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Try this delicious traditional turkish food recipe rice meatball
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean, Turkish
Servings 4 people


  • 500 gr. 18 oz. / 1.1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 big onion finely choped
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. ground red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 tbsp. parsley finely chopped
  • 5 tbsp. baldo rice
  • 3 tbsp. vegetable oil

For the coating:

  • 2 egg
  • Breadcrumbs or flour


  • Wash your 5 tbsp. baldo rice and boil it in half cup of water.
  • Heat your 3 tbsp. vegetable oil in a pan. Add half of your 500 gr. (18 oz. / 1.1 lb.) ground beef meaning 250 gr. (9 oz.) in the pan and sauté for about 5 minutes.
  • When your ground beef starts to change its colour, add your finely chopped onion and sauté about 10 minutes more.
  • Put your boiled rice and sautéed ground beef in a medium bowl and let it cool for a while.
  • When it’s cooled, add your remaining 250 gr. (9 oz.) uncooked ground beef, 1/2 tsp. black pepper, 1/2 tsp. ground red pepper, 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes, 1/2 tsp. ground cumin, 1 tsp. salt, 4 tbsp. finely chopped parsley in the bowl and knead for about 5-6 minutes.
  • Shape your meatballs in palm sizes, cover them with a plastic wrap and let it rest in your fridge for about 30 minutes.
  • Heat some oil to fry your rice meatballs. Dip your meatballs first in breadcrumbs (or flour) and then in eggs. Fry your meatballs in hot oil for about 5-6 minutes until golden.
Keyword Rice Meatball