Minced Lamb & Potato cake (Kookoo Seebzamny ba goosht charkh karde)

Minced lamb and potato cake - kooko seebzamini ba gooshte charkhkarde
Minced lamb and potato cake – kooko seebzamini ba gooshte charkhkarde

Ingredients

1 onion

1/2 cup Oil (vegtable oil)

2 cloves garlic

8 medium sized potatoes – pealed, washed and chopped)

250kg of minced lamb

2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground pepper

1/4 tsp ground saffron

1 tsp turmeric

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground coriander (optional)

1/4 tsp ground cumin (optional)

Method

Finely chop the onion and fry in 5 tablespoons of hot oil until golden brown. Add the turmeric and fry for another 30 seconds mixing the turmeric well into the fried onions.

Add the minced lamb and throughly fry until brown. Lower the heat and add the rest of the dry spices plus 1 tsp salt. Cover the top and let it simmer for 20 minutes until completely cooked.

In a separate medium sized saucepan add your pealed, washed and chopped potatoes.

Add 2 / 3 cups of cold water, 1 tsp salt and 2 tblsp of oil. Bring the water to the boil and allow the potatoes to cook right through. Once cooked sieve the potatoes in a colander.

Add the potatoes to the lamb and smash until reasonably smooth and mixed well with the minced lamb. Crush two garlic cloves and mix well.

Add 5 to 8 large tblsp of oil in a large frying pan. Place over a high heat and allow the oil to heat up. Reduce the heat and the potato and lamb mix to the frying pan and spread neatly to cover the whole of the pan.

Minced lamb and potato cake - kooko seebzamini ba gooshte charkhkarde - frying in the pan
Minced lamb and potato cake – kooko seebzamini ba gooshte charkhkarde – frying in the pan

Increase the heat slightly and allow the potato base to turn crispy. (if you’ve put enough oil for frying your potato and lamb cake it won’t stick to the frying pan, if you’re using a bigger pan make sure you use more oil).

After 15 minutes check to see if the base has turned crispy golden brown by using a spatula to pick up the corners to check the base of the cake. If it’s not turned  crispy and golden brown give it a couple more minutes and then check until satisfied.

Now for the flipping over! Once the base of your cake has turned golden brown you will need to do the same for the top by flipping it over. For this you will need to remove the frying pan from the heat and place a large enough flat plate over the frying pan. Ensure you keep the pan at arms length away from you and no one is around you especially kids. Now with baking gloves on, hold the plate tightly over the frying pan and quickly turn the frying pan over so that the plate is now under it. Gently lift the frying pan up to hopefully leave you with the golden brown potato and lamb cake.

Place 5 to 8 tablespoons of oil in the frying pan and put back on medium heat.  Pick the plate up and gently shuffle the potato and lamb cake back into the frying pan. Don’t worry if a piece breaks you can push it all together in the pan.

Carry out the same steps in frying. Once golden brown remove from the heat and place on a large plate.

Minced lamb and potato cake - kooko seebzamini ba gooshte charkhkarde - plated
Minced lamb and potato cake – kooko seebzamini ba gooshte charkhkarde – plated

This dish can be eaten both hot and cold. I enjoyed it warm with salad.

Minced lamb and potato cake - kooko seebzamini ba gooshte charkhkarde - plated with salad
Minced lamb and potato cake – kooko seebzamini ba gooshte charkhkarde – plated with salad
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