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Kanda (Gluten Free Meatballs)

This Gluten Free Meatball Recipe is known as Kanda in the Central African Republic. It’s made with ground beef and a special ingredient…. Pumpkin seeds! Serve these up the traditional way (with onion tomato sauce) or on a bed of pasta with pasta sauce! Either way, this Gluten Free Meatball Recipe (kanda) is delicious! 
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Course: dinner, Main Course, meat
Cuisine: central african republic
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
resting time: 1 hour
Servings: 36 meatballs


  • 1 lb ground beef meat
  • 2 cups pumpkin seeds
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 1 tsp Garlic
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • ½ cup Cold water


  • In a food processor or blender, grind the pumpkin seeds to a powder.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients into the food processor and grind until fully combined.
  • Transfer the mixture to a bowl and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  • Heat some olive oil in a cast iron skillet.
  • Roll the mixture into meatballs about the size of golf balls. Place them in the pan, and use tongs to turn them as they cook, ensuring that they brown on all sides. It will take about 15 or so minutes.
  • You may need to cook them in two batches.
  • Serve with whatever sauce you’d like.


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