Iraqi Beef Kubba with Mint Yogurt

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For the kubba:
500g ground beef
1 cup fine bulgur
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Salt and pepper, to taste
Vegetable oil, for frying
For the mint yogurt:
1 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Salt and pepper, to taste


1.In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, bulgur, onion, garlic, cumin, cinnamon, salt, and pepper. Mix well until all the ingredients are fully incorporated.
2.Wet your hands and take a golf ball-sized portion of the beef mixture. Form it into an oval shape, then use your finger to create a hollow space in the center. Repeat with the remaining mixture.
3.Heat vegetable oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Fry the kubbas in batches until golden brown and crispy on the outside, about 4-5 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.
4.In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, mint leaves, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
5.Serve the beef kubbas with the mint yogurt sauce on the side. Enjoy!
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