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"Kafta" Kebabs

3 Reviews
67% would make this recipe again

Minced meat with onions, parsley, and spices.

These patties are popular throughout the Middle East. They can be made with lamb or beef, normally served with flat bread, yogurt, and salads.

Preparation : 20 min Cooking : 10 min
390 calories/serving
  • Easy
  • Gluten Free
  • Nuts & Peanuts Free
  • Halal
  • Kid-friendly
  • Diabetes-friendly

Ingredients

1 red onions, finely chopped 150 g
1/2 bunch Italian parsley, fresh, finely chopped 50 g
460 g ground beef, lean
1 tsp ground coriander 3 g
2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped 6 g
1/2 cup yogurt, plain, 2% 130 g
4 corn tortillas 180 g
1 tbsp olive oil 15 mL
salt [optional]
ground pepper to taste [optional]
2 tsp curry powder [optional] 6 g

Before you start

These patties can be cooked using either an outdoor grill or in a pan on the stovetop.

Method

  1. Finely chop the onion and parsley, then put them in a bowl. Add the ground beef and ground coriander. Add salt and pepper. For a more piquant flavour, you may add the curry powder. Stir well until the mixture is well combined and smooth. Chill for about 10 minutes in the refrigerator to firm up the meat mixture.
  2. The traditional kaftas are sausage-shaped : little balls are made first, then threaded onto skewers and moulded into log shapes about 10 cm long and 3 cm thick. However, it is perfectly acceptable to shape the kaftas into regular patties.
  3. Cook the « kaftas » on a lightly oiled hot grill for about 10 min, until the outside is golden brown and the inside loses its pink colour. Turn the patties once halfway through the cooking. Alternatively, heat a nonstick heavy-bottom pan. Add the « kaftas » and cook for about 10 min, turning them once.
  4. While the meat is cooking, chop the mint and mix it with the yogurt in a small bowl. Place the « kaftas » on tortillas then serve with the yogurt dip on the side.

Nutrition Facts Table

per 1 Serving (220g)

Amount

% Daily Value

Calories

390

Fat

18 g

27 %

Saturated 6.1 g
+ Trans 0 g

31 %

Cholesterol

60 mg

Sodium

100 mg

4 %

Carbohydrate

28 g

9 %

Fibre

4 g

15 %

Sugars

4 g

Protein

28 g

Vitamin A

17 %

Vitamin C

31 %

Calcium

16 %

Iron

30 %

Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Vegetables and Fruits : ¾ serving
Grain Products : 1 ¾ servings
Milk and Alternatives : ¼ serving
Meat and Alternatives : 1 ¼ servings

Claims

This recipe is :
Low  :
Sodium
Source of  :
Copper, Fibre, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B1, Vitamin D, Vitamin E
Good source of  :
Calcium, Manganese, Vitamin A, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C
Excellent source of  :
Folacin, Iron, Magnesium, Niacin, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Vitamin B12, Vitamin K, Zinc
Free  :
Added Sugar

DIABETES Exchange

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Food Group Exchanges
Starches 1
Vegetables ½
Milk and Alternatives 0
Meat and Alternatives 3
Fats 3

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3 Reviews (3 with rating only ) 67% would make this recipe again