Turkish Cumin Köfte

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I had these in Turkey a few times. I would say that cumin is one of my favourite flavours and these lovely köfte in tomato sauce really brings it out as the key element in the dish. I could eat these all week and still be happy.

RECIPE:

INGREDIENTS:
750g lamb mince
2 small onions (grated and squeezed of their juice)
3 slices of dry bread (crust removed)
3 large tomatoes
1 green capsicum (thinly sliced) (optional)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
2 teaspoons cumin powder
2 teaspoons salt
freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS:
Soak the bread in water for about 30 seconds. Squeeze by hand then crumble into the lamb mince. Add the onions, cumin, garlic and salt & pepper and knead by hand for about 10 minutes until very well combined. Leave covered for about 1/2 hour. Mould a tablespoons worth of meat into balls and flatten slightly for authenticity.
Heat a little oil in a pan and fry each köfte until brown both sides. Set aside.
Add the tomatoes to the pan with 1/2 cup water and some salt & pepper. Add the bell pepper at this point too if using. Let the tomatoes break up slightly and after about 3-4 minutes, drop in the köfte. Pop on the lid and reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat.

SERVING:
Serve with pickles and salad or some plain pilav rice.

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