A middle eastern meatballs stew made of spiced meatballs, potato cubes and peas simmered in a delicious tomato sauce. It's a comfort dish that is packed with flavour, and typically served with some vermicelli rice. So good!
1tablespoon onion powder(or use half an onion, grated)
2teaspoonsseven spice(or replace with allspice)
For the rest of the ingredients:
800gramspotatoesroughly 3 medium ones
2cupsfrozen green peas
1teaspoonseven spice(or use allspice)
1.5cupsvegetable brothor chicken broth, or water
For the Meatballs:
Mix together the ground meat, all the spices, pomegranate molasses, and parsley really well using your hands
Shape into medium sized meatballs, ensuring they are all roughly the same size
In a deep large skillet with a lid, add the vegetable oil and sear the meatballs on all sides on medium heat. Each side should take about 30 seconds to get nicely browned. The meatballs don't need to cook through. Remove them and set aside.
For the Stew:
Prepare the vegetables by finely chopping the onions, crushing the garlic, and dicing the potatoes into small cubes (don't make them too big or they will need longer to cook)
In the same skillet that the meatballs were seared in, add the vegetable oil, the onions and the salt and cook for a few minutes on medium heat until translucent
Add the cubes of potato and continue to cook on medium heat until they start to brown slightly (this builds up flavour). This should take about 10 minutes.
Add the crushed garlic, tomato paste, seven spice and black pepper and cook for another few minutes until garlic is fragrant
Add the vegetable broth, the pomegranate molasses, and the frozen peas and mix well
Add the meatballs back into the skillet, cover and allow the stew to simmer for 25 minutes until potatoes are soft
Taste and adjust the final dish. I typically add in a pinch of sugar if I find it too tarte, as well as balance the salt if needed. Serve with rice and enjoy!
I typically use onion powder in the meatballs mixture to save time and it works great! But if you want to use fresh onions, be sure to grate it and add it in
If you don't have seven spice, you can replace it with allspice (the allspice berry which is available at most grocery stores)
You can add in other vegetables if you like, such as spinach, carrots, or mushrooms
You can also make this without the potatoes and peas, with just the meatballs. Although I think the potatoes and peas add so much flavour