Kubba Hamouth (Meat Dumpling Soup)

Kubba Hamouth (Meat Dumpling Soup)

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Kubba Hamouth is one of my favorite Assyrian soups. Mom cooked it at least a couple of times each month. That unmistakable aroma emanating from the kitchen always brightened my day. Kubba comes in various shapes and sizes and is prepared in many different ways. Before we get to the recipe, let’s take a look at some of these variations.

meat dumpling soup

Kubba’t Mosul

Kubba’t Mosul originated in Mosul, Iraq. It is a plate-sized, meat-filled disc. They are usually bought frozen. Once ready to eat, they are boiled, then cut into wedges. Besides having the traditional ground lamb, onion, and spices inside, raisins and pine nuts are sometimes added. I have fond memories of my mom’s best friend, Lucy, bringing us her delicious kubba. Although my mom was known for her amazing cooking skills, she didn’t know how to make kubba’t Mosul. I always looked forward to Lucy’s visits. Not just for the kubba, either. I loved hearing them reminisce about the mischief they got in to as children in Iraq.

kubba mosul

Kibbi

Kibbi is the national dish of Lebanon. Sometimes kibbi is served raw, which is known as “kibbi nayeh.” The word “Nayeh” means “raw”, not only in Lebanese but also in Assyrian.

I’ve never tried kibbi nayeh because I’ve never been a fan of raw meat. Besides making the familiar football-shaped kibbi, Lebanese kibbi is also prepared in a pan. This type of kibbi is cooked in the oven and cut into diamond-shaped servings.

Kubba Halab

And if that wasn’t enough variety for you, there is yet another kind of kubba called “Kubba Halab.” “Halab” is the Syrian name for “Allepo”, one of the governorates of Syria.

This kubba is also football-shaped, but the shell is made with a mixture of rice and potatoes. This deep-fried kubba has a distinct yellow color, which is a result of the addition of turmeric. I love the crunchy shell, but because it’s deep-fried, I don’t make Kubba Halab too often.

Kubba Hamouth

The name “Kubba hamouth” means “dumplings in a sour soup.”  While this recipe uses rice flour, there is another nearly identical soup that Assyrians cook called “kubba’t pirda.” That translates to: “kubba made with bulgur” (instead of rice flour). The rest of the ingredients of the two soups are identical.

kubba hamuth soup in a blue willow bowl

Hopefully, you are now familiar with the various types of kubba prepared in the Middle East. Now, let’s get back to the one we’re making today, kubba hamouth.

How to Make Kubba Hamouth

Kubba Hamouth Filling

  • Heat one teaspoon of oil in a medium-sized pan and brown the ground beef and onions.
  • Mix in parsley, paprika, black pepper, allspice, and salt. Set aside to cool.

Kubba Hamouth Shell

  • Add the first three shell ingredients in a medium-sized bowl, and mix by hand.
  • Gradually add water, until the dough comes together. Knead the dough until pliable, then set aside.

Kubba Hamouth Soup

  • Add one tablespoon of oil to a six-quart Dutch oven. Fry the onion until transparent. Add the paprika and stir until fragrant.
  • Pour 6 cups of boiling water into the Dutch oven. Add the remaining stew ingredients and stir until the tomato paste is dissolved. Turn the heat down to low, then simmer.

Assembly

  • Take a walnut-sized piece of dough and roll into a ball. Stick your thumb into the center of the dough and form a deep bowl. Fill with a full teaspoon of the cooled filling.
  • Fold the dough over the filling to seal. Wet your hands if necessary, as you roll the kubba/dumpling between your palms. The end result should have the shape of a football, 2″- 3″ in length.
  • Repeat until you use up the shell and filling mixture.
  • Gently add the kubba/dumplings to the soup. Carefully stir to keep the dumplings from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Add two to four kubba to each bowl. Ladle soup over the kubba and enjoy! Because this soup is quite filling, it’s usually served as a main dish.

You may also enjoy the following soup recipes: Lentil Soup (Aadas)Meatball Soup (Chipteh), Creamy Yogurt Soup (Booshala).

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kubba hamouth dumpling soup
Kubba Hamouth (Meat Dumpling Soup)
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
1 hr 35 mins
 

Assyrian meat-filled dumplings in a rich tomato-based soup.

Course: Main Dish, Soup
Cuisine: Assyrian, Middle Eastern
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 326 kcal
Ingredients
Filling
  • 1 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 1/4 cups parsley diced
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
Shell
  • 1-1/2 cups rice flour
  • 1/4 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup water
Soup
  • 1 T. vegetable oil
  • 1/2 medium onion (diced)
  • 1 T. paprika
  • 6 cups water (boiling)
  • 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1-1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. citric acid
  • 2 T. dried mint
  • 2 T. rice flour (mixed with 1/2 cup water)
Instructions
  1. Filling: Heat one teaspoon of oil in a medium-sized pan and brown the ground beef and onions.
  2. Mix in parsley, paprika, black pepper, allspice, and salt. Set aside to cool.
  3. Shell: Add the first three shell ingredients in a medium-sized bowl, and mix by hand.
  4. Gradually add water, until the dough comes together. Knead the dough until pliable, then set aside.
  5. Soup: Add one tablespoon of oil to a six-quart Dutch oven. Fry the onion until transparent. Add the paprika and stir until fragrant.
  6. Pour 7 cups of boiling water into the Dutch oven. Add the remaining stew ingredients and stir until the tomato paste is dissolved. Turn the heat down to low, then simmer.
  7. Assembly: Take a walnut-sized piece of dough and roll into a ball. Stick your thumb into the center of the dough and form a deep bowl. Fill with a full teaspoon of the cooled filling.
  8. Fold the dough over the filling to seal. Wet your hands if necessary, as you roll the kubba/dumpling between your palms. The end result should have the shape of a football, 2″- 3″ in length.
  9. Repeat until you use up the shell and filling mixture. If you have leftover filling, just add it to the soup. It just makes the soup a little heartier, and who doesn’t like that?
  10. Gently add the kubba/dumplings to the soup. Carefully stir to keep the dumplings from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  11. Add two to four kubba to each bowl. Ladle soup over the kubba and enjoy! Because this soup is quite filling, it’s usually served as a main dish.
Nutrition Facts
Kubba Hamouth (Meat Dumpling Soup)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 326 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 38mg13%
Sodium 639mg28%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 16g32%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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2 thoughts on “Kubba Hamouth (Meat Dumpling Soup)”

  • I need some help! I’m looking for a recipe for a soup that is from Israel or Egypt and he says it’s an Arabic soup & the name is something like “Fauls” or “ Fouls” or maybe “Fools.” Have you ever heard of it & if you can could you give me a recipe?? I’ve been searching for hours but I’ve turned up nothing. Thank you for your time, I truly appreciate it.
    Marci Olin

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