It’s one of the most popular Lebanese vegetarian dishes during lent. A versatile dish, with open ended versions, associated to each village customs.
Basically it’s mashed potato with bulgur (cracked wheat) and the additions or the presentation are various. My version calls for:
- 500g potato boiled and mashed
- 2 tbsp bulgur (cracked wheat)
- 1 tbsp dried mint
- a handful chopped walnut plus 4-5 whole walnuts for garnish
- 2 big onion cut a la julienne
- 5 tbsp olive oil divided
- salt to taste
Fry the onion in 2 tbsp olive oil until golden brown and set aside.
Boil the potato in salty water, drain and mash. While still hot add the bulgur and mix well. Then add the dried mint and salt and combine. Fold in 3 tbsp olive oil and finally add the chopped walnut.
Spread the potato dough in a plate or shape it as balls or cylinder. Sprinkle the fried onions on top and garnish with whole walnut.
Most of vegetarian dishes (side dish or mezza) are eaten with lebanese bread. You can serve it with vegetables (tomato, cucumber, radish, mint…) and olives. But if you want to have a complete filling meal, present this kibbet potato with the famous adas bhamoud soup, they really pair well.
It’s a delicious and wholesome dish, we also make it at home at least twice a month even when it’s not lent, and none of us is vegetarian 🙂 I pair it also with hard boiled eggs.