Dawood Basha Meatballs In Tomato Sauce


Let’s travel to the Middle East and Enjoy one of the most famous dishes, known as Dawood Basha. There are many different stories on where exactly this dish is from and why was it named Dawood Basha, but let’s not go there!


Dawood Basha in simple words is spiced meatballs in tomato sauce. This dish is served with rice, but you can have it with bread, I even think pasta will go really well with it.


Back to the recipe for Dawood Basha:


Dawood Basha Meatballs In Tomato Sauce
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Course: Main
Servings: 3
Author: Muna Kenny
  • **For the meatballs:
  • 400 gm ground beef
  • 1 onion minced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ +1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon coriander leaves chopped
  • For frying the meatballs:
  • ¼ cup oil
  • **For the sauce:
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 1 onion chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped bell pepper
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 2 potatoes cut into quarters
  • 3 cups hot water
  1. **For the meatballs:
  2. In a bowl, Add all the meatball ingredients and mix well. Shape into medium size balls and keep aside for 2 minutes.
  3. In a pan, heat ¼ cup oil, when hot add the meatballs and fry until brown on all sides. Take out the meatballs from the oil, cover, and keep aside.
  4. **For the sauce:
  5. In the same pan, you’ve fried the meatballs in and to the remaining oil, Add the chopped onion, and tomatoes. Cook for 5 minutes on medium heat.
  6. Add the rest of ingredients except the water, and cook for two minutes on medium heat.
  7. Add the water and let it come to a boil. Now add the meatballs and cook on low heat for 7 to 10 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked.
  8. When serving you can add pine nuts to garnish.


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