Now here’s a lovely Mediterranean dish by the brilliant food blogger Lizet Hartley, made for this wine with it’s spiciness.
All you need is…
For the kebabs
500g lamb steak
150g full cream Greek yoghurt
3 green cardamom pods, smashed open
1 tsp powdered coriander
1 tsp powdered cumin
½ tsp ordinary paprika (not smoked)
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
¼ tsp powdered ginger
¼ tsp powdered turmeric
thin wooden skewers, soaked in water for 10 minutes
For the couscous
¾ cup plain couscous
¾ cup boiling water
small sachet of chicken stock concentrate
¼ cup almond flakes, toasted in a dry pan until brown
½ cup pistachios, toasted in a dry pan until crunchy, then roughly chopped
½ cup pomegranate seeds
large handful of coriander, roughly chopped
3 tbs mint, finely chopped
1 medium-strength red chilli, seeded and finely diced
¼ cup fresh dates, diced (or the equivalent in sultanas, or a mix of sultanas and dried apricots)
For the raita
¼ cup cucumber, diced
¼ cup pomegranates
small container (150g) full cream Greek yoghurt
pinch of salt
generous pinch of cumin
Large lettuce leaves
Cut the lamb steak into long strips, about 2cm wide and 1cm thick. Mix the yoghurt and all the spices. Add the meat to the spicy yoghurt, mix thoroughly, cover and chill for at least an hour, preferably 2, to marinate.
Add the couscous, boiling water and chicken stock to a large bowl, cover with a plate and leave for half an hour. Once the couscous has absorbed all the water, separate it with a fork so it’s nice a fluffy. Measure out two cups of cooked couscous and add the rest of the ingredients to it, mix lightly with a fork and set aside.
Mix the raita ingredients. Leave a few of the pomegranate pips out so you can sprinkle them on top for the pretty.
Remove the meat from the fridge, sprinkle generously with salt and thread onto wooden skewers in a zig-zag pattern. Cook on the braai or in a hot pan with a generous glug of olive oil.
Serve kebabs right away with couscous, raita and lettuce on a large platter and let everybody build their perfect spicy Middle-Eastern lettuce wrap.
serves – 3 to 4
marinate for 1 hour
cook for 30 minutes
Lizet Hartley is one of my favourite food bloggers, her website is beautiful, her food is real nostalgia stuff. Food from the heart. She says, “I’m a freelance recipe developer, food stylist and food and lifestyle writer. Melkkos & Merlot is my blog baby, my space where I play with new recipes, old favourites and my camera.” Her blog converts easily between English and Afrikaans at the click of a button, is well worth a visit. Subscribe to her newsletter, it is a joy. Click here.