Beef Kofta Wraps and Jamie
Saturday, 12 October 2013
Even as I write the title of this post, I'm asking myself if a kofta is a kofta if it's not cooked on a stick and grill... I'm going to say it is, but totally don't trust me on that. Would you look at that, first sentence of the post and I'm off on a tangent. Is that even possible? I guess it is.
I'll get to the nitty gritty. Did you watch Jamie's new series, Jamie's Money Saving Meals? I did. As you can imagine, it's right up my street. I'm always looking for ways to save a little money but still ramp up the flavour and still go for quality cooking. So when the people at Team Jamie contacted me and asked me to come up with my own money saving recipe I jumped at the chance. As it's kinda my thing, I thought it would fit in well here at LLK. So I started brainstorming and I was dreaming up pizzas with big fluffy crusts (mainly cause, well you know, that is what I'm usually daydreaming about). I even tested a few recipes out but there was something that wasn't quite right. I'm sorry to say that when we're talking money saving, I prefer my No Yeast Pizza. 'Cause when you want to be saving money, you probably want to be saving some time too. So pizza was off the cards - who has time for rising these days?! Continuing to brainstorm and my mind stumbled across the trusty old friend of the student and money savers alike, beef mince. Before I even started to think about recipes I was sold on mince. It was the one. The soul mate ingredient for bugeteers (that's budget pioneers by the way).
But... because I was whipping up something for Jamie it had to be something a little more special than a run of the mill spag bol. Beef mince, it is your time to shine in these flavour packed wraps.
As we save money with the mince, we can use fresh avocado and coriander with a spritz of lime to push up the flavour. It's all about balance. We can totally eat well for less.
Shall we do this?
For Beef Kofta Wraps you will need (serves 2):
For the koftas:
250g beef mince
2 cloves garlic
salt and pepper
For the guacamole:
1 ripe avocado
6 cherry tomatoes
1 tbsp natural yoghurt
juice of 1/2 a lemon
handful of coriander
salt and pepper
Handful mixed green leaves
2 tbsp natural yoghurt
2 large wraps
Let's make guac. The avocado should be ripe enough to squeeze out of its skin and into a bowl.
Half the tomatoes, finely chop the onion and coriander and grind in salt and pepper. Add these to the avocado along with the lemon juice and natural yoghurt. Mash together with a fork and set aside. Do not scoop out with your hands and eat now - it is worth the wait!
For the koftas, mash together the mince, salt and pepper and finely chopped garlic with a fork until the mince is no longer stringy.
Shape in to balls and rest whilst a pan with a little oil heats up.
Put the koftas in the hot pan and fry until cooked through. This should take about 10 minutes, make sure to shake the pan regularly.
Heat the wraps through and then shall we assemble?
Handful of green leaves + guacamole + freshly fried koftas.
Spoon over natural yoghurt, shake over paprika and spritz with lime wedges.
Serve it up and be mighty proud that your humble mince now looks so damn good.
And if you want to catch up with Jamie and his money saving meals, you can watch them here.