Turkish baharat meatballs with lentil pilaf Recipe

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Flavorful, tasty Turkish meatballs with aromatic lentil pilaf.

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Servings: 6 servings


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  1. Place onion, capsicum and garlic in a medium-large saucepan with some olive oil to saute for 2 minutes.
  2. Add mushrooms and courgette, stir. Add tomatoes and spices, cover and simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile combine all the meatball ingredients in a large bowl and mix until smooth.
  4. Using a tablespoon, scoop out a measure of meat and roll into a ball with your hands. Repeat until you've used all the meat.
  5. Place the meatballs in the saucepan, then cover and leave to simmer for about 15 minutes. Just before you're ready to serve, uncover the saucepan and increase the heat to reduce the sauce to the desired thickness.
  6. For the lentil pilaf bring the water to boil, then add the remaining ingredients, stir, cover and reduce heat to low. Allow to cook for at least 20 minutes before lifting the lid to check consistency. When done, all the liquid should have been absorbed by the rice/lentils, which should be soft.
  7. Serve the meatballs and the sauce on a bed of the lentil rice with a big dollop of yoghurt.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 342g
Recipe makes 6 servings
Calories 459  
Calories from Fat 116 25%
Total Fat 12.99g 16%
Saturated Fat 5.18g 21%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 714mg 30%
Potassium 669mg 19%
Total Carbs 62.98g 17%
Dietary Fiber 8.2g 27%
Sugars 2.78g 2%
Protein 22.4g 36%
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