Whilst South Asia and the Middle East tend to make their koftas from lamb, beef, mutton or chicken, and the Greeks have a preference for pork and lamb, we’ve done things a little differently by using the humble chickpea in our vegetarian koftas. Because of their texture, chickpeas make a great substitute for ground beef and work brilliantly alongside the punchier flavours in our North Indian spice mix. Served with cumin roasted sweet potatoes, a chopped cucumber salad and a limey mayonnaise, this simple veggie recipe really is a weeknight winner.
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North Indian Style Spice Mix
Sweet Potato Fries
Olive Oil for the dressing
Preheat your oven to 210°C. Zest and halve the lime. Roughly chop the coriander (stalks and all).Trim and coarsely grate the carrot (no need to peel). Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Pop the carrot, chickpeas and half the coriander in a large bowl. Mix in the flour, North Indian curry powder and mango chutney. Season with salt and pepper. Squish together with your hands (or the back of a fork) until the chickpeas are nicely broken up and mushy and the mixture sticks together. Keep to one side.
Give your hands a quick wash and then lay the sweet potato fries out in a single layer on a baking tray. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle on a splash of oil and half the cumin seeds. Roast in the middle of your oven until golden, 18-20 mins. Turn half way through cooking.
Meanwhile, trim the root from the spring onion then thinly slice. Chop the medium tomato into 1cm chunks. Quarter the cucumber lengthways then chop into 1cm chunks. Mix together in a bowl and season with salt, pepper and the remaining cumin seeds. Drizzle on the vinegar along with the olive oil (see ingredients for amount) and the remaining coriander. Mix again and set aside.
Heat a splash of oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Shape the chickpea mix into two balls per person. Flatten each ball gently to 2cm thick and then fry in the hot oil until golden, 2-3 mins on each side. IMPORTANT: The koftas are cooked when they are no longer pink in the middle.Transfer to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
Meanwhile, squeeze a little of the lime juice into a bowl. Add a pinch of lime zest and the mayonnaise. Stir together to combine, keep to one side. Tip: Add more lime if you like things zesty! When the fries are ready, remove from the oven. Pop the koftas in the oven to warm through for a couple of minutes if necessary.
Share the fries between your plates and spoon the salad alongside. Pop the koftas on the plate and finish with a dollop of zesty mayo to dip your chips in. Enjoy!