Recipe

Turkey koftas with fig and brown rice pilaf

Spiced turkey koftas with sweet and fragrant fig and brown rice pilaf.

  • 1 hr 20 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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Ingredients

Turkey koftas with fig and brown rice pilaf
  • 500 gram minced turkey
  • 1/2 cup (35g) stale breadcrumbs
  • 3 green onions, sliced thinly
  • 2 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground chilli
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion (80g), chopped finely
  • 2 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange rind
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 500 gram packaged pre-cooked brown basmati rice
  • 1 cup (250ml) chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup (70g) chopped dried figs
  • 100 gram baby spinach leaves

Method

Turkey koftas with fig and brown rice pilaf
  • 1
    Combine turkey, breadcrumbs, onion, garlic and spices in a large bowl. Roll 2 tablespoons of mixture into long oval shapes; you should have 12. Place koftas on a baking-paper-lined oven tray; refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • 2
    Make fig and brown rice pilaf. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat; cook onion and garlic, for 3 minutes or until soft. Stir in rind and spices; cook for 2 minutes. Add rice; stir to coat. Add stock; bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook, covered, for 8 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in figs and spinach. Season to taste.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, insert a skewer into each kofta; brush kofta well with oil. Cook kofta on heated grill plate (or grill or barbecue) on medium-high heat, turning occasionally, for 8 minutes or until cooked through.
  • 4
    Serve kofta with pilaf.

Notes

Turkey meat deserves to be embraced beyond festive eating as it is a very rich source of protein in relation to kilojoules, also all B vitamins are present in the meat, alongside iron and minerals. You can use chicken mince instead. You will need to soak 12 bamboo skewers in water for about 30 minutes before you start this recipe.

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