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kebab hindi with lamb meatballs and saffron rice
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5 from 13 votes

Kebab Hindi: Syrian Lamb Meatballs, Vegetables, and Saffron Rice

Kebab Hindi is an authentic Syrian family dinner enjoyed for centuries by Middle Eastern families! Mini lamb meatballs are cooked in a sweet tomato sauce with carrots and potatoes, then served over yellow Saffron rice.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: family friendly dinner, international recipes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 404kcal
Author: Kristina


  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • pinch of saffron (optional for color)
  • 1 ½ cups diced carrots
  • 1 ½ cups peeled and diced potatoes

For the Sauce

  • 1 can tomato sauce (29 ounces)
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoon pomegranate molasses
  • ½ lemon, squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the Meatballs

  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • 1 teaspoon all spice
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Cook the rice according to the package, adding a pinch of saffron to the boiling water for color.
  • Bring the tomato sauce, water, pomegranate molasses, lemon juice, and salt to a simmer. Add the carrots and potatoes. Simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • While the sauce simmers, combine meatball ingredients and roll into mini meatballs. Add water generously so that meatballs are not sticky.
  • Add meatballs to the sauce and simmer for 25 minutes. Shake pot gently occasionally so meatballs and vegetables do not stick to the bottom.
  • Remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes. Serve meatballs, vegetables, and sauce over rice.


Serving: 12oz | Calories: 404kcal