world just right. A good potato kibbeh should be crispy on the outside and moist inside filled with ground meat mixture called qeema, and this simple qeema is mixed with finely chopped parsley , minced onions, and finely ground lean beef, lamb, goat, or camel meat(depending on your liking) with Middle Eastern spices (cinnamon powder, nutmeg, clove, allspice, sumac & sometimes mixed with walnuts or chili flakes ). These kibbeh balls freeze perfectly and can go directly from freezer to fryer. There are many kinds of kubba: Kubba't Hamuuth, Kubba't Mosul, Kubba't Burghul, Kubba't Jareesh, Kubba't Puteta, Kubba't Bil Sayneah, and so on and on. Almost every family has a treasured recipe, and best recipes are those that are passed down from one generation to another. 

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