Kubbeh Hamusta


Dive into the unique flavors of Kubbeh Hamusta, an exquisite Kurdish and Iraqi dish, known for its tantalizing tartness and comforting warmth. These dumplings, swathed in a sour broth, blend the earthy taste of bulgur and meat with the zesty kick of lemon and greens, offering a perfect symphony of flavors. Ideal for those seeking a dish that's both nourishing and full of character.

Kubbeh Hamusta

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 45 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: Makes about 20 dumplings
  • Serving Size: 1 dumpling

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 120 kcal
  • Protein: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Fat: 4g
  • Sodium: 150mg
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugars: 1g


For the Dumplings

  • Fine bulgur: 300g (0.66 lbs / 10.6 oz)
  • Lean ground beef: 200g (0.44 lbs / 7 oz)
  • Onion, finely chopped: 100g (0.22 lbs / 3.5 oz)
  • Salt: 5g (0.01 lbs / 0.17 oz)
  • Ground black pepper: 2g (0.004 lbs / 0.07 oz)

For the Broth

  • Swiss chard, chopped: 400g (0.88 lbs / 14 oz)
  • Lemon juice: 60ml (2 oz)
  • Chicken broth: 1.5 liters (50.7 oz)
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 15g (0.03 lbs / 0.5 oz)
  • Ground sumac: 10g (0.02 lbs / 0.35 oz)
  • Salt: 5g (0.01 lbs / 0.17 oz)

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Prepare Bulgur Mixture: Soak bulgur in warm water for 15 minutes. Drain and mix with ground beef, onion, salt, and pepper.
  2. Form Dumplings: Take a small amount of the bulgur mixture, flatten it, and fill with a teaspoon of ground beef. Close and shape into an oval.
  3. Cook Broth: In a large pot, bring chicken broth to a boil. Add Swiss chard, lemon juice, garlic, sumac, and salt.
  4. Cook Dumplings: Gently place dumplings in the boiling broth. Reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes.
  5. Serve: Ladle the broth and dumplings into bowls.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Consistency of Bulgur: Ensure the bulgur is moist but not too wet for shaping.
  • Lemon Juice: Adjust the amount of lemon juice to your preference of tartness.
  • Sumac Substitute: If sumac is unavailable, use a little extra lemon juice.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make these dumplings vegetarian? 

Yes, replace ground beef with a mixture of cooked lentils and finely chopped mushrooms.

How do I store leftovers? 

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Can I freeze Kubbeh Hamusta? 

Yes, freeze the dumplings separately from the broth. Reheat gently.