Total Time
1hr 45mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 1 hr

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put the ground beef in a bowl with the grated onion, garlic, oregano, cumin, parsley, mint, and pepper and add salt.
  2. Rinse, and then scald the rice by pouring boiling water over it in a bowl; leave to soak for 5 minutes.
  3. Drain, add to the beef, and mix all ingredients well; form small sausage shapes.
  4. Heat the oil in a large skillet and fry the meatballs until brown; drain on paper towels.
  5. Add the onion to the oil remaining in the pan and fry over gentle heat until translucent.
  6. Add the garlic, cinnamon, and honey and stir until caramelized.
  7. Add the chopped tomato, season, and simmer for about 15 minutes until the sauce has reduced.
  8. Add the vegetable broth and the meatballs; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  9. Sprinkle with chopped herbs.
Most Helpful

This was a superb meal! I even tucked into it when it was cold, so delicious! I processed the meat again to make it finer and softer and I used vegetable broth for the tomato sauce otherwise I kept to the ingredients exactly. A beautiful flavour with the fresh mint and parsley, very, very tasty. Thanks for posting, this was a hit with everyone!

Angela Sara May 24, 2002

This was awesome! I look forward to some leftovers. I followed the recipe pretty closely, but the rice wasn't fully cooked by the time it was ready. I would recommend soaking the rice for an additional five minutes or so.

bmnchef April 04, 2011

I made this last night and it was excellent. I did a few things differently. I doubled the meat and baked them in the oven. Froze a pan so that I'll have them for later. I couldn't find oregano so I substituted dill. And I didn't have the mint. I used leftover rice and put in at least a cup per pound, maybe a little more. I used Del Monte diced tomatoes; highly recommend that brand. Next time, I will try it with the ingredients listed. But even with my changes, it was delicious. I was looking for an alternative to the simple Jeff Smith/Frugal gourmet recipe. This far exceeded my expectation.

qwithyd January 10, 2009