The Strong Island Kofte.

Whilst posing about with fruit and veg, Jack asked me to contribute to a recipe book that he is creating for another uni project. Naturally I was delighted to. The criteria was that it had to be student friendly, inexpensive and preferably not pasta based. Challenge accepted. Once recipe was thought out and ingridients bought, Jack came back round and took some shots whilst I banged out each dish. Below are some of his snaps. Finished product to come.

“The Strong Island Kofte.” Preparation time: 30 mins to 1 hour. Cooking time: 15 – 20 mins. Serves 4 (with plenty of leftovers) at a cost of under £15. All ingredients available from independent Southsea food stores.

Lamb Kofte.

£3 Worth Of Minced lamb
Mint & Coriander
1 Large White Onion
Cumin & Coriander Seeds
1 Egg.

Place peeled onion in blender and pulse until finely chopped. Next add 1 tablespoon each of cumin and coriander seeds to a pan, dry roast until fragrant and then crush in pestle & mortar. Finely chop the fresh mint and coriander. Place mince into a large mixing bowl and add all ingredients together, crack an egg over it to bind and mix thoroughly with your hands. Season with salt and pepper accordingly. Shape mince into patties as wide or thick as you see fit. Position them on an pre-oiled baking tray and place under grill, making sure to flip each pattie as they gain colour.


1 Tin of chick peas
2 Lemons

Strain chickpeas and empty into blender. Slice and add a large clove of garlic, 2 tablespoons of tahini, a glug of olive oil, the juice of two lemons and seasoning. Blend until smooth and add a touch of water to loosen it. Keep on tasting until all flavours balance out.

Gujarati Carrot Salad.

3 Carrots
Cumin & Mustard Seeds
1 Lemon

Peel and grate carrots into mixing bowl. Fry 1 tablespoon each of cumin and mustard seeds in 2 tablespoons of cooking oil until they start to pop. Pour over carrots and squeeze the juice of 1 lemon. Mix thoroughly and season to taste.

Mint & Coriander Yogurt.
Slice remaining mint & coriander into bowl of Greek natural yoghurt, season to taste.

Enjoy with flat breads, salad vegetables of choice and spicy sauces.


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One Response to The Strong Island Kofte.

  1. Mashita says:

    It look more delicious than McDonald’s.

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