Ghel Gheli (meatballs)

Recipe Date: March 5, 2021
Difficulty: Easy
Measurements: Imperial (US)

You will find yourself eagerly popping these easily prepared, tiny, spice-scented meatballs into your mouth as they come out of the sauté pan. Their sweet and savory flavor is addictive. Yield: 70 bite-sized meatballs


  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped or grated
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • Extra virgin olive oil


1. Place all the ingredients with the exception of the oil in a medium bowl and mix well.

2. Roll into small balls the size of walnuts and place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.

3. Heat a large frying pan with oil and sauté the meatballs until they are fully cooked and crispy on all sides, about 5 minutes.

4. Just before serving reheat the meatballs in a small sauté pan and toss with ¼ cup of the cherry syrup to coat lightly.