Sour meatballs کوفته ترش

Meatballs are popular and known in most of countries. Different cities in Iran have their own version of meatballs. They might be giant or tiny, they might be savoury , or sour. Main ingredient in all meatballs is ground meat along with different ingridents such as herbs, and spices. These meatballs are combination of ground meat with rice, lemon juice, cumin and herbs.


250g ground beef or lamb

1 cup cooked rice

Small bunch of fresh parsley, finely chopped

2 lemons juice

1 egg

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tbsp flour

Salt and chilli pepper to taste



In a bowl with cooked rice, add half of chopped parsley, meat, half of cumin, salt and chilli pepper. Mix ingredients together. Add an egg and mix well. Roll the meat into balls. Fry meat balls in hot oil until golden brown.

Squeeze the lemons to collect juice. Add rest of spices , chopped parsley, 1 tbsp of flour and 1 cup of water to the lemon juice. Give the sauce a good whisk. Pour it into the meatballs pan and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve the meatballs with flat bread and crispy fried potatoes.

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