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16 April, 2013

Shorbit el Ema

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ema-soupShorbit el Ema – Lebanese Rice and Noodle Soup with Kafta Meatballs

This comfort soup is delicious , easy to prepare and kids love it!

Preparation Time: 15 min

Cooking Time: 30 min

Number of servings: 6


For the kafta meatballs

  • 1/2 Kg of fresh ground beef or lamb (or half and half).
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 1/2 cup of fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon of allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • vegetable oil for frying

For the soup

  • 1/2 cup of rice, rinsed.
  • 1/2 cup of soup noodles (or Vermicelli)
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste, dissolved in 1/2 cup of  water or one cup of canned crushed tomatoes.( You can use fresh too).
  • water


For the meatballs

Mix all the ingredients together, except the vegetable oil. Knead well. Process this mixture called Kafta, in a food processor until well combined.

Shape the kafta into small sized meatballs.

For the soup

In a deep skillet, heat vegetable oil and fry the kafta balls until they start turning brown. Reserve.

In a saucepan, bring to a boil 1 liter of water. Add in the fried kafta meatballs, tomato paste (or crushed tomatoes), and rice. Cook until the rice is done, Add the noodles and cook until they are al dente. Salt to taste.

Serve hot.





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