When I first came across this recipe in my Cooking Light Quick Cooking cookbook I didn't even know what a Kofte was. So I checked out wikipedia and learned the following:
"Kofte is a Middle Eastern and South Asian meatball or meatloaf.
In the simplest form, koftas consist of balls of minced or ground meat—usually beef or lamb—mixed with spices and/or onions. The vegetarian varieties, like lauki kofta and shahi aloo kofta, are popular in India."
Sounds simple and delicious to me. Guess who else thought the same, my husband! Yes, this meal was shared with him and he had seconds!
You will need some pita bread, allspice, cinnamon, cumin, red pepper, tomato paste, a tomato, (oops missed the photo shoot) garlic, bread crumbs, ground meat of your choice, onion, yogurt and an egg.
OR you can use flax seed meal mixed with water instead of an egg. I have just discovered this little trick and it works great! Eggs are on the husbands NO WAY NEVER list so he was excited to see that I found an alternative. You can see him lurking in the picture above, but he is not inspecting the ingredients, he is actually on the phone with my nephew helping him study for his spelling test. Because he is totally awesome like that :)
OK lets get cooking. Preheat your broiler and lets go!
I first mixed my flax and water as it needs a couple of minutes to combine.
Chopping the onion is really the only prep!
Combine everything but the pita, yogurt and tomato.
Form them into patties on a pan sprayed with cooking spray and get them in the broiler. Flip them after about 4 minutes and then cook another 4. While these cook slice up your tomato. I missed getting photos of this because I was busy opening windows to get the smoke out of my kitchen.
I have never broiled meat this way, but it was a smoky endeavor! And I should have used a more substantial pan instead of my cheap $5 cookie sheet.
But they turned out delicious, and the best thing about the $5 pan is I can just throw it out and start over. But I was able to clean this up pretty easily.
Line the inside of the pita with the yogurt, stuff a patty in there and top with tomato. Seriously this was so delicious. The spices in the meat are not over powering at all, it is just enough to make you stop and wonder what that yummy flavor is. As I said earlier, my husband, Tom, had two of these and had the leftovers the next day. I apologize the photo is not so great, the table kept shaking...
Earthquake, you ask??
Nope, hungry Boston Terrier wants to give this a try :)
I hope you all have a great weekend!