Spiced Almond Keftas

by Betty Bee


This is a flavoursome meat free alternative to the traditional lamb kefta ot kofta. Make them as spicy as you dare and serve with a bowl of thick natural yogurt with some mint stirred through it, or just a squeeze of lemon.

Serves 4

1 large onion  finely chopped
425 g tinned white beans, drained
200 g ground almonds
3 cloves of garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
Ground chili pepper to taste
1 egg
Salt, pepper
Vegetable oil

Heat  a tablespoon of oil in a frying pan, add the onions and garlic and cook until golden. Add the cumin, coriander and chili powder and contiue to cook for a further minute. Remove from the heat.

Place the onion, garlic and spices in a food processor with the drained beans, ground almonds, egg and some salt and pepper.  Process untill a smooth dough is formed.

Using floured hands form the dough into sausages around eight skewers.  Brush with oil and cook on a barbeque or under a hot gril for about five minutes, turning once.

Serve immediately with naan and salad and some natural yogurt.  Enjoy.