This recipe is adapted from one I found in a Georgian/Russian cookbook. The original recipe was more complex, and called for other ingredients like lamb -- which my family won't eat. This version is a big favorite in our home. The yogurt sauce can be as garlicky as your family likes. We usually go for lots, but we've had guests who like it with plain yogurt.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add noodles and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain, and transfer to a serving dish. While the pasta is cooking, mix together the yogurt and garlic in a medium bowl. Cover, and refrigerate until serving.

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  • In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef with the onion. Season with cinnamon while cooking. Drain off excess grease, and stir in lemon juice and salt. Adjust seasoning to taste. Toss the meat mixture with noodles, and serve hot with cold yogurt sauce spooned over.

Nutrition Facts

537.7 calories; 32.3 g protein; 69.2 g carbohydrates; 118.5 mg cholesterol; 368.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2004
I was skeptical of the cinnamon in this recipe but followed the directions and voila! I loved it and my friends loved it. I've since made it for pot-luck dinners and always get raves. I use a little more lemon over the meat mixture and add more if I reheat. A bit more salt sometimes brings out the flavor too. One of the other reviewers said they found this dish bitter so I was worried -- maybe their cinnamon was old? In any case I didn't find it bitter at all. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/09/2006
I couldn't eat more than a few bites of this and you should have seen the hilarious "gross" faces our 16 month old twins made while spitting this out. However my husband thought it was ok and ate a full serving of it so I'll be generous and give it 3 stars. For me it wasn't the cinnamon or the lemon. In fact one of my favorite recipes on this site is a cinnamon lime chicken dish so I definitely like the combination of those flavors with meat. I don't know maybe quantities were off. I didn't like this enough to experiment but if these ingredients really appeal to you go ahead and give it a try. Only thing I would definitely change is to use greek yogurt. Thanks anyway for the recipe. Read More
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34 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 8
Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2004
I was skeptical of the cinnamon in this recipe but followed the directions and voila! I loved it and my friends loved it. I've since made it for pot-luck dinners and always get raves. I use a little more lemon over the meat mixture and add more if I reheat. A bit more salt sometimes brings out the flavor too. One of the other reviewers said they found this dish bitter so I was worried -- maybe their cinnamon was old? In any case I didn't find it bitter at all. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/08/2006
I couldn't eat more than a few bites of this and you should have seen the hilarious "gross" faces our 16 month old twins made while spitting this out. However my husband thought it was ok and ate a full serving of it so I'll be generous and give it 3 stars. For me it wasn't the cinnamon or the lemon. In fact one of my favorite recipes on this site is a cinnamon lime chicken dish so I definitely like the combination of those flavors with meat. I don't know maybe quantities were off. I didn't like this enough to experiment but if these ingredients really appeal to you go ahead and give it a try. Only thing I would definitely change is to use greek yogurt. Thanks anyway for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/19/2006
Don't add too much lemon juice... I believe this is what caused this recipe to be a 2 in the end. It ended up being too sour. The temperature was strange too... adding the yogurt really cooled it off and I prefer hot (heated) dishes. A few tips: - More chopped onion is a good thing! -- More cinnamon is a good thing! This was very easy to make but I probably won't make it again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/14/2012
A good staple recipe not fabulous but easy healthy and yummy. If you love Stroganoff but want something a lot healthier but equally filling this is a great substitute. I find myself making it about every two months or so simply because it is a healthy and easy recipe for ground beef. Edit 4/14/12: Just made this again last night and was reminded that 4 cups of yogurt is way too much--I think 2 would be sufficient with the amount of garlic you plan to use halved too. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/03/2005
I figured this would be a recipe I either hated or loved but I found it too different to really give a fair rating to. The cinnamon was odd as I am not used to it but was not too bad. I used some homeade Amish noodles that seemed to add to the dish. I also think I would use regular ground beef and not the lean kind. The meat mixture was a little dry. It was not my favorite but I suppose could become so if I try it a few more times. I also like a large amount of garlic in the yogurt but can see where others might not. It was also odd to mix the hot beef/noodle mixture with the yogurt mixture but again I think it's just something I am not used to. All in all i am glad I tried it and will try it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2004
I was looking for a fast dinner to make (I live alone) and I thought the ingredients were odd but reminded me of eastern recipes which I liked (and I love garlic). Not only can I do this in 15 min but the amounts are so easy to remember I only needed the recipe once. It reminds me of stroganoff but not as heavy with a zingy taste. I did not have the bitterness problems like stated in one review. I can't get enough of it! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/06/2009
I tried this recipe because it reminded me of a Turkish dish that I love....my husband really liked this - I used what I thought was a lot of garlic and it was still pretty bland for my taste. I might try this again with some adjustments - I can see it has some potential....thanks for posting this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
08/15/2006
worst recipe ive ever had on this site. totally gross. way too much cinnamon. i used half and it still was too strong. dont waste food on this. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/05/2004
I was very tentative about using a garlic/yogurt mixture as dressing but I tried this recipe and my boyfriend found it very enjoyable (he wished that I had used more cinnamon!). In any case overall a very easy and pleasant meal. Try it sometime. Read More
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