Greek Yiouvarlakia Recipe Video

In this video Eva shows us how to prepare another family favourite: Yiouvarlakia, more commonly known as meatballs with tomato sauce over rice. Like many of Eva’s recipes, this dish requires only a few simply ingredients and is not overly complicated to make.


Difficulty LevelMediumHealth IndexAverage
MethodMain Ingredient


 Lean ground beef1 Pound
 Onion1 Small, grated
 Garlic cloves2 Medium, crushed
 Dried mint1 Tablespoon (Fresh Ones)
 Parsley1 Tablespoon
 Pepper1 Teaspoon
 Olive oil2 Tablespoon
 Onion1 Small, chopped
 Garlic1 Clove (5 gm), finely chopped
 Tomato juice1 Cup (16 tbs)
 Flour1 Tablespoon
 Water1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
 Rice2 Cup (32 tbs)
 Salt1 Pinch

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 668 Calories from Fat 166

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 19 g28.9%

Saturated Fat 5.2 g26%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 117.9 mg

Sodium 191.2 mg8%

Total Carbohydrates 88 g29.5%

Dietary Fiber 3.9 g15.7%

Sugars 5.1 g

Protein 34 g67.6%

Vitamin A 20.9% Vitamin C 35.8%

Calcium 12% Iron 39.6%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


Using your hands, combine the ingredients together in a large bowl. Once you have thoroughly mixed the ingredients you may begin to shape the meatballs. Rather than roll the meat into balls, shape small portions of meat in an oval shape.
In a large pot over medium-high heat, add the olive oil and saute the onion and garlic until light brown in color. Add the tomato juice and 1/2 cup of water. Season with salt and pepper and cover the pot with the lid. Once the liquid has come to a boil you may add the meatballs. Carefully place the meatballs in the pot and lower the heat to medium.
In the meantime you may prepare the rice. Eva suggests that you boil the rice for a few seconds and then drain the water in order to remove as much starch as possible. Once you have washed the rice, set the water to boil again and cook the rice for 15 minutes. Remember to use 2 cups of water for 1 every cup of rice.
Once the liquid in the meatballs has begun to boil for a few minutes, lower the heat and allow the meatballs to simmer for 20 minutes.
To thicken the tomato sauce add 1 tablespoon of flour to 1/4 cup of water, stir well, and pour the liquid into the tomato mixture (be sure to strain the liquid as you pour it in). Allow the meatballs to cook for another 15 minutes.
When serving this dish be sure to place a generous amount of tomato sauce over the rice. Enjoy!

Editors Review

Try the tongue tickling Greek delight Yiouvarlakia and enjoy a sumptuous treat in minutes. Treat your loved ones with the mix of meatballs and tomatoes and soon it will prove to be an irresistible favorite among everyone. With Eva you can pick such novel cooking ideas always!