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Lamb Kofta

Updated: Mar 25

Get ready for a delicious Lamb Kofta on Kisir with yogurt drizzle, a traditional Turkish salad made with bulgur wheat, tomatoes, pomegranate, parsley, and lemon. Serve the kofta on flatbread for an amazing experience. Try this recipe now and treat your taste buds!


  1. What is Kofta?

  2. What is Kisir?

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Lamb Kofta served on Kisir
Lamb Kofta is bursting with flavour!

What is Kofta?


Kofta is a type of meatball that's super popular in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and Mediterranean cuisine. It's basically a mixture of ground meat (usually lamb or beef) that's mixed with spices and other ingredients, shaped into balls or patties, and then cooked.


Kofta has been around for a loooong time - like, we're talking thousands of years. It's believed to have originated in Persia (modern-day Iran) and then spread throughout the region. Different countries and cultures have their own unique variations of kofta, but some of the most popular include Indian-style kofta (usually made with beef or chicken), Turkish-style kofta (which often features lamb and is sometimes served with a tomato-based sauce), and Lebanese-style kofta (which can be made with beef, lamb, or even fish!).


No matter how you make it, kofta is always packed with flavour and a total crowd-pleaser. So if you've never tried it before, you're definitely missing out!


What is Kisir?


Kisir is a super tasty Turkish salad made with bulgur wheat, tomatoes, parsley, lemon, pomegranate and olive oil. It's a traditional dish in Turkish cuisine and has been around for a long time.


The origins of Kisir can be traced back to the southeast region of Turkey, where it was first created as a side dish to complement grilled meat. But nowadays, it's enjoyed as a standalone dish and can be found all over Turkey.


Kisir has many variations, with different ingredients added depending on the region and the cook's preference. For example, some people like to add onions or green onions for extra flavour, while others add cucumbers, carrots or even dried fruits like raisins. Some variations are also spicier than others, with the addition of chili peppers or other hot spices.


One thing's for sure, Kisir is a versatile dish that can be customized to your liking. So, whether you're looking for a side dish for your BBQ or a light and refreshing salad to enjoy on a hot day, Kisir is definitely worth trying.

 

Preparation time: 40 minutes

Portion size: This recipe yields 5 Koftas and enough salad to serve 5 people


Ingredients for Lamb Koftas:



Ingredients for Kisir:


  • 1tbsp of vegetable oil

  • 1 shallot, cut in half then sliced

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 green chilli, seeds removed and sliced

  • 2tbsp tomato puree

  • 8.8oz (250g) of bulgur wheat

  • 17 fl oz (500ml) of vegetable stock

  • 10 cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters

  • a handful of walnuts, chopped

  • half a pomegranate seeds

  • a handful of parsley, finely chopped

  • a handful of mint, finely chopped

  • 1/2 lemon juice and zest

  • 1tbsp pomegranate molasses

  • 2tbsp of olive oil

  • salt to taste

  • yoghurt for dressing (diluted with milk if thick)


How to prepare and cook Kofta:


1. Place all the Kofta ingredients, except for the meat, in a food processor and blend until combined. Take out half of the mixture and add in half of the meat. Process the mixture until the meat is finely minced, then transfer it to a bowl. Repeat the process with the other half of the mixture and meat, and mix everything together. Refrigerate until ready to use.


2. To make the Koftas, divide the meat into five parts and shape each part into a sausage. Skewer each sausage through the middle using metal skewers, and grill them for around 5 minutes, flipping once, until they are evenly coloured. If grilling at home, you can use a cast-iron griddle heated in the oven.




How to prepare Kisir:


1. Heat 1 tbsp of vegetable oil in a deep frying pan over medium heat. Add the sliced shallot and fry until soft.


2. Add the minced garlic and sliced green chili, and cook for a couple of minutes.


3. Add 2 tablespoons of tomato puree, hot vegetable stock, and bulgur wheat. Mix everything together, remove from heat, and cover the pan with a lid. Let the bulgur wheat absorb the liquid for 15-20 minutes.


Bulgur Wheat in preparation for Kisir
Bulgur Wheat absorbs liquid just like cous cous

4. Transfer the bulgur to a bowl and mix in the remaining ingredients (keeping some parsley, cherry tomato, and pomegranate seeds for garnish).


5. Serve the Koftas on a bed of Kisir and drizzle with yogurt dressing.



Tips for cooking Lamb Koftas:

  • When shaping the koftas, make them as even as possible to ensure they cook evenly on the grill.

 

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Lamb Kofta on Kisir with yoghurt dressing
Lamb Kofta on Kisir


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