Kofta nakhod (meatballs and chick-pea)

Yield: 8 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 cup Dried chick-peas; covered w/hot water
; & soaked over-
; night, or at least
; 8-10 hrs
1½ pounds Ground beef
1 large Onion; grated
¼ teaspoon Pepper
1 teaspoon Salt; or to taste
¼ teaspoon Ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon Dried mint; crushed
1 tablespoon Bread crumbs; matzoh meal, or
; plain flour
4 cups Water; boiling

Chick-peas provide bulk in well-seasoned kofta, name for various types of meatballs in Afghanistan, Pakistan, & India. Unlike custom in other countries, they are boiled in soup or water & served separately from soup.

Chick-peas are one of forbidden foods for Passover in Afghanistan, so Nofta Nakhod must wait for another time.

1. Drain chick-peas in a colander, then grind them rather fine in a processor. Mix everything together except water.

2. To prepare meatballs: Moisten hands w/cold water and prepare meat & chick-peas balls 1-½ inches in diameter. Put the meatballs into boiling water, one at a time, & simmer over moderate heat for 45 mins. Remember that chick-peas are ground but not cooked. The meatballs may also be cooked in a light chicken broth. Serve meatballs & soup separately w/bread, rice, & pickles. Serve 8. Makes abt 18 meatballs.

Recipe: "Sephardic Cooking" by Copeland Mark -- 600 Recipes Created in Exotic Sephardic Kitchens from Morocco to India -- Copyright 1992 Published by Donald I. Fine, Inc., New York, N.Y. D. Pileggi Per serving: 273 Calories (kcal); 23g Total Fat; (75% calories from fat); 14g Protein; 2g Carbohydrate; 72mg Cholesterol; 336mg Sodium Food Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 2 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 3½ Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates

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