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Silverbeet and feta kibbeh with kasundi


"I've been on the hunt for a really good kibbeh recipe and recently I discovered a great version at Hobart's Berta. Please can you print their recipe for me?"
Salma Campbell, Annandale, NSW

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You'll need

300 gm floury potatoes (such as sebago) 100 gm coarse burghul, soaked in cold water for 5 minutes and squeezed dry 30 gm plain flour ¼ tsp each ground allspice, ground cinnamon, ground cumin and ground coriander For deep-frying: vegetable oil For serving: lemon wedges   Kasundi 1 tbsp olive oil 1 Spanish onion, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, finely chopped ½ long red chilli, finely chopped 1 tsp each cumin and smoked paprika 700 gm tomato passata Pinch of caster sugar 1 cup (loosely packed) coarsely chopped coriander   Kibbeh filling 2 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, finely diced 1 garlic clove, finely sliced 300 gm silverbeet leaves, coarsely chopped 35 gm (¼ cup) pine nuts, toasted ¼ tsp each allspice and ground cumin 100 gm Persian feta   Cucumber salad 2 Lebanese cucumbers, shaved lengthways on a mandolin 1 cup (loosely-packed) coriander leaves ¼ bunch baby parsley leaves 1 long red chilli, finely sliced 6 heirloom radishes, thinly sliced on a mandolin 150 gm (about 8) heirloom tomatoes, halved

Method

  • 01
  • For kasundi, heat olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat and cook onion, garlic and chilli until soft (8 minutes), then add spices and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add passata and sugar and stir occasionally until thickened (15-17 minutes), then season to taste, add coriander, stir to combine and keep warm.
  • 02
  • Preheat oven to 120C. Cover potatoes with cold salted water in a saucepan over medium-high heat and boil until tender (45 minutes). Drain and peel, then dry for 10 minutes in oven. Pass through a potato ricer or push through a coarse sieve, then add burghul, flour and spices, season with a ¼ tsp of salt and ground black pepper, mix well to combine and set aside.
  • 03
  • For kibbeh filling, heat olive oil in a saucepan over low heat, add onion and garlic, and cook until tender and golden (10-12 minutes). Increase heat to medium, add silverbeet with 60ml water and cook until leaves are wilted (3 minutes). Spread silverbeet mixture on a tray to cool completely, then combine with pine nuts, spices and feta in a bowl, season to taste and set aside until required.
  • 04
  • Take a 40gm ball of potato mixture and flatten on a sheet of baking paper to a 4mm-thick disc about 12cm in diameter and place a 45gm ball of filling in the centre and shape dough around filling to form a seamless oval. Repeat with remaining potato mixture and filling. Heat vegetable oil in a deep saucepan to 180C and fry kibbeh in batches (be careful, hot oil will spit) until golden and crisp (4-5 minutes). Drain on paper towels and season to taste with sea salt.
  • 05
  • For cucumber salad, combine ingredients in a bowl and serve with silverbeet and feta kibbeh, warm kasundi and a wedge of lemon.

Note At Berta these kibbeh are served with a herb yoghurt.


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  • Serves 4 people
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