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Authentic Recipe of Kubbat Halab. Delicious Iraqi Traditional Rice Balls.

Authentic Iraqi Kubbat Halab is a yummy, crunchy meat-stuffed rice ball, cooked with aromatic Arabic spices. It is a popular appetizer or side dish.

Things to know about Kubbat Halab Recipe

Kubbat Halab is a traditional Iraqi delicacy. It is cooked at festivals mostly. Iraqi make these rice stuffing differently from all other Arab countries. The recipe has its origin in medieval times.

When it was cooked with many complex techniques, the recipe that is famous today is simple but full of flavors. Arabic spice mix, consisting of many regional spices, gives the stuffing an aromatic but authentic Iraqi Arabic taste.

One rice ball is called kubbi or kubba in Arabic. You can serve fresh hot kubba with lots of yogurt and mango pickles as an authentic Iraqi appetizer.

Delicious Iraqi Traditional Rice Balls. Authentic Recipe of Kubbat Halab.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: حلب كبّة
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


Servings 12 Pieces
Calories / Serving 575 kcal



  • 3 cups Rice
  • 2 pcs Egg
  • 10 cups Water
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  • 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 250 grams (8.82 oz) Ground (Minced) Beef or lamb
  • ½ cup Onion Chopped
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Arabic Spice – Bahar
  • ¼ cup Pine Nut
  • 2 cups Vegetable Oil For frying



  • Boil rice in water.
  • When the rice is soft and mushy drain the water and let it cool down.
  • Then mix half of the eggs and rice in a food processor.
  • Process until it becomes a soft dough.
  • If it is not smooth, add the other half of the eggs and set it aside.


  • Heat the oil in the pan, add ground meat and cook for 5 -7 minutes.
  • Then add onion, salt, and spice mix.
  • Cook it until onions are soft and transparent.
  • Then add pine nuts, cook for 1 minute, and set aside.

Forming kubbat

  • Keep some oil in a small bowl aside.
  • Take a scoop of the rice mixture, about the size of a small egg.
  • Wet your fingers with vegetable oil and roll the mixture with your fingers. Mold it into a football shape with space inside.
  • Then add a teaspoon of filling and seal it.
  • Heat oil in a small pan enough to fry 4-5 kubbat at a time.
  • Fry for about 3 minutes, remove and keep on a paper towel.
  • Serve them with pickles.

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:

Religious Cooking Halal Recipes, Kosher Recipes


Calories: 575kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 7gFat: 44gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 23gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 220mgPotassium: 136mgFiber: 1gSugar: 0.4gVitamin A: 2IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Kubbat Halab Recipe, Traditional Iraqi Rice Balls, حلب كبّة
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Cooking tip for making Kubbat Halab

If your rice mixture is thin add some cornflour.

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What to serve with Kubbat Halab?

Serve with pickles or salad.

Variations of Kubbat Halab

You can use chicken or turkey instead of red meat.

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