Kofta

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This one might not be a household staple, but rest assured you can buy it in a box, ready made, on the stick and ready to clog up your intestines.  There are of course, multiple ways of making it, but the way I will show you is simple delicious. We’re not going to add nuts or too much spice in keeping with the theme, but obviously, the homemade pita and fresh ground spices will put yours way above the supermarket variety.

Tools:

  • Knife
  • 2 Bowls
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Pizza stone if you have one, baking sheet if you don’t
  • BBQ
  • Garlic press
  • Tongs
  • Skewers (steel are best)

Ingredients:

Pita:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp yeast
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oi
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Kofta:

  • 500g Ground lamb, ground beef, or a combo
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, ground
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds, ground
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley

Garnish:

  • Sliced tomato
  • Yogurt
  • Harissa
  • Slice onion
  • Greens

Directions:

Mix all the pita ingredients together in a bowl and knead until you have a nice an elastic ball.  Leave 1 hour. After the hour, place the stone or sheet in the oven and preheat to 400ºF. Start the BBQ.  Mix all the kofta ingredients together, obviously chop the parsley and crush the garlic.  Mix well with your hands.  Take out a ball of mix  a slightly less than a tennis ball sized, slide a skewer through and form around the skewer sort of like a hot dog shape.  Repeat until the skewers are all made.  Turn the BBQ to medium and get the skewers on.  Cut the pita dough into 6 pieces, form into balls and roll out into 2mm thick disks.  Carefully place them in the oven on the stone or sheet, you will most likely need to do this in batches.  They will need about 5 minutes each.  Make sure they don’t burn, they should puff up into pockets. When the pitas are done  and kofta are cooked, serve with the garnishes.  Excellent.

-Jonathan Thompson

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