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It’s the time of the year when everyone is rushing to purchase pumpkins for carving, home decoration or just to feel part of the Halloween Season! At least this is the case in the United States. You can either choose to buy orange or white pumpkins (لَقطين). Some shops even carry some weird looking pumpkins. So apart from using the pumpkins for decorative purposes, many individuals purchase pumpkins for preparing tasty pie or bread. In many countries in the Arab World, individuals purchase pumpkins and prepare a vegetarian form of Kibbe (كِبّة). In many Arab countries, like Lebanon, pumpkin kibbe is called lying kibbe (كبّة كذّابة) ; it looks like meat kibbe, but without the meat! It is traditionally popular during fasting days. It is basically made of pumpkin, bulgur and stuffed with chard, onions and walnuts.
Here’s the recipe my wife and I will use to cook our pumpkin kibbe. We have kindly borrowed this recipe from the website Taste of Beirut. I have also added a YouTube video with subtitles.
Ingredients (8 servings):
– 2 cups of fine bulgur (برغُل ناعم)
– 4 cups of cooked pumpkin (لقطين مَطبوخ)
– 1 medium white onion (بصل)
– 1 cup of fresh breadcrumbs or bits of pita bread (خبز)soaked in pumpkin water and squeezed dry
– Spices: Salt (ملح), to taste; 1 1/2 tbsp of dried mint (نعنع ناشف) ; 1/2 tsp of white pepper (بهار أبيض); 1/4 tsp of ground cinnamon(قرفة) . (Feel free to adjust the spices according to your taste).
– Filling: 1 cup of chopped walnuts(جوز مَطحون)
– 4 cups of shredded Swiss chard (or other green) (سِلِق)
– 2 large onions (بصل)
– 2 tbsp of sumac (سُمَّاق)
– 3 tbsp of lemon (حامض) juice
– Salt, to taste (ملح)
– Olive oil (زيت زيتون)as needed
– Vegetable oil (زيت نباتيّ)for frying
These kibbe can be boiled in salted boiling water for a few minutes; drain and coat in a dressing of mashed garlic lemon juice and olive oil.
For now, I encourage you to try out this recipe! As we say Sahtein! (صَحتين)
Watch out for my upcoming Halloween post in a couple of days!!