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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Chicken Rice Meatballs (Tefteli)

 Meatballs are a comfort food enjoyed around the world Jasmine rice has a pleasant aroma,  partially cooking the rice adds moisture to the meatballs and ensures that the rice becomes nice and tender, even on the inside of each meatball. This is traditional Russian tefteli. My husband's favorite food.

1 lb any ground meat
1.5 cup cooked rice (cooked for 10 min,  half way cooked)
2 onions (1 for saute and 1 to grind) 
4 med carrots
1 red bell pepper (any color is fine)
1.5 cups heavy whipping cream and water to cover meatballs
Oil for saute
Salt, Pepper, coriander,Vegeta, Bay leaf, Garlic,
Parsley flakes,dill.

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 Peel and cut 1 onion in to small pieces. Saute with shredded carrots. Add to the rice meat mixture, reserving 1/4 for the gravy.

Cut Bell pepper in to small cubes.

    Add to the mix. The other onion blend it and add it to the meat ( it make meatballs juicier).

Add egg and spices. 

Leave about 1/4 carrots with onion for gravy.

Make big balls, dip in flour. Put in the frying pan on high heat. Cook for a few min until brown color. 
Or put em in the oiled baking sheet and bake for 30 min on 350F.

Put in cooking pot add water to cover all meatballs.
Salt water add reserved sauteed carrots and onions. Boil for 20-30 min.  
Add whipping cream. Boil for for 5 min. You can add 2 tbsp of flour or corn starch mixed with a little water to make the gravy thicker. 

Take out extra fat.
 Add minced garlic (optional).
Add parsley, dill. Turn off the stove.



  1. I've never heard of these before, but they sound delicious. And with the addition of rice like a great meal!

  2. These look wonderful. Like the beef ones my mom made when I was a kid...

  3. Simple and delicious! I can't wait to make this. What a great way to use leftover rice!

  4. This receipy a litttle different then my i really would like to try it

  5. Thank you looks delesiouase. Tanya linnik

  6. I love russian food. These look amazing! Thank you for sharing.

    1. You are welcome:) Enjoy:)))
      ..(=•_•= )

  7. Lea, could you tell me what you do with sauteed carrots and onions, do you add them to the mixture of meat and rice?
    Thank you,

    1. Hi Natalya,
      Add onion and carrots to the meat and rice mixture but leave 1/4 of it for the podliva.

  8. Lea, your blog has been a blessing to me! I eat much healthier, enjoy food more and most importantly feed my kids much better food than I used to. Thank you so much!
    Wishing you Happy Holidays i vsego samogo horoshego from our family :)

    1. You are welcome Natalya:) I am happy to share my recipes.
      I wish your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! God Bless you abundantly!!!


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