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Batter Kofta

Kofta Mlebissa
(Batter Kofta)

1 lb. beef
2 onions, finely chopped
3 T. rice
1/4 bundle finely chopped parsley
1 T. finely chopped fresh mint
1 t. salt
1 t. ground black pepper
1 t. ground cinnamon
4 eggs
1/2 cup flour
1 t. baking powder
1-1/2 cups oil for frying

Wash the rice and add to the meat with the parsley, onion, mint, spices and salt. Mix thoroughly. Take a small piece of the mixture and roll into a ball between wet palms; place in a pan. Continue until all the mixture is used. Pour half a cup of warm water over the koftas, cover the pan and cook over low heat until the rice is soft. Remove from heat and leave aside until cool. Mix the eggs with the flour, baking powder, a pinch of salt and half a cup of warm water. Mix to a batter. Heat the oil, dip the koftas in the batter, place in hot oil and fry until golden brown. (Note: Koftas should be evenly sized and trimmed of excess batter.) Serve hot.

Recipe from "Saudi Arabia Magazine" (an official publication of the Information Office of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia), Spring 1995

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