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Kabab Hindi

كباب هندي

Kabab Hindi, or Indian Kabab, is an Arab version of meatballs. This dish is more commonly known in the Levant countries, so I'm not really sure why it's called Indian Kabab. 


This is my favorite meatball dish to make because you can make it ahead of time, and heat it when you're ready to serve it. It's usually served with white rice with vermicelli, or warm pita bread.  


The meatballs are made of ground beef, parsley, onion, cinnamon, dried mint , salt, and black pepper, then fried until brown in color. The flavors in this dish are amazing. The combination of meatballs, potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers and onions is out of this world. What's wonderful about this dish is that all these flavors are combined in a tomato sauce. 

Feel free to omit any of the vegetables, or add any of your favorites! I've also seen a variety of recipes for this dish that use ground lamb instead of beef. 

Either way, I'm sure you'll instantly fall in love with this dish. 


Kabab Hindi

كباب هندي 

Servings: 4 servings 

Prep Time: 30 minutes 

Cook Time: 40 minutes 


Meatball Mixture:

1 pound ground beef 

1/4 cup onion, thinly diced 

1/2 a bunch of parsley, finely chopped 

1 teaspoon salt 

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 

1/2 teaspoon dried mint 

1/4 teaspoon black pepper 


2 medium potatoes, cubed into 1/2 inch pieces 

2 tomatoes, cut into 1/2 inch pieces 

1 green bell pepper, cut into 1/2 inch pieces 

1/4 of a medium onion, sliced 

Tomato Sauce: 

4 cups hot water 

4 tablespoons tomato paste 

1 teaspoon salt 

1/4 teaspoon black pepper 


1) In a large bowl, combine all of the meatball mixture ingredients and mix until well combined. Roll the meat into 24 meatballs and set aside. 

2) In a frying pan, add cooking oil - about 2 inches of oil. Heat on medium-high heat to 350*F. 

3) Deep fry the potatoes in batches until golden in color. Remove from heat and drain excess oil. Let cool completely. 

4) In the same frying pan, deep fry the meatballs in batches until brown in color. Remove from heat and drain excess oil.

5) In a pot, or a dutch oven, combine the cooked meatballs, potatoes, tomatoes, bell pepper, and onion. 

6) In a large measuring cup, combine hot water, tomato paste, salt and black pepper and mix until combined. Pour over the kabab hindi. 

7) Cook on medium heat for 10 minutes.

8) Serve with rice or pita bread. Enjoy! 


- I find that it's much easier to combine the meat mixture in a food processor. It saves you time and you can avoid chopping the onions and parsley. 

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