Fun fact: Oman is the only country in the world that starts with the letter “O.” That means that I only had one choice in what country to use for my letter “O” recipe, but surprisingly there are a number of Omani recipes online (seriously how much do we love that whole internet thing!).
So finding Omani recipes wasn’t hard at all, instead the challenges were this. First, as I’ve said many times, Middle Eastern food is a challenge for me because they use so many of the things that I’m allergic to. Second, Middle Eastern food is Middle Eastern food. Food from that area of the world is really delicious, I love the spices and the emphasis on fresh vegetables, but the food tends to not be country specific so you often find the same dishes in Armenia that you would in Yemen.
This recipe is an amalgamation of 3 recipes that you’ll find if you Google, “Omani Kofta,” so that’s Omani enough for me.
Lamb Kofta with Zucchini Sauce
Fo the Kofta:
- 1 1/2 lbs ground lamb
- 1 small red onion; finely diced
- 2 Tablespoons fresh parley; finely chopped
- 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 1 Tablespoon cumin
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 egg; beaten
Combine everything in a bowl and mix well.
Form in to sausage shaped patties, approximately 2-3 inches long and an inch in diameter. This should yield about 12 kofta.
refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour.
Heat some olive oil in a saute pan and, working in batches if necessary, cook kofta for 10 minutes, flipping each halfway through or until meat is fully cooked.
For Zucchini sauce:
2 large (or 3-4 medium) zucchini; diced
6 cloves of garlic; crushed
16 oz can of diced tomatoes
Salt and pepper to taste
Crushed red chilis to taste
2 Bay leaves
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 Tablespoons fresh parsley; finely chopped
2 Tablespoons fresh mint; finely chopped