Although the name suggests ‘lamb cutlets’ these couldn’t actually be further from them. They are little potato and saffron meat patties that look like little hamburgers but taste similar to Kabab. They can be served with rice and salad or with hot fresh lavash. I enjoy them both ways and can eat them by the dozen!
My most nostalgic memory of these delicious little beauties is eating them hot straight out of the pan in my Dads kitchen! He still makes the best ones I have ever had but mine come a close second.
One of our dear friends ate so many at one of our dinner parties (despite my husband warning him that we had three more courses to get through, one of which was basically a kilo of rice each) that he had to do diaphragm stretches in between courses whilst walking round the garden! He also really struggled with the name of them and although I can’t write what he called them, trust me it was an amusing afternoon dinner party! 🙂 For all of these reasons these little patties will always be a firm favourite of mine and always make me smile.
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1 1/2 waxy peeled and cooked potatoes – mashed
500gm minced beef
1 medium white onion peeled and grated
1 tsp turmeric
2 tsp salt
pepper to taste
1/2 tsp ground saffron
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1tsp garlic granules
2 small eggs beaten
Salad, Mastokhiar and lavash to serve
Mix all the ingredients with the exception of the breadcrumbs in a big bowl for around 5 minutes. Place the breadcrumbs onto a spare plate.
Spoon a ball of the meat mixture into your hands and roll into a log shape.
Flatten into an oval, cover in breadcrumbs and place in a hot frying pan.
Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side.
Place in the oven to keep warm whilst you cook the rest.
Don’t over-crowd the pan or touch them too much until they are fully cooked on each side. Place on a paper towel to drain and serve. Nooshe Jaan!!