Potato kibbeh (Kibbeh heeleh)
February 11, 2012 • Category: Main Dish
This kibbeh is a vegan type of kibbeh and is called kibbeh heeleh, which means tricky kibbeh; tricky because it looks like the real thing (with meat) but contains no meat whatsoever. The shell is potato, bulgur and some flour to bind the paste. The filling is made up of onions, pumpkin, golden raisins and pomegranates.
It is found it at a local supermarket in Beirut alongside many other delightful appetizers.
The shape of these kibbeh is easier to achieve: You simply leave them open! Fry them and fill them whenever you please with this type of filling or another (eggplant for instance). They are a perfect party dish, since they can be prepare long in advance and are savored at room temperature.
Here is a recipe for a squash kibbeh (simply substitute the potato for squash) until I get a recipe published for these.
Sunday fishermen on the Corniche waterfront in Beirut.
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Alaiyo Kiasi says:
I can imagine filling these lovely Potato Kibbeh with all sorts of delectable surprises, including (and especially) the tasty ingredients that you have used. What makes your dishes and recipes so exciting is that everything is a creation. It’s a treat for the eyes as well as the taste buds. I can also see generations of love in these dishes. Joumana, are there cookbooks that you would recommend that include Lebanese vegetarian dishes? Have you published a cookbook? I would rather have YOUR cookbook. 🙂 Thanks in advance.
On February 11, 2012 at 10:53 am
@Alaiyo: There are many Lebanese cookbooks and they all contain vegetarian dishes since these are traditional (and I have reviewed some, including the Arab Table and others); I am working on a cookbook myself. It should be a comprehensive cookbook for anyone interested in Middle-Eastern cuisine and slanted towards vegetarian dishes as well.
On February 11, 2012 at 11:04 am
Megan Moore says:
Please let us know when you are done with your book!! Also as a novice cook can you give me a list a core spices and ingredients I need to cook these types of recipes. I would like my pantry stocked so that I can just cook and not have to run to the store for this one thing or that. Thank you so much for your time and effort on here. You are amazing.
On February 11, 2012 at 11:33 am
@Megan: That is a great idea and I should have done this sooner! I will plan on a post devoted to a pantry list of ingredients and spices to have on hand. Thanks!
On February 11, 2012 at 1:46 pm
Lovely picture! I love Kibbe in all the different forms. I will have to try these soon!
On February 11, 2012 at 11:44 am
Son una delicia y además muy sanos.
On February 11, 2012 at 1:05 pm
Un magnifique visuel pour ces petites ” coquilles ” de pommes de terre….qui doivent regorger de saveurs, bisous et passe un bon dimanche
On February 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm
Kibbeh! They look perfect…
Last week friend of mine made similar kibbeh balls, filled with minced meat,etc and fried.
We ate them with freshly squezed lemon juice and mashed garlic sauce.
Dear Joumana, I haven’t been in your home town, Beirut but before going there I’ d like to know where the photo was taken.
On February 11, 2012 at 3:05 pm
@Sare:The photo was taken in Beirut, on the Corniche waterfront.
On February 12, 2012 at 2:13 am
Culinaire Amoula says:
Oh la la superbe recette!! J’adore les recettes libanaises!! Bon week-end.
On February 11, 2012 at 3:38 pm
Belinda @zomppa says:
These shells are gorgeous! A perfect party favor. Could eat the whole plate.
On February 11, 2012 at 6:12 pm
There are a lot of goodies packed into these. The pomegranate seeds surprised and delighted me.
On February 11, 2012 at 7:23 pm
Don Odiorne says:
Wow, love this idea, had never seen it before. Thanks so much for sharing.
On February 11, 2012 at 8:17 pm
Waiting for you to upload the recipe…can’t wait to try these:-)!
On February 12, 2012 at 10:05 am
Kibbehbis a wonderful dish no matter what the filling is. Your kibbeh looks delightful.
On February 12, 2012 at 1:42 pm
quelle belle photo de cette baie et la montagne au fond ; jolie photo de ta recette avec la grenade qui donne du peps !!Biz de paris frigorifé !!pierre
On February 12, 2012 at 2:10 pm
This look like such delicious little bundles! I love how they are encased. Beautiful photo of the waterfront with the snow-covered mountains in the background!
On February 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm
Nuts about food says:
These are so pretty and I love the idea of all the fillings you can stuff into them
On February 13, 2012 at 6:22 am
Murasaki Shikibu says:
Sounds like a wonderful thing to nibble on.
On February 13, 2012 at 10:57 am
Magic of Spice says:
Oh I have no doubt these would be addiction, and they would indeed make perfect bites for entertaining 🙂
On February 14, 2012 at 3:18 pm
Hi from New Zealand. It’s recipes like this why yours is my favourite blog!
On February 14, 2012 at 6:06 pm
@malcolm: Thanks so much!
On February 15, 2012 at 12:45 am
I am smitten with these and your other kibbeh…just love the filling and how they are formed.
On February 22, 2012 at 5:17 am
I am going to try these they look so cool! thanks joumana 🙂
On February 4, 2013 at 8:25 pm
Hi Joumana, what else can I stuff these with? my sister in law is a vegan so I wouldnt mind other ideas if possible. Cheers
On February 4, 2013 at 8:28 pm
@Hazzi: these are vegan. The stuffing is onions, pumpkin or potato, pomegranates and raisins and oil.
On February 4, 2013 at 11:11 pm
jude jam says:
can i please have the recipe for this kibbeh? i would love to try it out.
and do you have the list of ingredients to have at hand made up already?
love the versatility of your recipes, the little stories and “simpleness” and pureness of the dishes. i have some lebanese friends here and i guess they come from a different region, because some of the dishes are unknown to them. i referred them to your blog and they were thrilled to read all you have to share.
On April 2, 2013 at 6:28 am
Was a recipe ever published for this beautiful-looking dish?
On June 16, 2014 at 8:03 am