Thursday, 18 October 2012

grilled goat kofta with mint and yoghurt soup

Another brilliant Spring recipe from Australian Gourmet Traveller newsletter.

“The love and patience that Guitta and Toufic (my in-laws) give to the mint they grow in their backyard wonderland of Lebanese herbs and vegetables, the time they spend hand-picking each mint leaf, laying them out on old bed sheets to dry under the summer sun, inspires me. 

Then there’s days of bending over buckets, hand-flaking the mint until it becomes a fine, bright-green pungent powder to be used in Toufic’s special za’atar mix and, of course, the nana, or mint, that is the soul of this dish. 
You cannot do this dish justice with old, grey, tasteless dried mint.” 

Shane Delia: Guitta Maroun’s mint
and yoghurt soup with grilled goat kofta

Serves 6 
Cooking Time Prep time 30 mins, cook 40 mins (plus chilling) 
500 ml  (2 cups) chicken stock
100 gm  carnaroli rice, rinsed
½  onion, finely chopped
10 ml  olive oil
20 gm  plain flour
800 gm  thick Greek-style yoghurt
1  egg yolk
1 tbsp  dried mint
To serve:  thinly sliced mint
Aleppo pepper oil
2 tsp  Aleppo pepper (see note)
80 ml  (1/3 cup) olive oil
Goat kofta
480 gm  goat leg meat (see note)
120 gm  lamb fat (see note)
1½ tbsp  Aleppo pepper (see note)
3  garlic cloves
1½ tbsp  coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley


1For Aleppo pepper oil, cook ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat until fragrant (2-4 minutes). Strain through a fine metal sieve and set aside (discard solids).
2For goat kofta, mince goat, fat, pepper and garlic through a mincer or food processor until combined. Transfer to a bowl, add parsley, knead until mixture is pliable and elastic (2-4 minutes). Roll into 6 balls, place on a tray, refrigerate to rest (1 hour). Preheat a char-grill over high heat. Mould each ball onto a metal skewer and grill, turning occasionally, until golden and cooked through (5-10 minutes).
3Meanwhile, combine stock and 1 litre water in a large saucepan and bring to the simmer over medium heat, add rice and cook until tender (8-10 minutes), keep warm.
4Combine onion and oil in a separate saucepan and sauté over medium heat until tender (5-10 minutes).
5Combine flour and 100ml cold water in a bowl, whisk to dissolve, add yoghurt and yolk, mix to combine. Whisk into rice mixture, add dried mint and onion mixture, season to taste and bring to the simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally until slightly thickened and flour is cooked out (3-4 minutes). Serve drizzled with Aleppo pepper oil to taste, topped with sliced mint and kofta to the side.

Note Aleppo pepper is hot dried Turkish chilli, available from Turkish grocers. If unavailable, substitute roasted chilli flakes, available from Asian grocers. Goat meat and lamb fat are available from select butchers. If goat is unavailable, substitute lamb.

This recipe is from the April 2010 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.

Drink Suggestion Juicy, spicy Yarra Valley shiraz.
RECIPE Shane Delia, Maha, Melbourne PHOTOGRAPHY William Meppem STYLING Geraldine Munoz DRINK SUGGESTION Max Allen