Recipe

Kibbeh with tomato and pomegranate salad

Delicious triangles of lamb kibbeh piled high with bright and refreshing tomato, pomegranate and feta.

  • 15 mins preparation
  • 40 mins cooking
  • Serves 6
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Ingredients

Kibbeh with tomato and pomegranate salad
  • 1 cup (160g) fine burghul
  • 2 cup (500ml) water
  • 625 gram (1¼ pounds) minced (ground) lamb
  • 1 medium brown onion (150g), chopped finely
  • 1/2 teaspoon each ground cinnamon, cumin and coriander
  • 3 piece preserved lemon rind
  • 1 large pomegranate (430g)
  • 3 medium ripe tomatoes (450g), chopped coarsely
  • 2 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
  • 2 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 125 gram (4 ounces) feta cheese, crumbled coarsely

Method

Kibbeh with tomato and pomegranate salad
  • 1
    Combine burghul and the water in medium bowl; stand 2 hours. Drain.
  • 2
    Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Oil 20cm x 30cm (8 inch x 12 inch) pan.
  • 3
    To make kibbeh, combine burghul with lamb, onion and spices; season. Spread lamb mixture into pan; smooth top. Bake about 25 minutes or until cooked through.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, remove and discard flesh from preserved lemons. Rinse rind well then slice thinly. Remove seeds from pomegranate.
  • 5
    Combine rind in medium bowl with tomato and herbs. Drizzle with combined oil and lemon juice.
  • 6
    Cut kibbeh into six squares, cut each square into two triangles, place on plates; top with tomato mixture, sprinkle with feta and pomegranate seeds.

Notes

To remove the seeds from pomegranate, cut it in half crossways and hold each half cut-side down over a bowl. Hit the outside skin of the fruit sharply with a wooden spoon as hard as you can ­ the seeds should fall out ­if they don't, dig them out with a teaspoon. Burghul is made from whole wheat kernels, which are steamed, dried and toasted before cracking into several distinct sizes, so they develop a rich, nutty flavour. Because it is already partially cooked, burghul only requires minimal cooking. Cracked wheat, on the other hand, is raw whole wheat.

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