Sweet Pea & Kafta Stew

Or Yakhnit Bazella Belkafta, a Palestinian dish normally made with cubes of lamb according to BBC Good Food magazine.

This more than made up for not eating a proper meal yesterday. It was very tasty although my kaftas were a bit on the large side. I was going to make them as meatballs and seeing as I broke them down anyway, I may as well have.

Mix together equal measures of lamb and beef mince along with finely chopped onion, a finely chopped large tomato, flat leaf parsley, ground allspice, ground nutmeg and ground cumin along with some seasoning. Mix it well and shape into koftas.

In a hot, oiled pan, sear them and then remove from the pan.

Fry shallots and garlic until browned then stir in ground coriander, allspice, black pepper, nutmeg and some cardamon. Stir for a couple of minutes then add diced carrots, stir again and add a couple of tins of chopped tomatoes and a couple of fresh chopped tomatoes along with some stock.

Bring to the boil a cook for about half hour.

Add the kaftas and then cook for a while longer. Adding frozen peas for the last 10 minutes. Serve with whatever you fancy, we had rice.

TWD_1304_Kofta_Stew

The full recipe should be on the BBC Good Food website soon, it’s from the most recent edition.

Using BEEF MINCE, LAMB MINCE, ONION, FRESH TOMATOES, GROUND ALLSPICE, GROUND NUTMEG, GROUND CUMIN, SHALLOTS, GARLIC, GROUND CORIANDER, CARDAMOM, CARROTS, CHOPPED TOMATOES (TINNED), VEG STOCK, FROZEN PEAS and RICE…

This was dinner…13th April 2014.

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