Make this tasty lamb kebab in your student accommodation

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Everyone has this awful image in their mind when they think about a kebab. A greasy, awful concoction that you THINK is lamb, but to be honest, you can never quite be sure…you’re just hoping to goodness it’s not… well. We won’t say. So why do people eat them if they’re so gross?! The fact is, the kebabs most people think about come courtesy of the local takeaway and are usually consumed after a heavy night out of drinking, when they’re slobbering messes with the remnants still on their faces the next day!

The good news is that there is actually a much healthier and ridiculously tastier alternative out there which will turn your view of this actually very exotic cuisine on its head. Stick a fancy name on it – kofta – and serve it up in a much more appetising way with pitta bread and some salad, and you’ve a much fresher, cheaper option which can actually be enjoyed (imagine that…) at any time of night or day.

Ingredients:
• Lamb mince (500g)
• Small red onion
• 2 cloves of garlic
• 1tsp ground cumin
• 1tsp ground coriander
• 1 tsp ground cinnamon
• 1 small egg, beaten
• Natural Greek yoghurt (200g)
• Half a cucumber
• Handful of fresh mint
• 1 lemon
• Shot of oil
• Few pitta breads
• 2 beef tomatoes

How to cook:
• Dice the red onion and garlic as small as possible.
• Throw into a bowl with all the dried spices, lamb mince, beaten egg and a good pinch of salt and pepper.
• Pound together with your hands to mix.
• Roll it into about 8 kofta (sausage) shapes an pop in some wooden skewers (these are optional).
• Heat a little oil in a frying pan and add the koftas to cook.
• Turn them occasionally to make sure they’ve got a nice golden brown colour all over.
• Slice the cucumber lengthwise, then scrape out and throw away the seedy flesh.
• Chop what’s left of the cucumber and the mint finely.
• Stir the cucumber and mint into the yoghurt with the zest of the lemon and plenty of salt & pepper.
• Toast the pitta breads until crisp before slicing into strips.
• Serve the cooked koftas on a bed of sliced tomatoes with a dollop of tzatziki and the toasted pitta.

Serves 4.

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Posted on 25th November 2014 by Claire L.

Claire Louise Sheridan lives and works in Peterborough. She recently graduated with a degree in English and Communication Studies from the University of Liverpool.

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