This beef kebab recipe comes from chef John Gregory-Smith. He says … "Traditionally these killer kebabs would be served with a sauce called amba, which is made from pickled green mangos. I have used a good-quality mango chutney instead. In the kebab mixture, try to avoid any big lumps of mango, saving them for serving."

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  • 400g beef mince (20% fat)
  • 1⁄2 red onion, coarsely grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp aleppo pepper flakes, (see cook’s notes below)
  • ground to make 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 tsp sumac, plus extra to serve (see cook’s notes below)
  • 4 tsp spicy mango chutney, plus extra to serve


  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • leaves only flat-leaf parsley
  • leaves only coriander
  • sliced red onion
  • chopped tomatoes
  • round pittas or flatbreads


  • STEP 1

    Heat a griddle or grill to high. Mix together the beef, onion, garlic, aleppo pepper flakes, black pepper, sumac, mango chutney and a good pinch of salt in a mixing bowl. Divide into 8, roll into long kebabs and put a skewer through each.

  • STEP 2

    Put the kebabs onto the griddle or under the grill for 3-4 minutes on each side or until cooked through and tender. Divide between plates and add a drizzle of tahini and a pinch more of sumac. Serve with extra mango chutney, parsley, coriander, sliced onion, chopped tomatoes and pittas or flatbreads.

Cook's notes

Aleppo pepper, also known as pul biber, is a fruity, vibrant, coarsely ground mild paprika from Turkey and Syria. It’s available from Waitrose and

Sumac is dried and coarsely ground berries that has a citrussy flavour. It’s available from large supermarkets.


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