Laziz…

Laziz is the arabic word meaning “tasty.”  In order to motivate me to learn to cook middle eastern cuisine (and to share the fun of learning how to make it from local ladies) I”ll try to regularly add recipes our new neighbors and friends teach me on this page.

KOFTA

I went to the market in search of ground beef in order to make spaghetti.  To my delight, they had in the same kind of packaging we’d buy it in back in the states.  So, I got some.  But, when I got home, Chris read the Arabic (which I could not read) and asked, “you got lamb kofta!?”  I was shocked!  I had no idea I’d gotten lamb kofta.  Thus.. I had to quickly learn how to make lamb kofta!  I baked it and it turned out pretty well, but I bet it would be even better on a skewer on the grill…  Kofta can include many ingredients, here are several options, take your pick.  But first, buy ground lamb.. or beef…!

The basic ingredients:  1 tsp ground cumin, 2 tsp ground coriander, 2 crushed garlic cloves, crushed, 1 tbsp chopped mint

You could also add: finely chopped red onion, parsley, cinnamon, tomato paste, readcrumbs/egg, salt and pepper, cayenne pepper, and ginger

I wish I had thought to take a picture for you of our finished product, but, since we had it with a tomato salad, it looked pretty much like this…

Lamb Kofta with chickpea rice

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