Combine minced mutton, garlic, shallots, ginger, egg, corn starch, olive oil, allspice, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, salt and black pepper in a food processor. Pulse until all the ingredients are evenly combined, then keep the machine running on low and start drizzling in 2 - 3 tbsp of water. Keep the food processor running for a few seconds until the mixture become “paste-like”.
You could also do this on a stand-mixer with a pedal-attachment. This process “beats” the water and the protein together to achieve an “emulsion” if you will. It gives the meatball a silky texture.
Preheat the oven on 430ºF/220ºC, 10 mins before cooking
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Form the lamb mixture into tiny meatballs, approx 1 1/2 tsp each and lay them evenly on the baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven until the meatballs start to brown and are set in shape (around 10-12 mins).
Once the meatballs are set, take them out of the oven. Heat up 2 tbsp of oil in a large non-stick pan on medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and brown them nicely all over. Add the pine nuts (if using) and cumin seeds, and let them toast until golden brown (this would happen relatively quick!). Then add the minced garlic, fresh mint and chili flakes. Cook only for another few seconds. Re-season it with salt’n pepper.
If you dont have an oven, you can cook it on stove top. Heat 1-2 tbsp oil in a deep and wide pan and cook the koftas on low-medium flame. Once the colour starts changing (check the doneness with one kofta), you can increase the heat to medium -high, to brown the koftas. Make sure you keep a close watch, to avoid over cooking. Though Pine nuts give a nice crunch to the koftas, it's ok, if you cant find it. The koftas tastes great even without it. I didnt add chilli flakes since I didnt have any, But if you've it, go ahead and use it. It will give a nice kick to the koftas. I used the ground kofta mix on the same day itself. However, I think, it will be ok to store it in the fridge overnight, but not more than that. I've mentioned the qty for 3-4 people, if it's served as an appetiser or starter. If you are serving it as main course, it will serve 2-3 max.
This Mutton Kofta Recipe was printed from https://mariasmenu.com/beef/mutton-kofta-kabab-recipe.
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