Middle Eastern Lamb Meatballs

Middle Eastern Lamb Meatballs

  • Serves: 16 meatballs
  • Prep Time: 00:25
  • Cooking Time: 00:20
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These sweet and spicy flavoured lamb meatballs, aka Kofta are a perfect finger food. Delicious on their own or dipped into my Mint Dressing. This recipe is for small meatballs with entertaining in mind, but can be made into larger portions and fried as hamburgers.

Ingredients

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  • 1 lge egg(s), lighly beaten
  • 1 medium onion(s), finely diced or grated
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp coriander, ground
  • 1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom, ground
  • 1/2 tsp pink Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper, ground
  • 1/4 tsp cloves, ground
  • 3 Tbsp golden flaxseed (fine ground)
  • 1/4 cup chopped mint leaves
  • 600g lamb mince
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil, or ghee (for cooking)
  • MINT DRESSING:
  • 3/4 cup coconut yoghurt
  • 3 Tbsp finely chopped mint leaves
  • 1/3 tsp pink Himalayan salt
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper

Directions

To a large bowl add egg and lighly beat. Add finely dice onion (I like to chop through the diced onion with my knife to make it as fine as possible).

Add spices and seasonings and mix through. Add flaxseed and mint to bowl and mix well.

Add lamb mince. Use clean hands to thoroughly mix ingredients together well. Shape mixture into 16 balls.

Preheat oven to 160c and line an oven tray to keep the meatballs warm. Heat a frying pan on medium - high, then add oil.

Add half of the meatballs to the heated pan and cook for 8 - 10 minutes or until cooked through, turn gently with tongs to brown all sides. Remove to lined tray and place in the oven to keep warm. Repeat with remaining meatball mixture, add more oil as needed.

To serve, spoon Mint Dressing over meatballs or use as a dipping sauce (for finger food add toothpicks to your meat balls).

To Make Mint Dressing: Add to a small bowl, yoghurt, finely chopped mint leaves, salt and pepper. Stir well to mix all the ingredients together.

egg(s)

I have used large free range or organic eggs from a 700g carton in my recipes. Eggs are one of the few foods considered to be a complete protein because they contain all 9 essential amino acids, also studies have shown that lutein (yellow colour) in egg yolks protects against the progress of early heart disease.

onion(s)

In my recipes when listing onion I am referring to a brown (also called yellow) onion. Onions are members of the allium plant family which also includes garlic, leeks, spring onions and shallots. Onions are valued more for the flavour they impart in cooking than for their nutritional content. Onions are know for their antibacterial effect helping to prevent superficial infections and their sulfur compounds may block carcinogens.

cumin

Cumin is a medium - hot spice which blends well in curries and is the main spice in the Middle Eastern dip, hummus. It is being studied for potential anti-oxidant and anticancer effects.

coriander

Coriander is also know as cilantro. The fresh chopped green leaves in large amounts are a good source of vitamin C. The fresh leaves are an ingredient in many Indian, Thai, and Mexican dishes. They are usually tossed through just before serving as the heat can diminish the flavour. The dried fruits are known as coriander seeds, the seeds have a lemony citrus flavour when crushed. The word coriander in food preparation may only be referring to the ground seeds not the plant.

smoked paprika

Paprika is a relative of the chili pepper. Smoked paprika is used to add a sweet mildly spicy flavour to dishes and it adds a warm natural colour. Use organic smoked paprika, my favourite brands are Simply Organic or Frontier (I purchase online at iherb).

cinnamon

I am sure you will notice as you read my recipes that cinnamon appears quite frequently. It lends itself to savoury and sweet dishes. I have used ground cinnamon in my recipes if not stated otherwise. The best cinnamon to use is Ceylon (Verum). It has huge health benefits in regulating blood sugar levels. Cinnamon has antifungal properties and candida (yeast overgrowth) cannot live in a cinnamon environment. Added to food it inhibits bacterial growth, making it a natural food preservative and these are just a few of the benefits.

