A good stew can save the whole day, don’t you think? When I think of dishes that instantly lift me up, warm me up and make me feel good, it’s usually stews. A good example is the Lebanese bean stew Fasolia or this delicious potato stew with little kafta meatballs.
A stew for the whole family
Good home cooking is often not expensive, relatively quick to make and makes the whole family happy. And especially in my family, who are real despisers (absolute philistines!) of healthy food, this potato stew still goes down very well. But that’s no wonder: no one can resist potatoes and meatballs in a super tasty tomato sauce, right? Well, if you don’t eat meat, you can of course leave out the meatballs and increase the amount of potatoes – or use vegan meat for the stew. Tastes just as good 😉
The potato stew is then served with a good portion of steaming butter rice. But you can also serve bulgur with it. Wait a minute. Carbs served with carbs? Oh yes! This is really absolutely delicious and really fills you up. Most of the time you even take some pita bread with it… No kidding!
Perfect also for the next day
The really nice thing about stews is that you can still eat them perfectly the next day. Often they taste even better than on the first day. So potato stew is also great for taking a soul warmer to work and enjoying real home cooking there. So simply prepare potato stew and rice in the evening and take it with you the next day. Then even the most annoying meeting can’t do you any harm if your heart is with your family.
Recipe for Lebanese potato stew with kafta balls
- Prepare the kafta mixture according to the recipe and shape into small meatballs. Do not cook the kafta yet!
- Peel the potatoes and cut into bite-sized pieces.
- Coarsely chop the coriander including the stalks.
- Peel the garlic and crush it well with a little salt in a mortar.
- Heat the olive oil in a pot and fry the raw potatoes for approx. 2 – 3 minutes, stirring. Add the tomato paste and fry for another 2 minutes.
- Add the strained tomato, water, cinnamon and bay leaves, stir and bring to the boil. Let everything simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Add the coriander, crushed garlic and the kafta balls and stir gently. Simmer with the lid closed on medium heat for about 20 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Prepare the butter rice according to the recipe and serve with the potato stew.