Minced lamb (works surprisingly well with turkey mince too) + finely sliced spring onions + grated ginger + minced garlic + green & red chillies + cayenne + cumin + garam masala + chopped coriander + S&P
Mix all the ingredients together for a couple of minutes until well combined
Roll into a sausage shape and thread on to a pre-soaked wooden or metal skewer
BBQ, grill or shallow fry until cooked through
For the raita – grate cucumber & squeeze out water
Mix with yoghurt + dried mint
Garnish with a pinch of cayenne
Serve the seekh kebabs with raita + mango chutney (see previous post for recipe) + freshly made naan bread
Any excuse for an ice cold Cobra!
Sweet and mildly spiced mango chutney
Peel & dice mangoes – set aside
Finely chop garlic + red chilli
Finely grate some fresh ginger
Sauté the above in a plain oil for 1 minute
Add garam masala + ground cumin + ground coriander + cayenne + turmeric + some cardamom + tiniest hint of a pinch of cinnamon
Sauté for another minute or so
Add the diced mangoes + sugar + salt
+ white wine vinegar + nigella/black onion seeds
Mix well & bring to the boil
Reduce heat and simmer for about 1 hour
Mash up to desired texture
Allow to cool and pour into sterilized jars – store in fridge
This freezes well so you’ll always have a portion close by when you fancy it!
Great simply with freshly made naans, and especially good with curried lamb dishes or as a marinade for chicken drumsticks or veggie sausages.
Also pairs well with Boxing Day cold cuts, marmalade glazed cider baked ham and a good Brie!
Use bay leaves to give extra flavour to sauces, soups, slow-cooked stews, casseroles & roasts, pates & terrines – use sparing though as they are quite potent!
Cut the best looking leaves from the tree – pick the largest ones as these will have the strongest flavour
Clean in salted cold water
Rinse and drain the leaves
Pat the leaves dry with kitchen roll
Either dry the leaves naturally by hanging a bunch upside down in a well ventilated and dry room until all the moisture has evaporated
Or lay on baking tray and dry in the oven on the lowest possible temperature setting
Why not try throwing a bay leaf into a pot of boiling pasta or potatoes for an extra savoury taste!