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Iraqi Beef Kebab Recipe

Iraqi beef kebabs

Published: April 3, 2020 at 4:46 pm
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • Easy
  • Serves 4

These speedy spiced kebabs are traditionally served with a pickled mango sauce, but we think they’re ace with straight-up mango chutney 

Nutrition:
NutrientUnit
kcal495
fat22.7g
saturates7.8g
carbs41.5g
sugars3.2g
fibre3.3g
protein29.6g
salt1.4g
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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."

Ingredients

  • 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

TO SERVE

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

Method

  • 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 souschef.co.uk.

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

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