Wednesday, August 1, 2012


Kibbe is a very popular snack in the Lebanese cuisine. This is a healthier version of the same and is baked. You can make it with or without meat.

Bulgur (crushed wheat) 2 cups
Potatoes ......... 4 medium boiled
Onion ......... 1 medium (chopped finely)
Dry mint ..... 1 tsp. ( optional)
Cinnamon powder... 1/2 tsp
Black pepper powder .. 1/2 tsp
Baking powder ......... 1/4 tsp
Salt ......................... to taste
Oil... 5-6 tbsps (preferably olive oil)

For the filling:
Onion ..... 1 medium

Zatar ....... 1 tbsp. (zatar is a Middle Eastern spice/condiment - a combination of sesame seeds, dried sumac, salt, thyme and other herbs)

Walnuts or pine nuts 1/2 or 3/4 cup (Crushed)


1. Soak the crushed wheat with enough water just to cover it. After a few hours the water would have been soaked by the wheat. The texture should be grainy, not mushy. (If you think you have added more water drain it out)

2. Boil the potatoes and mash them.

3. In a food processor or by hand mix the wheat and potato, adding salt, baking powder, black pepper, cinnamon powder and dry mint. Divide it into 2 parts.

4. In a pan heat a little oil and saute the onion for a minute until translucent. Add the zatar spice and crushed walnuts or pine nuts. Mix well and set aside.

5. In a baking tray, pour about 2 tbsps oil and spread evenly.Take half of the mix and spread it.
6. Spread the filling over it and the remaining wheat and potato mix on top. Press it evenly and drizzle 2 tbsps. of oil all over. Spread the oil with the back of the spoon or pastry brush.

7. Slide the knife through the mix and cut into desired sized cubes or diamond shapes.

8. Bake until it turns brown. ( about 30-35 minutes)

PS: The baking time generally varies a little depending on the size of the oven and quantity.

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  1. Just mouthwatering...looks so easy to prepare and delicious!

    1. Thanks Kalyan.. yes it is very easy recipe

  2. sounds interesting and new to me...
    looks delicious :)

  3. Sounds different and never heard of zatar. Looks yum

    1. Anu, Zatar is Middle Eastern herb and spice mix, tangy in taste.

  4. wow this looks amazing. I am going to book mark and try.

  5. Interesting recipe,thanks for sharing.

  6. Would love to try this recipe.looks perfect

  7. Quiet interesting and wonderful recipe !!

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  8. Very tempting

  9. Thats an excellent and yummy baked potato kibbe.

  10. A very interesting recipe..something very new to me.

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  11. I was so surprised and excited to see the title of this post! My husband is Lebanese and I find few people know the food. I've never had it with potatoes, though, so I'll have to try it!

    1. So glad to hear that Jackie.. this used to be served in lebanese restaurants in Brazil

  12. Thanks for introducing delicious new dish to me also sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop.

  13. I am so interested in this recipe. I love every ingredient, especially the addition of zatar. I wanted to let you know that you've been featured on my blog over at Hearth and Soul. Thanks so much for stopping by!!

  14. very interesting ingredients.. Never used zatar..

  15. Hi! Thank you for a wonderful recipe. I have made pumpkin kibbe before, but not a potato one...eager to try this. Any ideas on what I can serve this with?

    1. Nilu, you can serve this with pita bread and can see the hummus recipe in the blog too.
      Thanks for visiting.


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