Friday, February 18, 2011

Chicken Kofta with Red Capsicum and Walnut Sauce

Kofta refers to a Middle Eastern or Asian style meatball.  My family often ask me for this dish and I'm only too happy to oblige because it's so quick and easy to prepare.  The chicken kofta serves well with crispy baked potatoes, a salad, and of course, the walnut and capiscum sauce.  In fact, the walnut and capscium sauce is especially versatile.  Not only is it perfect in this dish - either with the meat or dolloped onto the crsipy potato - but it is also ideal to have as a light snack with toasted turkish bread. 
Makes roughly 12 +


Ingredients for Kofta
700g chicken mince
1 large brown onion, chopped finely
1 1/2 stale breadcrumbs (freshly made, not packet made)
1 egg
1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander
1/2 tsp gruond cinnamon
3 tsp ground cumin
1 generous pinch paprika
+ crispy baked potatoes, to serve
+ green salad, to serve

Method for Kofta
In a bowl, combine the chicken mince, onion, breadcrumbs, egg, coriander and spices.  Get handfuls of the mixture (roughly 1/4 cup worth) and shape into slightly flattened sausage shapes.  Insert skewer.  Make all koftas.  Place koftas on tray; cover and refridgerate for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes, cook koftas in a pan until cooked through, say 15 minutes.  Serve with walnut sauce, crispy potatoes and salad. 

Ingredients for Red Capsicum and Walnut Sauce
2 medium red capiscums
1/3 cup walnuts
2 tbsp stale breadcrumbs (freshly made, not packet made)
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp ground cumin
2 tbsp olive oil


Method for Red Capsicum and Walnut Sauce
Quarter capsciums; discard seeds and membranes.  Cook on a heated oiled grill plate, skin-side down, uncovered, until skin blisters and blackens.  Remove from grill. Cover capscium pieces with plastic wrap or paper for 5 minutes; peel away skin.  If skin doesn't peel away, you haven't cooked capscium enough.  Blend or process capscium with remaining ingredients for sauce until smooth.

30 comments:

  1. looks delicious! i love your introductions, they are always so well written :)

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  2. this really does look like a good Kofta... a dish I love to eat and have not thought about doing myself, so it's great to be inspired... thanks x

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  3. I love koftas... Not only beacause it is so easy to prepare, but because it's tasty. This sauce look pretty good to me too!

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  4. Yumm!! Your kofta's look delicious!

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  6. I would like this! It takes such simple ingredients and makes them more interesting.

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  7. How ironic, this sauce sounds a lot like the one I just posted in my blog today! I'll have to try a rendition of mine using walnuts now- Thanks for the great idea. :)

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  8. mmm...that look delish!

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  9. Thanks for this one Brittany, have bookmarked it, it looks delicious. Diane

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  10. Loving every recipe you have, young lady. How can I loose some kgs, while visiting you. I need to rid 2 more kgs b4 Beach 2011 §;-)

    Ahh... who cares, love to try.

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  11. Delicious looking koftas. Your walnut sauce sounds really yummy too, love the flavour of roasted red capsicum in it!

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  12. Your kofta look incredibly good! I love the sound of the walnut sauce too. So delicious together.

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  13. I'm so glad you visited my page, your recipes look wonderful! I visited Melbourne for a summer and loved it. I hope you get to Paris soon - save your money and keep dreaming! -diane

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  14. i get so excited when i see cinnamon in savory dishes--i would LOVE your kofta! the sauce is pretty fierce too, and i can see how it would complement so many things!

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  15. I can understand why your family ask for these Koftas so often - delicious!

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  16. I have never had this dish. It sounds wonderful with all of those yummy spices and that delicious sauce:)

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  17. la sauce qui les accompagne ne peut être que succulent, un vrai régal
    bonne journée

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  18. These sound so good. I also love the sauce you created to go with them. These will make a great meal. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  19. This reminds me of a dish we make in our neck of the woods; delicious in your version, light and the sauce is so full of flavor!

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  20. These sound wonderful Brittany, and the walnut sauce sound divine!
    Have a lovely weekend.
    xx,
    Tammy

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  21. Yum... The capsicum and walnut sauce sound so very different! I have heard of kofta before but never made it.

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  22. This sounds so good! I love any meat on a stick!

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  23. the chick is my favorit dish and this dish

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