Turkish Lamb Kofte

Often, I am unsure if I am doing the right thing. What can I say? It’s my first time and each corner I turn, each crossroad I stand at makes me stop and think “What next?”, “Where do I go from here?”

Being a mother is an adventure of a lifetime. And I know I only have one chance at this so I better make sure that I do this thing called “raising a child” right. Fortunately or unfortunately, we were never handed out instruction manuals when our children were born. I wish that manual was given to us along with their birth certificates! Don’t you agree?!

There are days when I wish I had that manual. I’d jump to the appropriate section and look up where my kid is troubleshooting and find a quick fix for the problem. It does not work that way though and as parents we are often left scratching our heads and looking for the solution to the current tantrum. It is like looking for a needle in a haystack.

But children grow too soon and along the way I have learned a few tricks. I still do not have all the answers, but I have learned to trust my instincts. Although it is still scary, at the same time, parenting is wonderfully exciting and rewarding.

One thing that I have learned along the path is “that everything is just a phase!” I keep that labeled in my mind. Sometimes I wish I could permanently write it on my daughter’s forehead so that I do not forget to stop for a breath when my patience is really being pushed to the limit.

My instincts tell me to ride along this roller coaster of phases, after all she needs to develop, to discover and to learn to make her own decisions. I am doing my best to guide her rather that desperately fight these phases and I realize how immensely liberating it is when we progress through these phases together, like a team.

More power to all you lovely mommies. You are doing a great job!! And always remember you are so much stronger than you think.

Over to the recipe, today’s dish is a tasty and simple middle-eastern meatball. Contrary to popular belief, meatballs are not only an Italian dish. Throughout history, many nations and cultures have laid claim on the humble meatball. The meatball now has many variations which accommodate different tastes, ingredients, and even religious traditions.

Meatballs have been found in many parts of the world. In Asian, Middle Eastern and North African cooking the kofta is found in rissoles, croquettes, and dumplings, where they are made of ground or mashed meat, which is mixed with ingredients such as rice, bulgur or vegetables. In India, koftas can be made with fish, or even without meat, using only veggies. Kofta may also have a spicy filling and contain nuts, cheeses, or egg.

And Turkey boasts of over 80 types of meatballs, each type made just a bit differently according to its region of origin!

This dish completely supports my motto_ ‘Food is comfort’!_ But it has to be good, healthy and wholesome. A fusion of flavors to arm us for the next exciting roller coaster ride. To remind us that a good meal brings us together as a family and simply allows us to enjoy each other keeping aside everyone’s worries and fears.

These meatballs are made with lean ground beef, infused with freshly chopped parsley and other aromatic spices. They are succulent and full of flavor. And a sure hit with your little ones. Do try.

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Turkish Lamb Kofte
Delicious Turkish Lamb Kofte.
Course appetizer
Cuisine arabic
Servings
Ingredients
  • 500 grams lamb / beef minced
  • 1 onion medium , grated
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • pinch allspice
  • I always add a generous sprinkling, so adjust quantity as per your taste
  • pinch black pepper freshly ground
  • adjust as per spice tolerance
  • pinch chilli flakes
  • adjust as per spice tolerance
  • pinch paprika sweet/ regular
  • pinch cumin ground
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • parsley freshly chopped
Course appetizer
Cuisine arabic
Servings
Ingredients
  • 500 grams lamb / beef minced
  • 1 onion medium , grated
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • pinch allspice
  • I always add a generous sprinkling, so adjust quantity as per your taste
  • pinch black pepper freshly ground
  • adjust as per spice tolerance
  • pinch chilli flakes
  • adjust as per spice tolerance
  • pinch paprika sweet/ regular
  • pinch cumin ground
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • parsley freshly chopped
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients together with your hands, kneading until smooth.
  2. Wet your hands and roll walnut-sized pieces of mixture into balls. Flatten them slightly.
  3. Fry the kofte on a lightly oiled chargrill pan, for a few minutes on each side till cooked through.
  4. You can also cook these meatballs in the oven at 180 degree Celsius till they are cooked through and browned.
Recipe Notes

These meatballs serves as appetizers/starters are a sure crowd pleaser

These are kid-friendly and can be thrown into snack or lunch boxes along with freshly chopped salads.

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