The Iraqi Family Cookbook

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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Zibibiya-New Year Soup

We usually make this soup for the New Year, and drop rice (kibbi-kubba) to cook in the soup.

1 pound stewing lamb with bones
10 cups water

1 tablespoon salt
1 cup dibis(date syrup)
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 cup pited dates
1 cup dried figs
1 cup dried apricots(optional)
2 tablespoon syrup
whole spices: 6 cardamoms,6 cloves,1 cinnamon stick, 6 allspice
1 tbs dried mint
1 tbs dried parsley

Place the stewing lamb and water in a big pot. When it comes to boil, simmer for 40 minutes until the lamb is tender. Add the dried fruit, syrup, salt and nuts. Reduce heat and simmer the lamb sauce for 30 minutes.

Drop the rice kibbi and boil for 20 minutes, until they rise to the top of the soup; add mint and parsley.
Happy New Year