Kubba Mosul: A Taste of Mosul's Culinary Treasures


Prepare to be enchanted by the flavors of Mosul with this delectable Kubba Mosul, a traditional Iraqi dish that showcases the region's rich culinary heritage. These succulent meat and rice-filled dumplings, simmered in a tantalizing tomato broth, are sure to captivate your senses with every bite.

Kubba Mosul: A Taste of Mosul's Culinary Treasures

Preparation Details

  • Preparation Time: 1 hour
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 2 hours

Number of Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6
  • Serving Size: 4-5 dumplings

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 380
  • Total Fat: 18g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 80mg
  • Sodium: 680mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 32g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 22g


  • For the Dumplings:
    • 1 lb (450g) ground lamb or beef
    • 1 cup (200g) long-grain rice, rinsed
    • 1 onion, finely chopped
    • 2 tablespoons (30ml) olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon (5ml) ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon (5ml) ground allspice
    • 1 teaspoon (5ml) salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5ml) black pepper
  • For the Broth:
    • 6 cups (1.4 liters) chicken or vegetable broth
    • 1 cup (240ml) tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes
    • 2 tablespoons (30ml) lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon (5ml) ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon (5ml) paprika
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
    • Chopped parsley, for garnish

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Make the filling: In a skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Sauté the chopped onion until translucent, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the ground meat, cooked onions, rice, cinnamon, allspice, salt, and black pepper. Mix well until thoroughly combined.
  3. Form the dumplings: Take a small portion of the meat mixture (about 2-3 tablespoons) and shape it into an oval or football-shaped dumpling. Repeat with the remaining mixture.
  4. Prepare the broth: In a large pot, combine the broth, tomato sauce (or crushed tomatoes), lemon juice, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.
  5. Cook the dumplings: Gently add the shaped dumplings to the simmering broth, being careful not to overcrowd the pot. Cover and cook for 40-50 minutes, or until the dumplings are cooked through and the rice is tender.
  6. Serve: Carefully transfer the cooked dumplings to a serving dish, and ladle the flavorful broth over them. Garnish with chopped parsley.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Use a combination of ground lamb and beef for a more traditional flavor.
  • Be gentle when shaping the dumplings to prevent them from breaking apart during cooking.
  • Adjust the seasoning of the broth to your taste preferences by adding more lemon juice, spices, or salt and pepper.
  • For an extra burst of flavor, stir in a dollop of yogurt or a drizzle of spiced butter before serving.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I make the dumplings ahead of time?

A: Yes, you can shape the dumplings in advance and refrigerate them until ready to cook. However, they are best cooked fresh.

Q: Can I use a different type of meat?

A: While lamb or a combination of lamb and beef is traditional, you can substitute with ground chicken or turkey for a lighter option.

Q: Can I make this dish vegetarian?

A: Absolutely! Substitute the meat filling with a mixture of cooked lentils, rice, and vegetables for a delicious vegetarian version.

As you savor each bite of this authentic Kubba Mosul, let the rich flavors and textures transport you to the vibrant markets and bustling kitchens of Mosul, where every dish is a celebration of cultural heritage and culinary artistry.