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Friday, June 15, 2018

GRILLED LAMB KOFTAS WITH CUCUMBER RAITA

                                                







BY JENNIFER BARTOLI AND THE CANADIAN LIVING TEST KITCHEN

This recipe is featured on: Quick and easy dinners that will be on the table in 30 minutes or less

The grilled koftas are also delicious served with hummus and a cucumber-and-tomato salad instead of pitas.

Portion size 4 servings
Credits: Canadian Living Magazine: August 2015

INGREDIENTS
Cucumber Raita:
1/2 cup plain Balkan-style yogurt
1/3 cup grated peeled cucumber squeezed and patted dry
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
2 teaspoons lime juice
1 clove garlic finely grated or pressed
pinch each salt and pepper
Koftas:
450 g ground lamb
half small onion finely chopped
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
4 cloves garlic minced
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil
8 pitas
1 cup coleslaw mix or shredded cabbage
1 lime cut into wedges (optional)

METHOD
Cucumber Raita: In a small bowl, stir together yogurt, cucumber, mint, lime juice, garlic, salt, and pepper. Set aside.

Koftas: In a large bowl, stir together lamb, onion, cilantro, garlic, chili powder, coriander, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Form into eight 4-inch (10 cm) long sausage-shaped ovals, pressing to pack.

Thread onto 8 metal or soaked wooden skewers; brush koftas all over with oil. Place on greased grill over medium-high heat; close lid and grill, turning once, until grill-marked and no longer pink inside and an instant-read thermometer inserted in several reads 160°F (71°C), 8 to 10 minutes.

To finish: While koftas are cooking, grill pitas over medium-high heat, turning once, until warmed and grill-marked, about 2 minutes. Top pitas with raita, coleslaw, and koftas. Serve with lime wedges (if using).

Tip from The Test Kitchen: For a thick and creamy raita, squeeze and pat dry the grated cucumber before stirring it into the yogurt.

NUTRITIONAL FACTS
per serving: about
Fibre4 gSodium988 mgSugars4 gProtein34 gCalories571.0Total fat16 gPotassium604 mgCholesterol60 mgSaturated fat6 gTotal carbohydrate74 g%RDI
Iron40.0Fibre0.0Folate55.0Calcium18.0Vitamin A11.0Vitamin C15.0

http://www.canadianliving.com/food/recipe/grilled-lamb-koftas-with-cucumber-raita

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