Lamb koftas with carrot salad,mango dip & couscous

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Lamb Koftas (38p per kofta)

Carrot salad (15p)

Couscous (39p)

It makes 8 koftas and costs a total of  £1.92 for 2 people (if you are very hungry) or 96p for 4 (2 koftas each)

I can’t deny there’s been many a Saturday night in my past where I’ve stumbled across a kebab house on my way home from the pub..here I have ordered greedily the only thing my blurred vision could make out on the menu. Failing that I went for chips and cheese and a kebab. The chips and cheese usually ended up in my hair and half the kebab I woke up next to, still in the pack, still in my hand if it hadn’t made its way onto my pillow..On a positive note I never had to look far for breakfast!

I have at least matured a little now, and after having kids, Saturday nights on the town are a rareity..and to be fair i’m usually home by 9pm. Still with the chips and cheese I’ll add, but never the kebab. I’m too worried about what’s actually in it!

Roll on January 2016 and I’m spending an alcohol-free Saturday night in the house. I may have matured (got boring some will say) but I still can’t deny myself the pure indulgence that comes from a Saturday night kebab. What’s more I know what’s in mine and I will be eating it way before it gets the chance to join me on my pillow.

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Lamb Koftas with carrot salad, mango dip & couscous

How to make the koftas….(makes 8)

Get yourself some skewers. I have wooden ones left from summer bbq’s (ahhh those were the days..) they were £1 from the poundshop. If you’re posh, you may have some metal ones! Or if you are planning making kebabs a regular ‘thing’ on your menu maybe ask Father Christmas to treat you to some next year! It will save you in the long run. The wooden skewers need soaking for at least an hour in cold water to stop them splintering in your mouth!

Get out a large bowl and add 500g lamb mince (£2.89 Aldi). Add 2 minced cloves of garlic (6p), 1 finely chopped onion (9p Aldi), 1 tsp dried parsley, 1 tbsp oil, 1 tsp ground cumin, 2 tsp ground coriander, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 tsp chilli powder, 2 tsp salt, 1 tsp dried mint. Mix it all up with your hands making sure it’s evenly mixed.

Divide the mixture into 8 pieces and mold each piece around a kebab stick. Roll it in your palm. If you were good at making playdough sausages as a kid you will breeze through this! Set aside.

Preheat oven to 200c.

Heat a griddle pan and lightly oil (either with spray oil or by wiping kitchen roll around to make it even. Brown the koftas…turning with cooking tongues to make sure they dont fall off the sticks! When you are happy they are nicely browned on the outside pop them in the oven for about 10-15 mins.

Whilst waiting….

Mango dip

Mix 1 cup natural yoghurt (20p Aldi), 4 heaped tsp mango chutney (5p Aldi), 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 minced garlic clove (3p), 1 tsp white wine vinegar & pinch of salt. Done.

Carrot Salad

Grate 2 carrots – add 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 tsp olive oil, 1 tsp white wine vinegar, 1 tsp french mustard, 1 tsp honey. Mix. Done.

Couscous – make according to pack instructions (39p Aldi). Done.

Get the koftas out of the oven when they are ready and serve with the sides you have just made.

Obviously you don’t have to make these sides…you can team it with chips and cheese if you really want! But it’s January and I’m still pretending I can stick to my healthier eating resolution…

38p per kofta. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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