You will be impressed by the taste and how healthy this food is for you. Leftovers reheated nicely too.
Vegan: For vegan version substitute the ground beef with 1 pkg. Gimme LEAN! Ground beef style. Warning: Gluten-Free diet people, Gimme Lean contains wheat.
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1/2 cup white basmati rice
- 1/2 cup yellow split peas
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 bunch parsley, chopped
- 1 bunch green onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoons dried dill
- 1 tablespoons dried tarragon
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 6 cups of water
- Salt and black pepper to taste
Add the yellow split peas to boiling salted water and cook till tender about 30 minutes, drain in a colander and set it aside.
Bring salted water to a boil, place the rice in the boiling water and cook for about 10 minutes. Make sure you stir the rice twice with a wooden spoon to loosen any grains that may have stuck to the bottom. Taste your rice. The grains should be soft on the outside but still firm in the center. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop additional cooking. Toss rice gently in colander and set it aside.
Combine ground beef, rice, split peas, chopped parsley, chopped green onion, dried dill, dried tarragon, salt and pepper. Mix well together and roll into balls, 2-1/2 inches in diameter, firmly packed.
Saute onions and garlic with olive oil until brown in a large pot. Add water, turmeric, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil and place the meatballs into the boiling water. The water should just cover the balls. Reduce the heat and cook covered for 45 minutes.
Serve in bowls with broth.