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Spiced lamb köfte with warm carrot salad

You'll need

1 small Spanish onion, coarsely chopped 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped 60 ml (¼ cup) olive oil 1 tbsp ground coriander 3 tsp fennel seeds 2 tsp each dried chilli flakes and dried mint 800 gm coarsely minced lamb Finely grated rind of 2 lemons To serve: shop-bought hummus, coriander, lemon wedges and warm flatbread   Warm carrot salad 50 ml olive oil ½ Spanish onion, thinly sliced 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 3 carrots, cut into julienne on a mandolin 90 gm thick plain yoghurt Finely grated rind and juice of 1 lemon


  • 01
  • Preheat oven to 200C. Process onion and garlic in a food processor until finely chopped. Heat 30ml oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, add onion mixture, stir occasionally until tender (2-3 minutes). Add ground coriander, spices and mint, cook until fragrant (1 minute). Transfer to a large bowl, refrigerate to cool, add lamb and lemon rind, mix with your hands until mixture comes together (2-3 minutes). Mould ¼-cups of mixture into oval shapes and thread 2 onto each metal skewer.
  • 02
  • Heat remaining oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat, add skewers and cook, turning occasionally, until browned (3-4 minutes). Transfer to oven and cook until cooked to your liking (5-6 minutes for medium).
  • 03
  • For warm carrot salad, heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat, add onion and garlic, stir occasionally until tender (3-4 minutes), add carrot and stir occasionally until tender (4-5 minutes). Remove from heat, add yoghurt, lemon rind and juice, season to taste and serve with lamb köfte, hummus, coriander, lemon wedges and warmed flatbread.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people

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Aug 2012

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