Potato kibbeh (Kibbeh heeleh)

February 11, 2012  •  Category:


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.


28 Comments  •  Comments Feed

  1. 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.

    • Joumana says:

      @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.

  2. 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.

    • Joumana says:

      @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!

  3. Sarah says:

    Lovely picture! I love Kibbe in all the different forms. I will have to try these soon!

  4. jantonio says:

    Son una delicia y además muy sanos.
    Un saludo.

  5. domi says:

    Un magnifique visuel pour ces petites ” coquilles ” de pommes de terre….qui doivent regorger de saveurs, bisous et passe un bon dimanche

  6. sare says:

    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.

  7. Culinaire Amoula says:

    Oh la la superbe recette!! J’adore les recettes libanaises!! Bon week-end.

  8. Belinda @zomppa says:

    These shells are gorgeous! A perfect party favor. Could eat the whole plate.

  9. Claudia says:

    There are a lot of goodies packed into these. The pomegranate seeds surprised and delighted me.

  10. Don Odiorne says:

    Wow, love this idea, had never seen it before. Thanks so much for sharing.

  11. hyma says:

    Waiting for you to upload the recipe…can’t wait to try these:-)!

  12. Cherine says:

    Kibbehbis a wonderful dish no matter what the filling is. Your kibbeh looks delightful.

  13. pierre says:

    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

  14. Susan says:

    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!

  15. Nuts about food says:

    These are so pretty and I love the idea of all the fillings you can stuff into them

  16. Murasaki Shikibu says:

    Sounds like a wonderful thing to nibble on.

  17. Magic of Spice says:

    Oh I have no doubt these would be addiction, and they would indeed make perfect bites for entertaining 🙂

  18. Malcolm says:

    Hi from New Zealand. It’s recipes like this why yours is my favourite blog!

  19. Peter says:

    I am smitten with these and your other kibbeh…just love the filling and how they are formed.

  20. hazzi says:

    I am going to try these they look so cool! thanks joumana 🙂

  21. hazzi says:

    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

  22. 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.

  23. Mylene says:

    Was a recipe ever published for this beautiful-looking dish?

Add a Comment