Sunday, December 9, 2012

KOFTA


Ground lamb with spices. A recipe, with many variations, well known around the world, from the Mediterranean to India. Wonderful.

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 cloves
1 teaspoon cardamom seeds
10 black peppercorns
A pinch of cinnamon
A pinch of nutmeg
½ teaspoon hot pimentón
½ teaspoon salt
½ small red onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon parsley, chopped
1 pound ground lamb

Start preparing the wooden skewers. It is highly recommendable to soak them in water for half an hour at least.
Then prepare the spices. Put in a mortar the coriander, the cumin, the cloves, the cardamom and the pepper. When it is well ground, add the cinnamon, the nutmeg, the hot pimentón and the salt. Mix well.
Prepare the onion too. Chop it. Do the same with the garlic. Then, in a bowl, mix the ground lamb, the ground spices, the onion, the garlic and the parsley. Let it rest for 20 minutes.
And then start preparing your Kofta skewers. Take a piece of ground meat, already mixed with the spices, and make a cylinder around the skewer. Go on doing this, about three pieces per skewer, making sure that are firmly attached to the skewers.
The ideal thing is cooking the skewers on a grill, but you can also do it in an oven. If you do it in an oven, put the skewers on the brim of an oven tray. The oven must be preheated to 350ºF. Cook the Kofta in the oven for about 20 minutes. Do not overcook, though. Be careful.
You can serve it with pita bread and alioli sauce. Delicious. Enjoy!

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