Lamb Kebabs and Tzatziki Sauce

Tonight I was in the mood for a little Middle Eastern food mixed with a little bit of  Greek.  Sounded like the perfect combination 🙂

For the Lamb Kebabs I used:

  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1lb lamb mince
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2oz fresh chopped coriander leaves (cilantro)
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped up
  • 4 green chillies de-seeded and chopped
  • ½ tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp black peppercorns (crushed)
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp powdered ginger or 2 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tsp salt

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I started off mixing my minced lamb and lemon juice and put that to the side.

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Then I added the rest of the ingredients to my mini food processor and whizzed away until they were nicely blended and then added that concoction to my lamb.

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Out came the skewers and with wet hands I skewered the meat into long sausage shapes. Rotate the meat around the skewer, pressing gently all round and place on a baking pan. Brush each kebab lightly with some oil.

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These of course can be grilled on a BBQ or cooked in the oven. I placed mine under the broiler in the oven on high setting for about 10 minutes on each side.

Whilst they were cooking I stared working on my Tzatziki sauce.

For this I used:

  • 3 cups of greek yogurt
  • 3 tbs of lemon juice
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 large english cucumber (long and skinny ones)
  • 1/2 tbs chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 tbs chopped fresh dill

Peel cucumber, remove seeds and cube, then place in food processor with the lemon juice, garlic, mint and dill and combine them together nicely. I then placed the mixture in a colander and squeezed all the excess water out of it.

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Add mixture to yogurt and add salt and pepper to taste and mix well.

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By now my kebabs were ready, I toasted some Smart Pockets (they are like a healthy version of Pita Bread, stuffed them with a few of the lamb kebabs, added some Tzatziki sauce and it was totally and utterly heavenly! The cooling and refreshing sauce worked wonders with the full flavored, slightly spicy kebabs ❤

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