Walnut + Sumac Meatballs

Kufteh-ye Somaq-e Araki

Preparation info
  • Serves:

    8 to 10

    , makes 18 to 20 meatballs
    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      2 hr

Appears in
Cooking in Iran: Regional Recipes and Kitchen Secrets

By Najmieh Batmanglij

Published 2020

  • About

Traditionally these meatballs are made with sumac berries (2 cups/240g) and cooked on the stovetop, but I’ve used sumac powder and baked them in the oven. The meatballs can be as big as you like, from the size of walnuts to tangerines, according to your fancy.


Sumac Juice

  • 1 cup/100 g sumac powder


  1. For the sumac juice: In a small saucepan, combine the sumac powder and 5 cups/1.2 l water. Cover and cook over medium heat for 30 minutes. Pass through a sieve, reserving