North African Meatballs 

This is something that I made for the first time last night. Raizel is in love with cumin, so this is my attempt to satisfy her growing gourmet tastebuds.



2 lbs. ground meat

1/2 cup oatmeal 

1 egg

1 tablespoon North African Spice Mix, or to taste

1 clove garlic crushed 

North African Spice Mix:

1 tablespoon salt, ginger, turmeric, coriander, cumin, garlic powder 

2 tablespoons paprika 

1/2 teaspoon pepper, cayenne, cloves 

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 


1 onion, chopped 

3 cups water or broth 

1 can diced tomatoes 

3 oz tomatoe paste

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, or to taste

Salt and pepper to taste

2 cloves garlic, crushed 

Optional: chopped fresh parsley and/or cilantro 


Place all the ingredients for the sauce in a pot. I usually add the crushed garlic at the end.

Blend all ingredients for the meatballs together. Shape into balls and place in sauce.

In a pot, bring to a boil and then simmer until done. Adjust seasonings to taste.

Last night, I cooked the meatballs in a crockpot on low. I adjusted the seasonings when I got up this morning before going to work.

Fresh herbs always add a gourmet touch, but I did not use any.

Here are the pictures:



Raizel tasted it and promptly ate some for breakfast. She said, “this is good!” 

Even Yaffa said, “the meatballs are so good, Mommy!” That is a true vote of confidence!



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27 thoughts on “North African Meatballs 

  1. Parul Singhal March 15, 2016 at 8:03 PM Reply

    Very nice color

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  2. Lili March 15, 2016 at 12:59 PM Reply

    Wow! I love these meatballs and the spices. Never had the African mix and looking forward to that and the oatmeal. Going to pin and make them. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  3. sabitha March 15, 2016 at 9:36 AM Reply

    Yumm yumm!! these look delicious 🙂 🙂

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  4. Lynz Real Cooking March 12, 2016 at 7:25 PM Reply

    Yumm these look so good, love the spices!

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  5. Chitra Jagadish March 12, 2016 at 6:28 PM Reply

    Looks flavorsome. …

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  6. Antonia March 12, 2016 at 10:22 AM Reply

    The spice mix looks so flavorful! Yummy meatballs!

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  7. nancyruth March 11, 2016 at 5:20 PM Reply

    Looks great. I’m not good at making meatballs but may give this a try! And good for your daughter having meatballs for breakfast!

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  8. anotherfoodieblogger March 11, 2016 at 2:54 PM Reply

    Spicy and easy, now that’s my kind of food!

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  9. PetersFoodAdventures March 11, 2016 at 12:40 PM Reply

    Love the spice combinations! Didn’t see the oatmeal coming though! Interesting idea! Sounds delicious! 🙂

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    • Cooking For The Time Challenged March 11, 2016 at 12:53 PM Reply

      The oatmeal is a Canadian addition. It gives a soft texture and it’s gluten free too. That what my mother always uses instead of breadcrumbs.🇨🇦

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  10. Tzippy Respler March 11, 2016 at 12:03 PM Reply

    Looks delicious..and I cab’t wait to try your North African spice mix.

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