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Lamb kebabs and lentils




For the tamarind sauce
2-3 sprigs fresh mint, leaves only
1 tbsp tamarind paste
½ green chilli, finely chopped
½ tsp salt
½ tsp sugar

For the mint yoghurt
5 tbsp plain yoghurt
1 tsp mint sauce
pinch cayenne pepper or chilli powder

For the lamb kebabs
400g/14oz lamb mince
4 shallots, finely chopped
2 fresh green chillies, finely chopped
bunch fresh coriander, finely chopped
1½ tsp salt
1 tsp ground turmeric
2 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chilli powder
1 slice white bread, made into breadcrumbs
freshly ground black pepper
vegetable oil, for frying

For the lentil bites
300g/11oz red split lentils, soaked overnight in cold water, drained
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp ground coriander
½ tsp chilli powder
5 tbsp finely chopped fresh dill
3 tbsp flour
vegetable oil, for frying

Preparation method

For the tamarind sauce, put all the ingredients into a blender with four tablespoons of water and blend until smooth. Transfer to individual dipping bowls or ramekins.

For the mint yoghurt, put all the ingredients into a blender with a pinch of salt and blend until smooth. Transfer to individual dipping bowls or ramekins.

For the lamb kebabs, combine all the ingredients, apart from the vegetable oil, together in a bowl. Season, to taste, with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and knead for a minute or two with clean hands until everything is thoroughly mixed.

Break off small pieces of the mixture and shape into balls, about the size of golf balls.

Pour enough oil into a large frying pan to come about 2cm/¾in up the sides of the pan and place over a high heat. When the oil is hot, add the balls, in batches if necessary to avoid overcrowding the pan, and turn the heat down to medium. Fry for 5-6 minutes, turning occasionally, or until golden-brown and cooked through. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Keep warm.

For the lentil bites, tip the lentils into a food processor and blend until coarsely mashed, but not puréed. Transfer to a bowl and add all the remaining ingredients, apart from the gram flour and vegetable oil. Season, to taste, with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and mix well.

Add one tablespoon of the gram flour and mix thoroughly, then repeat this process until all the gram flour has been incorporated or until the mixture is thick enough to hold its shape.

Pour enough oil into a large frying pan to come about 2cm/¾in up the sides of the pan and place over a medium heat. Test when the oil is hot enough by frying a small piece of onion – if the onion sizzles rapidly in the oil, it is at the correct heat.

Carefully place one tablespoon of the mixture into the oil at a time, repeating until the pan is full but not overcrowded (you may need to fry them in batches). Fry for 5-6 minutes, turning occasionally, until crisp and golden-brown and cooked through. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.

Serve the warm kebabs and lentil bites with the sauces for dipping.

Overnight preparation time
10 to 30 mins cooking time
Serves 4-6


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Vegetable couscous – Algeria




Step 1: Set up
Gather your ingredients for the seven vegetable couscous made in honour of Algeria’s opening World Cup game against Belgium.

Serves 4-6 hands

60ml olive oil
2 onions, chopped
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp turmeric
5 tomatoes
4 carrots, peeled and chopped into 3cm chunks
2 turnips, peeled and chopped into 3cm chunks
1/2 head of cabbage, chopped into 3cm pieces
470ml water plus 1400ml boiling water
2 Courgette (zucchini), chopped into 3cm chunks
1 squash butternut, peeled and chopped into – 3cm chunks
240g (1 can) chickpeas, drained
Salt and pepper to season
1 bunch of coriander, chopped
200g couscous

7 vegetable couscous – Algeria
Algeria didn’t reach full satisfaction against Belgium in their World Cup battle; putting up a well-organised fight, they lacked the final punch, much like this seven vegetable couscous (full disclosure!).

There are 11 steps and 11 pictures in the reppic – Epic Recipe in Pictures – to make this very simple, super-tasty vegetable couscous full of nutrition and goodness.

Full disclosure – this recipe, though easy to pull together for those in a rush, lacked the full depth and punch to do justice to Maghreb cuisine, needing fuller-tasting ingredients and spices to win this game, always going to be a tough one against the land of gourmet that is Belgium.

If you don’t want to take our word for it, give it a shot and let us know what you think, or better still, advise on any better recipe you know of in the comments .

Approximate time 50 minutes to 1 hour -10 minutes preparing the vegetables and 40- 50 minutes cooking time.

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Crispy Fish with Charred Corn and Sun Gold Salsa Recipe




4 boneless white-fleshed fish fillets, 6 to 8 ounces each (such as whitefish or tilapia)
3 fresh juice tablespoons from about 3 limes, plus more to taste
Kosher salt
4 1/2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
3 cups fresh corn kernels, from about 4 ears corn
3 cups Sun Gold tomatoes, quartered
1 to 2 jalapeños, stemmed, seeded, chopped (about 3 tablespoons)
1/2 large white onion, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
2 medium garlic cloves, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
Handful fresh cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup flour
3 tablespoons butter
Place fish fillets on a rimmed baking sheet and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of lime juice and a couple pinches of salt. Set aside for at least 30 minutes.

Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of canola oil in a 12-inch non-stick skillet over high heat until shimmering. Add corn kernels, toss well with a wooden spoon, and then spread evenly out. Cook until starting to char on the bottom, about 2 minutes. Stir well, and cook until corn starts to char again, another 2 minutes. Continue process until corn is evenly charred on all sides but not burnt, 8 to 10 minutes total. Transfer corn to a large bowl. Add the tomatoes, jalapeños, onion, garlic, cilantro, and remaining 1 tablespoon lime juice. Season with salt to taste. Add additional lime juice as necessary. Set aside.

Dry fish fillets on paper towels. Use a fork to mix together flour and a 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt in a large baking dish. Wipe out skillet and return to medium heat. Add butter and heat until melted. Dredge two fish fillets in the flour, shake off the excess, and then carefully place them in the skillet skin-side down. Cook until golden brown on the bottom, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip and brown on the other side, another 3 to 4 minutes. When both sides are browned and fish is cooked through, drain the fillets on a paper towel-lined plate and keep warm. Repeat process with the remaining 2 fillets.

Serve the fried fish with the corn salsa.

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Roasted Meat Eggs Recipe





– 1 tenderloin of meat
– 4 eggs
– 1 chopped onion
– 1 can of mushrooms, thinly sliced
– 1 yellow pepper
– 2 tablespoons of oil
– 1 tablespoon of butter
– Salt pepper


– Wash and pepper the pepper and cut into strips.

– Heat the oil in a frying pan and brown the chopped onion, add the peppery slices and drained mushrooms and cook until the water evaporates, salt and pepper.

– Spread the meat tenderloin and flatten it with a rolling pin as thinly as possible.

– Cut a piece of film paper and put the meat on top, spread the mixture of mushrooms over the entire surface and put the hard-boiled eggs at one end, start rolling the whole tightly to give it shape using the film paper and close the roll with wooden spikes.

– Heat the butter in a sauté pan and sear the roll 10 minutes on each side, continue cooking 15 minutes in the microwave oven.

– Serve immediately.


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