Vegan kibbe


A traditional Middle Eastern dish popular in Lebanon, Syria and Egypt, Kibbe is a grain mixture bsed on bulgar wheat. This vegetarian version is simply baked in the oven, but is often made into patties and filled with meat or vegetables.


  • 225g/8oz bulgar wheat, soaked overnight in 570ml/1 pint water
  • 150ml/5fl oz water
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 55g/2oz rolled oats
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 55g/2oz pimentos, chopped
  • 1 celery stick, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp dried sage,
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley


  1. Bring 150ml/5fl oz water to the boil, add the salt and stir. Then add the oats and reduce the heat.

  2. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes, then remove from the heat and put into a bowl. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

  3. Add the bulgar wheat and any water remaining from soaking to the bowl.

  4. Heat the olive oil in a frying pay, and saute the garlic, add the onions and pimentos and cook until soft.

  5. Put into a bowl along with the remaining ingredients. Season to taste, mix well and put in a greased baking dish. Bake 1 hour.