Samarna’s Mutthiya Kebabs

My sister works with plenty of great cooks, but Samarna stands out as a truly exceptional home cook – she invited me to her kitchen earlier this year to cook, and made the most amazing ground meat kebabs – like large meatballs she shaped in the palm of her hands. They were simple, but delicious – you could make them with ground beef or lamb, and mix together a quick tzatziki to dip them in or dribble overtop. The perfect kind of food when you have a few extra people at the table.

Mutthiya Kebabs
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Kebabs
  1. 2 lbs ground beef or lamb
  2. 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  3. 1 bread slice, finely crumbled with your hands
  4. 2 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  5. 1 tsp ground cumin
  6. 1 tsp chili powder
  7. ¼ tsp black pepper
  8. ½ tsp turmeric
  9. ½ tsp garam masala
  10. 1 tsp salt
Sauce
  1. 1 cup oil
  2. 1 onion, finely chopped
  3. 1 tbsp ginger & garlic paste
  4. 4 tomatoes, chopped
  5. 1 green chili, seeded and chopped
  6. 1 tsp red chili powder
  7. ½ tsp turmeric
  8. 1 tbsp ground coriander
  9. 1 tsp cumin
  10. ¼ tsp black pepper
  11. ½ tsp garam masala
  12. 1 tsp salt
  13. fresh cilantro for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix the meat, onion, bread crumbs, ginger-garlic paste, spices and salt with your hands. (When well-blended, the meat will change colour, becoming a little darker.) Shape the meat mixture into oval kebabs about the size of a small egg. Fry in oil in a shallow pan until they’re lightly brown all over. Set aside.
  2. In a pot set over medium-high heat, heat the oil and cook the onions, stirring constantly, until golden. Add the ginger-garlic paste and stir for a few seconds. Blend the tomatoes and chili and stir them in. Add the spices in the order given, stirring after each. Fry for two minutes, then add 2 cups of water, reduce heat, cover and cook for 5 to 7 minutes. Stir well and reduce heat to low.
  3. When the water has evaporated and oil has risen to the top, add the kebabs. Fry for a minute and add another two cups of water, cover and cook for 10 minutes, turning the kebabs every few minutes. When the oil has risen to the top again and the gravy is the consistency of Greek yogurt, serve topped with cilantro.
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Ingredients
  1. 4 mild Italian or herb-flavored 4 pork sausages
  2. 3 tbsp olive oil, divided 45 mL
  3. 4 6-inch (15 cm) Greek-style pitas 4
  4. (no pockets), naan or
  5. other flatbread
  6. Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  7. 2 red-skinned apples, thinly sliced 2
  8. 4 oz mild blue cheese, such as 125 g
  9. Cambozola, sliced, or Stilton,
  10. crumbled (see tip, opposite)
  11. 3 cups packed arugula or baby spinach 750 mL
  12. 1⁄4 cup chopped toasted pecans 60 mL
  13. (see tip, opposite)
  14. 2 to bottled honey Dijon 30 to
  15. 3 tbsp salad dressing 45 mL
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Remove sausages from casings and crumble. In a large skillet, heat 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the oil over medium heat. Add sausage and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, for 6 to 8 minutes or until well browned. Using a slotted spoon, transfer sausage to a plate lined with paper towels.
  3. Place pitas on 2 large baking sheets. Brush tops with the remaining oil. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Arrange apple slices on pitas, followed by a layer of cheese. Scatter sausage on top.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until cheese has melted and edges of pitas are browned.
  5. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss arugula and pecans with salad dressing. Cut each pita into quarters, then place on serving plates and push the pieces back together. Top each pita with arugula mixture.
  6. Serve immediately. Serves 4.
Notes
  1. Tip: Toasting nuts, seeds and shredded coconut helps to bring out their flavor. Although you can toast them in the oven, we have more success - and fewer burnt nuts - on the stovetop. Spread nuts, seeds or coconut in a dry nonstick skillet and cook over medium heat, shaking or stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes or until fragrant and lightly browned. Tip nuts onto a cold plate to stop the cooking process and let cool completely.
  2. Variation: For more kid appeal, replace the blue cheese with shredded sharp (old) Cheddar. You can also substitute canned peach slices, thoroughly drained, for the apples.
  3. Variation: Mango, tangerine, pear or other fruit-flavored salad dressings also work well with this recipe.
  4. Variation
  5. Orange Dijon Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil, 1 tbsp (15 mL) cider vinegar, 1 tbsp (15 mL) freshly squeezed orange juice, 1 tsp (5 mL) granulated sugar, 1⁄2 tsp (2 mL) Dijon mustard and salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Toss with the arugula and pecans instead of the bottled dressing.
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