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Meatball Stew (Ras Asfour)

Mini-meatballs simmered in a tomato stew, with peas, and cubed potatoes.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Assyrian, Middle Eastern
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 272kcal



  • 1/2 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion (minced)
  • ¼ cup Italian parsley (chopped)
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • ½ tsp. allspice
  • ½ tsp. curry powder


  • 1 T. vegetable oil
  • 1 large potato (cubed)
  • 3 cups hot water
  • 3 oz tomato paste (1/2 a can)
  • 1 tomato (chopped)
  • ¼ cup Italian parsley (chopped)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 T. lemon juice



  • To make the meatballs, add ground beef to a bowl followed by minced onions, chopped parsley, salt, black pepper, allspice, and curry.
  • Using your hands, work the ingredients together until fully blended.
  • Pinch off small pieces of meat (approximately the size of a bird’s head) and roll between your palms to shape. Repeat with the remaining meat mixture until it’s used up.


  • Heat oil in a medium-sized pot and fry the meatballs.
  • After a few minutes, add cubed potatoes. Fry for up to five minutes or until browned.
  • Heat 3 cups of water in a large cup. Add tomato paste and stir until dissolved. Add chopped tomato, parsley, salt, and lemon juice. Stir to combine.
  • Pour the tomatoey liquid over the meatballs and potatoes, followed by the frozen peas.
  • Bring to a boil, then simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prepare plain white rice or vermicelli rice.
  • Serve stew accompanied by rice and pickled sunchokes (optional). Or serve with pita bread.


  • For a thicker stew, add an additional tablespoon of tomato paste.
  • If you like spicy food, add 1/4 tsp. of cayenne pepper to the stew prior to simmering it.
  • A few cloves of garlic added to the stew prior to simmering it would be a great addition.
  • When making the meatballs, some of the onion inevitably falls out. Instead of tossing it, add it to the stew for more flavor.
  • For an even healthier version, use ground turkey instead of beef.


Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 1063mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g