Traditional Brazilian Quibe

Etymology / History

The word Quibe, or kibbeh comes from Arabic and it means “ball”. Its an appetizer made out of minced meat (lamb or beef), bulgur and different herbs. Kibbeh comes from Middle Eastern countries but its also very well known in South America.

Also traditional in

Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Israel, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Egypt, Cyprus, the Arabian Peninsula, Turkey, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Honduras and Mexico.

Our story

We have tried Quibe for the first time in December. Our Brasilian friend prepared it for us and Cooking The World team as well as all our guests were just amazed by the taste of those little meat balls! The recipe comes from Vicente’s father – Paulinão from Ibitiúva (Staat São Paulo).

And what is so amazng about his recipe?
The proportion of ingredients make the dish just unforgettable. Those meat balls are nothing like we know in Europe – they are refreshing (served with lime or lemon), herby and extreamly tasty! We are very happy that we could post this recipe on our blog so all our friends and followers can try it! Thanks Steffi & Vicente!

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Preparation time:



  • 500g Bulgur
  • 500g minced meat
  • half bulb of garlic
  • 3 large onions
  • 30g fresh mint
  • 15g fresh parsley
  • handful spring onion
  • oil for frying
  • lime or lemon
  • salt & pepper

How to prepare Quibe?

1. Place bulgur in the bowl, cover with 200ml water and leave it over night.

2. Chop all ingredients and mix together with bulgur.

3. Use mincer to mince all ingredients.

4. Form the mass into oval-shaped balls.

5. Deep fry in very hot oil for about 5 minutes.

6. Serve with lime or lemon.

And here we would like to show you quibe made by Paulinão from Ibitiúva. Shame we werent there to try them!

from quibe from brazil


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Marta Kieser is a food guide and blogger who lives in Frankfurt with her husband and 1-year-old son. Apart from food guiding, she loves cooking, having guests over, swimming, hiking, and running. 



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