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Hatian food : how to make kibi

Hatian food : how to make kibi

in Blog, Gastronomie

Kibi (Kibbeh) is a traditional Arabic dish that was adopted by Haitians . They are served in parties as appetizers and are usually very spicy while filled with ground meat (mostly beef or lamb). Some Haitians do serve it with  smoked herring  .

The only problem I’ve encountered while cooking/preparing this, was with keeping the shell mixture closed. I guessed that it was due to the coarseness (not fine in texture) of the Bulgar wheat. So I strongly advise to use a fine one.


  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp of cumin
  • 2 tbsps of olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed and minced
  • 2 medium onions (1 coarsely chopped and the other one finely minced)
  • 5 dried or smoked herring fillet, cut in small pieces or 2 lbs finely ground beef
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of pepper
  • 1 tsp of salt for the filling
  • 1tsp of pepper for the filling
  • 1/2 lb. (1 cup)  Bulgar cracked wheat (make sure it’s finely crushed and not coarse)
  • slices of lemon


  1. Soak the Bulgar wheat in cold water for 1/2 hour minimum
  2. Remove your Bulgar wheat from water. Dry by removing excess water. Then add to the 1 lb of meat, coarsely chopped onions, pepper and salt.