Lebanese potato stew with meatballs

Lebanese potato stew with meatballs

A good stew can save the whole day, don’t you think? When I think of dishes that immediately pull me back up, warm me and make me feel good, it’s usually stews. A good example is the Lebanese bean stew Fasolia or this delicious potato stew with small Kafta meatballs.

A stew for the whole family

Good home cooking is often not expensive, is made relatively quickly and makes the whole family happy. And especially in my family, with their disdainful (absolute philistines!) of healthy food, this potato stew is still very popular. But that’s no wonder: Nobody can resist potatoes and meatballs in a super tasty tomato sauce, can they? Well, if you don’t eat meat, you can of course leave out the meatballs and increase the amount of potatoes – or use vegan meat for the stew. Tastes just as good 😉

Serve a good portion of steaming buttered rice with the potato stew. Wait a minute! Carbs served with carbs? Oh, yeah! This is absolutely delicious and will fill you up. Usually, you even have some flat bread to go with it… No kidding!

Perfect for the next day too

The really nice thing about stews is that you can also eat them perfectly the next day. Often they taste even better than on the first day. So the potato stew is also super suitable to take a soul warmer for work and enjoy real home cooking. So just prepare potato stew and rice in the evening and take it with you the next day. Then even the most annoying meeting can’t hurt you anymore, if your heart is with your family.

Recipe for Lebanese potato stew with meatballs

Lebanese potato stew with meatballs

Lebanese potato stew with meatballs

A classic of Lebanese cuisine.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people


  • 600 g Potatoes
  • 500 g Kafta raw, according to this recipe
  • 5 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 500 g Tomato pulp
  • 300 ml Water
  • 2 tbsp Tomato paste
  • 50 g Cilantro
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • salt, pepper
  • 1 x Buttered rice according to this recipe


  • Make kafta mass according to the recipe and shape into small meatballs. Do not cook Kafta yet!
  • Peel the potatoes and cut into bite-sized pieces.
  • Coarsely chop the cilantro including the stalk.
  • Peel the garlic and crush well in a mortar with a little salt.
  • Heat olive oil in a pot and roast the raw potatoes in it for about 2 – 3 minutes while stirring. Add the tomato paste and fry for another 2 minutes.
  • Add tomato pulp, water, cinnamon and bay leaves, stir and bring to the boil. Let everything simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Add the cilantro, crushed garlic and the kafta balls and stir gently. With the lid closed, simmer on medium heat for about 20 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Prepare buttered rice according to recipe and serve with potato stew.
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