Cooking food on skewers is a brilliant way to make smaller ‘bits and pieces’ feel like something more substantial. Lamb is the traditional meat used for kofta but beef or chicken will be just as delicious.
takes: 20 minutes
200g (7oz) minced (ground) meat
1 teaspoons ground cumin
3-4 tablespoons hummus
1/2 bunch flat leaf parsley, leaves picked, optional
1. Heat an overhead grill (broiler) on a very high heat. Combine meat and cumin. Season. From the mixture into 2 ‘sausages’ with your hands. Thread onto 2 skewers.
2. Cook for 3-4 minutes on the first side, until browned. Turn then cook for another 3-5 minutes or until just cooked.
3. Serve skewers on a bed of hummus with leaves on the side.
OK. Most kebabs work best when fresh but can be served cold wrapped in fresh flat bread with the sauce. Will keep in the fridge for a week or so.
Variations for Serving Sizes
Easy to increase as needed.
minced (ground) meat alternatives – use cubes of tender cuts of meat like pork fillet, lamb fillet, pork neck, beef fillet, steak, chicken breasts or thighs. Fish fillets can also be used. Tofu. Seitan. Chorizo, squid, prawns (shrimp).
vegetarian – replace meat with cubes of veg. We’re looking for veg which will cook in a relatively short amount of time AND hold its shape on the skewer. Zucchini, red capsicum
(bell peppers), mushrooms. Or pre-cooked veg such as sweet potato, pumpkin, potatoes, parsnips, celeriac, fennel. You could also replace the meat with lentils or chickpeas (don’t worry about skewers here).
hummus alternatives – pesto, herb & nut sauce, hoisin sauce or sriracha (chilili sauce). Even ketchup or BBQ sauce.
salad – pretty much any washed salad leaves including baby spinach, rocket (arugula), radicchio or mixed leaves. Also try leafy herbs like parsley, mint, coriander (cilantro) and basil.
paleo (grain, legume & dairy-free) – use broccoli hummus.
carb lovers / more substantial – serve with pita bread or tortillas.
more substantial (low carb) – extra veg. Roast macadamias.
Waste Avoidance Strategy
minced (ground) meat – freeze.
cumin – pantry.
hummus – should keep in the fridge for weeks. Can be frozen.
parsley – use for another meal. Or make parsley pesto (just replace the basil with parsley) or freeze (will wilt though).
Problem Solving Guide
protein dry – it’s important not to overcook the protein as it easily dries out. Best to err on the side of slightly undercooked.
bland – be generous with the seasoning. Next time try a different sauce.
short on time? – skip the threading onto the skewers and just stir fry the cubes of meat until just cooked and serve drizzled with the sauce.
skewers burning – bamboo skewers will burn unless soaked in water first. I tend not to worry about it. You could remove the skewers before serving or invest in a set of metal skewers.
Serve the skewers and sauce with the salad on the side. For a more substantial meal, serve with fresh pita bread.