FamilyChef: Fried Kubbeh Balls

Welcome to the World Food Programme's (WFP) new recipe series. Explore the culinary treasures and cooking abilities of refugees who benefit from WFP's cash and vouchers, an initiative that allows individuals to buy the food they need to cook their traditional dishes

List of ingradients

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1) For the kubbeh crust, soak the bulgur wheat in half a litre of water for two hours, then drain the water.

bulgur wheat in a bowl

2) Remove excess water by squeezing the bulgur using two hands. Add half a kilogramme of ground meat with some salt and pepper seasoning. Place in a food processor and process to a smooth paste.

Ingradients mixed in a bowl

3)  For the kubbeh stuffing, fry the rest of the ground meat with the finely chopped onions. Add salt, pepper, allspice and pomegranate molases. Once cooked add the pomegranate seeds.

Ingradients mixed in a bowl

4)  Take an egg sized amount of the crust mixture and form into a ball. Form a hole in the ball to make space for the filling. Add filling and pinch the top to seal the ball. Shape the ball into an egg shape.

Ingradients being mixed

5)  Fry the ball ten minutes until golden brown.

Fried kubbeh balls

6) Enjoy the dish with your family :)

A Syrian father holding his children

Cash And Vouchers

A WFP cash and vouchers card
Photo: WFP/Jane Howard

WFP delivers hundreds of thousands of tons of food each year, but, increasingly, we give hungry people cash or vouchers to buy food for themselves. Learn more about WFP's cash and vouchers programmes.


Syrian refugees shopping for food in a market
Photo: WFP/Eyad Al Baba

WFP uses innovative ways to deliver food assistance, such as scratch cards or “e-vouchers” sent to mobile phones by text message.
WFP and the Turkish Red Crescent launched the e-food card programme in 2012 in Turkey. The initiative enables Syrian refugees to cook their own meals using fresh ingredients they can buy in the local markets. Read more about WFP's E-Food card programme (PDF, 1.48 MB).