Spicy Meatballs with Verjuice

Kufteh-ye Qomi


Preparation info

  • Serves:

    4 to 6

    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      2 hr 30

Appears in

Cooking in Iran: Regional Recipes and Kitchen Secrets

Cooking in Iran

By Najmieh Batmanglij

Published 2020

  • About

This combination of spices, fenugreek, and verjuice used here is what gives these meatballs their unique flavor. I have adapted this recipe from one by Bibi Khanum, who lives in Qom.



  • ½ cup/100 g rice, washed and drained
  • 2 cups/300


  1. For the paste: Place the rice and 4 cups/960 ml water in a small saucepan. Cover and cook for 10 minutes over medium heat. Add the peas, cover, and cook for another 5 minutes