Iranian Sweet and Sour Meatballs Hodu Kabab

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“Sweetly spiced lamb with lentils, eggs, prunes, raisins and a touch of almonds in a sweet and sour sauce.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large saucepan, combine lamb, water, lentils, 1/2 teaspoon salt, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon and saffron. Simmer 1 hour or until lamb and lentils are tender. Drain, RESERVING cooking liquid.
  2. In blender, process cooked lamb mixture until minced. In a large bowl, combined minced lamb mixture, hard cooked eggs, prunes, raisin, whole egg and almonds. Shape mixture into balls. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add meatballs; cook until browned.
  3. FOR THE SAUCE: Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Add onions; sauté until transparent. Stir in stock or broth, vinegar, lemon juice, sugar and 1 cup reserved cooking liquid. Boil until slightly reduced. Season with salt. Add cooked meatballs; simmer in sauce 5 minutes. Spoon into a shallow serving bowl. Makes 4 servings.
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