Moroccan Meatballs

As much as I like to travel, I know I can’t fly to every place I want. My kitchen is my lab and at times I look at it as an airport, from where I travel using my stove, food, and recipes.

Every time I discover a new recipe from a different country, I get amazed by how people can be creative and how different ingredients cooked in different ways, bring in variety of flavors, just like this meatball dish.

I’ve never been to Morocco, but through my kitchen I bring it to my house or a bit of it, and share the goodness with my family and friends.

What I have today is a very simple dish, very few ingredients, and require short time to prepare. Yet I promise that you’d love to cook it again and again.


Moroccan Meatballs

Recipe Type: Main Meal
Cuisine: Moroccan
Serves: 3
  • For the meatballs
  • 400gm (14oz) minced beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley (don’t like it? Discard it)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil to fry the meat balls
  • For the sauce
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 medium tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 cup hot water
Making the meatballs:
  1. Mix all the ingredients except olive oil.
  2. Form equal size balls.
  3. Fry the balls in olive oil. It will take around 12 minutes or depending on the size of the meatballs.
  4. Cover the meat balls, and keep aside.
Making the sauce:
  1. In a pan, add olives and onion. Sauté onion until translucent.
  2. Add the tomatoes and stir on medium heat until tomatoes soften.
  3. Add rest of the ingredients and stir for 2 minutes.
  4. Add 1/2 cup of hot water and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the meat balls with it’s juices, to the sauce, and let it cook for 3 minutes.
  6. Break the eggs carefully in the sauce, cover the pan and let it cook on medium heat for 6 minutes.
  7. To garnish you can sprinkle chopped parsley.



12 Comments on Moroccan Meatballs

  1. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    11/11/2012 at 4:37 pm (2 years ago)

    I haven’t been to Morocco either but I’d love to go. My sister went last year and highly recommends a visit. I have several recipes for Moroccan dishes and now I’ve got another one! I love meatballs and can’t wait to give this a try.

    • munatycooking
      11/11/2012 at 7:25 pm (2 years ago)

      I have many Moroccan recipes to try, the best part in their cooking is that it’s very simple to make :)

  2. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    14/11/2012 at 4:52 am (2 years ago)

    I’m making breakfast for dinner today (hubby no dinner, yay!), but now I kind of regret eating light breakfast… :D I loooove how these meatballs look! I’m still new to Moroccan recipes (I had never eaten out either). Looks absolutely scrumptious!!

    • munatycooking
      14/11/2012 at 6:28 am (2 years ago)

      You should try it Nami, Moroccan food is very tasty ;)

  3. foodwanderings
    15/11/2012 at 7:15 am (2 years ago)

    Moroccan cuisine is one of my favorites. Love these meatballs and poached eggs. It absolutely looks delicious!

    • munatycooking
      15/11/2012 at 8:31 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks girl :)

    • munatycooking
      15/11/2012 at 8:01 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Angie :)

  4. torviewtoronto
    17/11/2012 at 5:58 am (2 years ago)

    lovely flavourful combination looks wonderful

    • munatycooking
      17/11/2012 at 6:50 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks dear, it tastes great too, hope you try it!

  5. Sandra
    30/11/2012 at 1:54 am (2 years ago)

    The looks absolutely delicious, a must try for me, Muna! Thank you…

    • munatycooking
      30/11/2012 at 7:37 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Sandra, the meatballs are very juicy and full of flavor, I’m sure you’ll like it :)


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