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Dawood Basha (Syrian Meatballs) Print
Written by Ghinwa Alameen   
Thursday, 24 June 2010 18:38


If you like meatballs, try the Syrian tasty and fresh version. Meatballs are flavored and cooked in a tomato-herb sauce and served with rice. This is a quick and yummy recipes for your busy days.








  • 1 pound ground beef or lamp
  • 3 pounds fresh tomato
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons ghee (or canola oil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Bharat (Syrian Spice Mix)
  • Salt and pepper to taste.


  1. Mix the meat with 1/3 cup chopped parsley , 1/2 teaspoons salt and some black pepper. Form into small 1 inch balls.
  2. Brown the meatballs in ghee/oil for a couple of minutes on medium heat and make sure all sides are browned. You can alternatively brown them 350 oven for 30 minutes. Make sure to turn them half way through.
  3. Remove the meatballs and saute the onions with the drippings.
  4. Peel and dice the tomato and add it to the onions.
  5. Add salt and leave until it boils. Let it simmer for 30 minutes to thicken then add the meatballs and let cook for another 30 minutes.
  6. Add spices and chopped parsley 5 minutes before turning the heat off.
  7. Serve with rice.

Makes 2-3 servings


Comments (7)
  • Lily  - Question:-)

    Looks yummy!

    Step 6: you says add spices: which spices are you referring to and how much of them are we to use?

    Thank you=)
  • Ghinwa  - Answer :P
    Hi Lily,
    Many Syrians use 'Baharat' for many dishes. It's a mixture of spices that they buy from grocery stores. The recipe of baharat differs from one city to the other and from one person to the other if they prepare their own mix. I refer to it as Syrian all spice in the website and you can add 1/2 teaspoon for this recipe.
    Essentially, baharat has an equal amount of black pepper and sweet pepper (a spice similar to black pepper but mild), then just a little cinnamon, clove, cardamom and nutmeg.
    So if this is not available to you, I suggest adding black pepper to taste then a dash of the other spices. And Bon Apetit :)
  • Tammy Sabrah  - Tammy
    This is absolutely tasty as the recipe follows, but I found that using canned diced tomatoes was just as tasty, and cooked down as well, (and was cheaper then the current prices for tomatoes) However, it also works as a great spaghetti sauce!! Then buy some texas toast, butter on both sides, sprinkle with a little garlic salt, and toast!!! These little meatballs are the greatest flavor!!
  • Um Hyder  - Delicious
    My son completed a first grade project on Syria. He was asked to bring in a Syrian dish for the class to try. I found this recipe. It is simple and delicious. While the tomatoes dried out during the cooking process (no doubt because we cannot get good tomatoes this time of year), I added a small can of tomato sauce while they were stewing to keep the sauce moist. I tasted it before adding the parsley in step 6, and I was so delighted with the freshness of the flavors, that I didn't bother to add the baharat. Just the final addition of parsley and violá: I can cook Syrian food! Thank you for such a great post.
  • Ghinwa  - Re:
    Um Hyder, Glad to hear the recipe worked out for you, and that first-graders and their teachers have learned more about Syria through your son. Way to go!
  • Ruby Yano  - Delicious
    I am Filipina, i try to cooked this recipe last night, my friend Syrian family they like it very much.I told them i got this recipe from the syriancooking webdsite,they are impressed that i did it. I am very thankful that i learn to cook Syrian food.Thank you very much for this recipe. When i go back to Philippines I will cook this for my family too. More power ,its a great taste! Bravo!
  • Ghinwa  - Re:
    Ruby Yano, I am glad your dinner was a success. You must be a great cook :)
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