cardamom

Cardamom spice has a strong unique taste, with an intensely aromatic fragrance. Cardamom comes ground or in whole seeds. It's a common ingredient in Indian, Scandinavian and Middle Eastern dishes, it is used in sweet and savoury baking and drinks. This exotic spiced is know for it's antioxidant, disease preventing health promoting properties. Cardamom is a good source of minerals like potassium, calcium and magnesium, it is also helpful for digestion. Purchase organic cardamom (I use the Simply Organic brand).

pink Himalayan salt

Raw pink Himalayan salt crystals is unlike common table salt which can be a highly refined industrial byproduct, otherwise know as sodium chloride. Himalayan salt is completely pure and may naturally balance the body's alkaline/acidity and regulate water content. In addition Himalayan salt helps in the absorption of nutrients from food and contains many trace minerals for healthy cell structure. I purchase fine pink Himalayan crystal salt so I can use it in my shaker and for cooking.

black pepper, ground

Black and white pepper both come from the fruit of a tropical vine. Black pepper is the cooked and dried unripe fruit, know as a peppercorn and white pepper is from the ripe fruit seed. Pepper is usually coupled with salt, sprinkled over or added to food.

cloves

Cloves are one of the highly prized spices, recognised all over the world for their medicinal and culinary qualities. Cloves have a strong distinctive sweet flavour, use the whole bud or ground and just a little goes a long way. The spice contains healthy benefiting essential oils and a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, iron, selenium and magnesium. Cloves also contain a good amount of vitamins A, K, B6, B-1, C and riboflavin. Purchase organic (I use the Simply Organic brand).

golden flaxseed (fine ground)

Golden flaxseed meal is ground linseed. You will find it in many of my recipes. It is also a great egg substitute when mixed with water. Flaxseed is very low in carbohydrates, making it ideal for people who limit their intake of carbs. It is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which is the key force against inflammation in our bodies. Flaxseed must be stored in the fridge. I like to use golden flaxseed as it is lighter in colour, than the brown variety and produces a nicer colour to your baking.

mint leaves

Peppermint is one of the easiest and hardest herbs to grown. Studies have uncovered a variety of health benefits. Mint leave oil is used as a digestive aid, to relieve pain, it has anticancer properties and can help with allergies.

lamb mince

Lamb mince is ground down lamb steak, it can make a meal very economical and versatile. I use it on it's own in a recipe or mixed with other minced meats like beef or pork for extra flavour. Purchase organic and grass fed lamb mince if possible. An excellent source of protein.

coconut oil

Coconut oil is one of the most nutritious fats to cook and bake with. Use organic extra-virgin coconut oil which is unrefined and unbleached from non GMO coconuts. Coconut oil has a high smoking point and it is slow to oxidize due to its high saturated fat content, thus, resistant to going rancid. Some studies suggest coconut oil helps with digestion, including irritable bowel, tummy bugs, candida and parasites due to this oil containing short term medium-chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs), which is a healthy form of saturated fat.

coconut yoghurt

You will be able to find a recipe for cultured coconut yoghurt online using grass fed gelatin or tapioca starch for thickening. If purchasing a commercial yoghurt, read labels as many use vegetable gums and additives. Coconut yoghurt can be made in a yoghurt maker or a Thermomix machine. If you can tolerate some dairy natural organic Greek yoghurt can be used in it's place.

mint leaves

Peppermint is one of the easiest and hardest herbs to grown. Studies have uncovered a variety of health benefits. Mint leave oil is used as a digestive aid, to relieve pain, it has anticancer properties and can help with allergies.

pink Himalayan salt

Raw pink Himalayan salt crystals is unlike common table salt which can be a highly refined industrial byproduct, otherwise know as sodium chloride. Himalayan salt is completely pure and may naturally balance the body's alkaline/acidity and regulate water content. In addition Himalayan salt helps in the absorption of nutrients from food and contains many trace minerals for healthy cell structure. I purchase fine pink Himalayan crystal salt so I can use it in my shaker and for cooking.

white pepper

White pepper is cultivated from the ripe fruit seeds of a tropical vine. Black pepper is the cooked and dried unripe fruit of the vine. White pepper is a little milder in flavour and I use it when I prefer not to have black speckles in my dish, like a white sauce.

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