miércoles, 21 de octubre de 2009

Koftas in the sky with spices

A few days ago I had a craving for a turkish pizza, Lahmacun, but I didn't want any pizza dough or bread, so I updated the ingredients for the topping to my taste and made this delicious and suculent koftas, a middle eastern meatball that can be eaten hot or cold, and they are perfect for a picnic. You can serve these with some yogurt (previousy dressed with salt, peper and choped garlic)

One of the main ingredients is Ras el hanout, an extremely aromatic blend of spices from the middle east, widely used and with a distintive flavour, the blend includes cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, chilli, coriander, pepper,cloves and turmeric which gives the blend a wonderful yellow colour. Its available in moroccan deli shops, and you can also add it to couscous ad rice.


250g minced lamb
1/4 finly chopped onion
1/4 finely chopped red pepper
1/4 finely chopped red chilli
1/2 garlic clove
5 or 6 sprigs of chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ras el-hanout
1/4 teaspoon ground dried coriander
1 egg, beaten

Mix all the ingredients, and put them in a sieve over a bowl to get rid of the excess liquid and let it marinate for at least 1/2 hour in fridge, for the flavours to combine.

Shape into medium balls and flatten them a little bit. Bake on a slightly oiled foil sheet, on a baking tray at 180 degrees for 20 minutes. Or you can also pan fry them.

16 comentarios:

  1. OMIGOD, this is absolutely gorgeous! Pls send some to Hong Kong!!! LOL

  2. Pity these are absolutely tasty and yummy!!! gloria

  3. These look so yummy. They are the answer to Girl Mimi’s question. She was at the meat market today and saw ground lamb and asked what we could make with it. Now all I have to do is find the ras el hanout. Do you have a suggestion for substitution if I can't find it?

  4. goodness these look delicious. thanks for coming over to say hello!

  5. kennyt, gloria and jen, thanks a lot, try and make them you will see, they melt in your mouth!

    Hi Mimi, if you cant find ras el hanout the meatballs will be nice with the rest of the spices,


  6. These look so delicious and your pictures are so gorgeous! I've bookmarked your blog - looking forward to seeing more of your recipes :)

  7. Congratulations on your post.
    Great recipe and beautiful pictures x

  8. Pity, I love these meatballs made of lamb!! And the middle eastern spices, I will have to find ;) Besitos!!

  9. Pity, these koftas look delicious, can't wait to make them

  10. Hola Pity, te agradezco el comentario, sobretodo porque acabo de empezar este proyecto que llevaba mucho tiempo dando vueltas... espero saber traducir bien tu blog, jejeje, un fuerte abrazo desde Valencia

  11. I love koftas. We ( Turks )make a lot of different kind of them. Yours looks so delicious.

  12. They look so flavorful! I love Köfte! Nice blue skies...



  13. I just recently got into Middle Eastern food this year, and have found that I love it. Those koftas look absolutely delicious, I love the ingredients. I'll definitely have to make this sometime.

    Your blog is lovely, by the way!

  14. I love koftas, and these look delicious! Beautiful pictures as well!

  15. Mmmm yummieee. Your koftas are delicious! We say ¨ lekker¨ in dutch.

  16. Looks very delicious. I love kofta, It's one my favorites. Great outdoor photos.