Friday, 10 August 2012

Homemade Kofte Recipe

I am feeling inspired today by the bright sunshine and my arabic roots, hence I thought I'd make a few healthy clean Kofte to throw on the BBQ tonight.

My recommendation would be to serve these with salad, low fat greek yoghurt, hot pepper sauce (or Harissa) and loads of lemon juice. If you are allowing yourself a little wheat then you can also serve in wholemeal pittas or Khoubez (Lebanese flat bread), however these are also brilliant as Indian style kebabs served with a bean curry.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

800 grams of lean (less than 5% fat) Minced Beef (Lamb is better but I've struggled to find it minced lean enough)
1/2 grated brown onion
2 heaped teaspoons of Cumin
1 teaspoon of chilli powder
1 teaspoon of dried or fresh Coriander leaf
1 teaspoon of dried Greek (normal will do) Oregano
1 teaspoon of rock salt
Handful of chopped fresh mint







Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl, work in well with your hands. Don't add an egg to bind, you don't need it and it makes the meat tastes rubbery (Something I learnt from Heston Bluementhal!). The salt is an adequate binding agent.

Shape the meat mix into sausage shapes and rest in the fridge for a couple of hours.

Grill in the oven or better still get that chargrilled effect on the BBQ - try not to overcook them though as the lean meat dries up quickly.

What's good about it?

Lean appetite suppressing, muscle repairing Protein!

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