Caramelised Onion And Walnut Potato Bake (Kibbet Batata)

Caramelised Onion And Walnut Potato Bake (Kibbet Batata)

Caramelised Onion And Walnut Potato Bake (Kibbet Batata) 1737 1150 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Caramelised onion and walnut potato bake is my modern version of kibbet batata. With the addition of walnuts and raisins, this dish has a smooth taste of herbed spicy potatoes.

Originally, the dish has cracked wheat in it. Here you can create a vegan and gluten-free version by simply substituting the cracked wheat with ½ cup of quinoa flour.


  • 2 large potatoes
  • ½ cup of cracked wheat soaked in ¼ cup of water
  • 2 onions sliced into rings
  • ¾ cup walnut roughly chopped
  • cup raisins
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  • cup basil leaves
  • ¼ cup mint leaves
  • ½ onion
  • 1 red chili long
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon Bharat
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • salt to season

kibbet batata (potato bake ingredients)

Cook’s Note:

*Arabian spice is my blend known in the Middle East as 7 spice blend.  You can find it at Middle Eastern grocery stores and various supermarkets
*If the bowl of your processor is too big for the paste quantity, you can add one boiled potato to better combine.
*If potato mixture is too sticky, moisten your hands occasionally with water.
*For a gluten-free version substitute the cracked wheat with ½ cup of quinoa flour but do not soak or blend the quinoa flour.


Step 1.
Place the unpeeled potatoes in a saucepan over high heat and add enough cold water to cover. Bring to the boil, cover and cook for approximately 25 minutes or until cooked through and they become tender. Drain and set aside until cool enough to handle. Remove the skin. (keep the potatoes dry so avoid peeling them under running water)

Step 2.
Combine all the paste ingredients in a food processer and blend to a somewhat smooth paste.  Add the peeled potatoes and blend for just a few seconds. Taste, and add more salt if necessary. Add the soaked cracked wheat and blend until well combined. Remove (moisten your hands with water if you need to) 

For the gluten-free version, do not blend the quinoa flour.  Simply remove the potato and paste mixture and fold in the quinoa flour by hand.

herb paste in a food processor

Step 3.
Grease an oven roasting pan (approximately 25 x 20 cm) with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, brushing the sides well.

In a bowl, combine the onions rings, walnuts, raisins, and remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil.  Scatter mixture at the base of the oiled roasting pan.

onion rings, walnuts and raisins at the base of the roasting pan

Dot the potato mixture over and spread evenly with wet hands. Flatten into the pan. Bake for approximately 25-30 minute

Adding the potato bake on top of onion mixture

potato bake ready for baking

potato bake served with rocket saladServes 8-12


Why you will love this recipe:

Modern Middle Eastern Recipe
Perfect dinner party side dish


Sahtan – Enjoy In Good Health