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Kebbit El Arous – Bride’s kebbeh

“Kebbeh of the bride” beautifully presented at a wedding Henna party in Baalbeck

Kebbit El Arous” or Kebbeh of the bride is a traditional Lebanese cuisine mezze (appetizer), part of the special wedding rituals in the region of Baalbeck, northern Bekaa. This type of Kebbeh is served to guests attending the “Henna party” at the bride’s house one night before the wedding day.

Serving: 25

Preparation Time: 1 hour


1 kg of fine bulgur

2 kg of ground lean beef

2 tbsp. of table salt

1 tbsp. of Kebbeh spices (kammouneh spices)

1 tbsp. of cumin

1.5 of water

250 ml of extra virgin olive oil

1 kg of onions

2 tbsp. of paprika

2 tbsp. of dry basil

Preparation steps:

  1. Wash the fine bulgur thoroughly and then soak in a small amount of water (enough to make it wet) for 15 minutes
  2. Use a manual or electrical grinding machine to grind the onions. Or you can just grate them
  3. Mix the with salt, kebbeh spices, cumin, paprika and basil
  4. Add the ground lean beef to the mixture of onion and spices and use your hands to mix them very well for 5 minutes
  5. Add bulgur and mix again for another 5 minutes
  6. Add olive oil to the mixture and then make round balls equal to the size of a peach
  7. Reshape the balls into elongated pieces while inserting your fingers in the middle of the ball
  8. Serve with plenty of vegetables such as mint, cucumber, green sweet pepper, cabbage and tomatoes

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