Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

These meatballs have a very Middle Eastern flavor. To make these suitable for Passover, just substitute matzah meal for the bread crumbs.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix meat, egg, bread cumbs, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper.
  2. Divide into 20 equal-size balls.
  3. Roll each ball into egg shape.
  4. Set aside.
  5. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  6. Add meatballs, brown on all sides.
  7. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  8. Drain skillet.
  9. Pour 3/4 cup water into skillet.
  10. Add tomato paste, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  11. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, cook 5 minutes.
  12. Return meat to skillet and cook just until heated through.
Most Helpful

Well, I looked at the ingredients and thought "That doesn't seem like enough cumin to be able to taste it" but then I quickly came to my senses and prepared the recipe verbatim because I've learned not to fool with Mirjam's recipes. And I'm glad I did, because the flavour was just right. Served them with dressed pasta and a light salad. Wunderbar!

Mille® June 08, 2002

These meatballs were very nice!! i used a can of dices tomatoes instead of the tomatoe paste, and it was a nice addition over rice. very nice and easy too.

integrity1st May 14, 2002

Very flavourful. I added piri-piri seasoning to the sauce to give it a little bit of kick,

KJ November 26, 2001