Grilled Kofta with Zucchini Sauce
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This week we dove into a summery garden spread from Oman. Kofta are grilled hand-formed sausages enjoyed in Oman and neighboring countries. In fact, versions of kofta are enjoyed as far east as India (although these are typically served in meatball form). These Omani kofta sizzle with earthy cumin, warm flutterings of cinnamon, and are rounded out by coriander seed, fresh parsley and cilantro.The sauce – entirely vegan, by the way – is loaded up with fresh zucchini, garlic, parlsey and such a little sprinkle of mint, noone will know what your secret ingredient is. You can make it as spicy as you’d like with red pepper flakes (or go wild with cayenne, if you must).P.S. This sauce would be great for a variation on our vegetarian Shakshouka that we made back with Israel. Shakshouka is also enjoyed in Oman.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 30 minutes
Grilled Kofta with Zucchini Sauce
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This week we dove into a summery garden spread from Oman. Kofta are grilled hand-formed sausages enjoyed in Oman and neighboring countries. In fact, versions of kofta are enjoyed as far east as India (although these are typically served in meatball form). These Omani kofta sizzle with earthy cumin, warm flutterings of cinnamon, and are rounded out by coriander seed, fresh parsley and cilantro.The sauce – entirely vegan, by the way – is loaded up with fresh zucchini, garlic, parlsey and such a little sprinkle of mint, noone will know what your secret ingredient is. You can make it as spicy as you’d like with red pepper flakes (or go wild with cayenne, if you must).P.S. This sauce would be great for a variation on our vegetarian Shakshouka that we made back with Israel. Shakshouka is also enjoyed in Oman.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 30 minutes
Ingredients
For the kofta:
  • 1 lb ground beef – OR –
  • ground lamb
  • 1 Tbsp parsley , finely chopped (about a handful)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh cilantro , finely chopped
  • 1 tiny red onions , minced
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • salt
  • pepper
For the Zucchini Sauce:
  • 3 medium zucchini
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 28 oz canned tomatoes (diced)
  • red pepper flakes , to taste
  • handful parsley , freshly chopped (2 Tbsp)
  • handful mint , freshly chopped (2 Tbsp)
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • salt
  • pepper
Servings: people
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Instructions
  1. Mix the beef with the parsley, cilantro, red onion, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, salt and pepper. Knead for a few minutes, until the meat clears the sides of the bowl and the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  2. Roll the meat into 8 finger shaped Kofta. Dipping your clean fingers in a little water will help keep the meat from sticking. Cover and refrigerate until needed (at least 30 minutes for the flavors to mellow).
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the chunky, bright zucchini sauce – an entire garden in every bite.
  4. Fry the zucchini and garlic in olive oil until slightly browned. Add on the chili flakes, herbs, diced tomatoes, salt and pepper. A splash of vinegar brightens up the flavor. Simmer uncovered for just ten minutes.
  5. Grill the kofta over medium high heat until cooked through.
  6. Fill a large platter with the zucchini sauce and pile on the kofta. Garnish with more parsley and serve with rice and flatbread.