This meatballs stew is a special dish of Milas, Bodrum/Turkey. Unlike the other types of meatballs, this one is cooked with soem vegetables in hot water. You can serve this main dish with any kind of pilaf and salad or yogurt. I learnt this dish from my mother- in- law, who is from there. As I love adding something special from myself, I put some sliced garlic. This makes it more tasty.
200gr minced meat
1tsp black pepper
1 onion, diced
½ cup boiled chickpeas
½ pepper paste (or tomato paste)
3 tbsp olive oil
½ lemon, squeezed
3 cup hot water
Put minced meat in a bowl. Combine flour with them. Sprinkle 1 tsp black pepper and 1 tsp salt in it. Knead it well. Then pick small pieces from this mixture and roll them a little bigger than chickpeas. Roast them in a pan for 5 minutes with 1 tbsp olive oil until they cahnge color. Then take the roasted meatballs on a plate.
Cooking the dish:
Saute onion with olive oil in a pot until golden. Add pepper or tomato paste in it. Stir well. Pour 1 cup hot water and cook it 5 minutes. Pour the rest of the hot water and add roasted meatballs and boiled chickpeas in it. Sprinkle 2 tsp salt, and add lemon juice. Put the lid on. After 30 minutes, Milas meatballs will be ready.