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Rice Patties

(Kibit Rus)

3 cups rice
2 medium sized potatoes
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 1/2 lb ground beef or lamb
3 medium sized onions
1/2 bundle chopped parsley
1 teaspoon mixed spices
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
oil for frying

Wash the rice, peel the potatoes. Cut the potatoes into three pieces and add to the rice. Cover the rice and potatoes with boiling water. Add salt and turmeric. Cook and, when ready, drain. Mix in the tomato paste, then mince the mixture twice. Put aside.

Finely chop onions, fry until golden brown in three tablespoons of oil, then add ground meat, spices, salt and pepper. Stir until cooked. Remove from the heat, leave to cool; add the parsley and mix well. With wet hands, take medium sized pieces of rice and potato mix, shape each one into an oval, making a space in the center by pushing your finger through from one end. Fill this space with meat and onion stuffing. Close by pressing firmly on both ends. (They should look like those shown in the picture.) Fry patties in heated deep oil, making sure they are covered by oil. Serve hot.

Recipe from "Saudi Arabia Magazine" (an official publication of the Information Office of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia), Summer 1996

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