While I tend to think of them as Israeli, versions of Kufta are known all through the Middle East and Asia. There are many similar words for the same dish, but the Persian word kofta is the origin for all of them. It simply means “ground.”
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- 2 pounds ground chuck
- 1 large bunch cilantro, well washed
- 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
1. Put cilantro leaves, onion and garlic in the food processor and process until finely chopped.
2. Add spices and pulse to mix in.
3. With your hands, combine the cilantro-onion mixture with the ground chuck. Make sure it is all uniform.
4. Allow the meat mixture to rest in the fridge for 1 hour.
5. Prepare your grill to high heat.
6. Take hamburger-sized amounts of meat and press them onto both sides of flat, steel skewers. Continue adding more and to even it out until the skewers are full. Make sure that the meat will fit between the grates. If it doesn’t stick well, use less meat. You want the stick to be “coated” in meat, but not so heavily that the weight of it causes it to fall off.
7. Rest the skewers on the grates, over the high heat. Turn the skewers over every 10 minutes to ensure even cooking. Remove when the internal temperature of the meat is 165°F degrees.
8. The meat should slide from the skewers when pushed with a fork.