Iranian Meatballs and Fattoush

Recipes derived from “The New Book of Middle Eastern Food”.

Meatballs with Spinach, Chickpeas, and Orange (serves 6):

  • 1 1/2 lb ground beef or lamb
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • oil
  • 1 lb spinach
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 14 oz can chickpeas
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • juice of 2 oranges
  • 1 tbsp flour

Mix meat, onion, salt, and pepper. Form into small meatballs. Fry in a little oil until browned all over, but not cooked through. Saute the spinach in butter until wilted. Cut up if pieces are large, add drained chickpeas, season as needed with salt and pepper. Mix the lemon juice, orange juice, and flour. Stir into the spinach mixture. Add the meatballs, stir, and cook with the lid on for 15 minutes, or until cooked through. Fry the garlic and coriander in 2 tbsp oil or butter, then stir in at the end of cooking.

Herbed Rice (serves 6):

  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • salt
  • 2 cups finely chopped mixed herbs, choose from chives, parsley, dill, cilantro, etc.
  • 6 green onions, finely chopped
  • 6 tbsp butter

Boil the rice in salted water for about 12 minutes, until slightly underdone. Toss in the herbs and green onion, immediately drain, letting herbs cling to rice. Add butter to the pot, when melted, return the rice. Stir, cover, and let cook on very low heat for 15-20 minutes.

Fattoush (serves 6):

  • 1 1/2 pita breads, or equivalent amount french bread
  • 1 small head lettuce, chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 large cucumber, chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • small bunch parsley, chopped
  • 1 sprig mint, chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • salt and pepper
  • za’atar to taste

Toast the bread and break into small pieces. Mix all vegetables and herbs. Make dressing of remaining ingredients. Toss dressing, vegetables, and bread.


About tandooritaco

This is a blog about food.
This entry was posted in beef and lamb, bread, budget cooking, middle eastern, rice, salad. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s