Iraqi Style Qeema (Timman Ou Qeema)

Total Time
1hr 9mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 1 hr 4 mins

flavorful meat dish traditionally served over rice {timman} and usually with bread

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. brown ground beef, make pieces small as possible.
  2. add onions and salt to beef, brown a little more.
  3. cover with water, add chickpeas and cinnamon.
  4. allow to boil for at least 5 minutes, use a potato masher to smoosh the chickpeas.
  5. add tomato sauce, cover, let simmer at least 1 hour.
  6. serve over rice, with your choice of bread.
Most Helpful

Surprisingly DELICIOUS! My husband and I LOVED it. The only difference in mine is that I did not have enough cinnamon. And frankly, I was afraid to even put it at all. I was quite surprised at how DELICIOUS it tasted. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, chef2six!

MrsK March 24, 2011

For me I would say 3 stars here and DH said a 2 so I it got my 3. Having said that, he is always less that open to new things but has been making an effort lately. He didn't eat much of his at all so that is his valid opinion. While I love Middle Eastern flavors I found I didn't love this as much as I usually enjoy north African dishes. You never know if you don't try and I'm glad I gave this a go. Made for PAC, Spring 2011

Annacia March 10, 2011