Sour Spearmint Sauce with Meatballs

  • Serves

    serves 6

Hamud is usually a sauce for rice, but it can also be served as a soup.


  • 1 lb. beef
  • Salt
  • 5 medium boiling potatoes, peeled and cut in 1 1/2" pieces
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 lb. veal stew meat, cut into 1 1/2" pieces
  • 1-2 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 1 head garlic, cloves peeled and minced
  • 12 cup dried spearmint
  • 12 cup sugar


Step 1

Place ground beef in a large bowl. Season with salt, mix well, then shape into 1" meatballs. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside.

Step 2

Place potatoes, celery, veal, lemon juice, garlic, spearmint, and sugar in a large pot. Add 8 cups water and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, add meatballs, cover, and simmer. stirring occasionally, for 1 hour. Using a long-handled spoon, stir soup, mashing potatoes just enough to slightly thicken soup. Cover and continue cooking until veal is tender, about 2 hours more. Adjust seasoning with salt, sugar, and lemon juice. Ladle into bowls or serve over rice.