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Beef Katlesi

Beef Katlesi

Beef filling surrounded by a crisp outer layer of mashed potatoes. Everything about these Beef Katlesi screams delicious, comforting, and flavorful. Serve this Swahili snack along with a few lemon wedges or some chutney for the full experience!

Blogger and cookbook author Vanessa Mehri of Swahili Food shows us her recipe for the coastal East African potato parcels.

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Beef Katlesi

  • Author: Vanessa Mehri of Swahili Food

Description

This East African snack of beef filling surrounded by a crisp outer layer of mashed potatoes has a taste of comfort in every bite. Make it an appetizer or enjoy it during snack time.


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Ingredients

8 potatoes; boil until soft

250 g minced beef; you can use mutton or chicken

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 tsp ground turmeric

1 heaped tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp ground coriander

1/2 onion; diced

2 cloves garlic; minced

1/2 tsp green chili; optional

1 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp coriander; roughly chopped

2 eggs

2 cups of Vegetable oil


Instructions

  1. Add the potatoes to a thick-bottomed pot. Pour in enough water to cover the potatoes and add in 2 tbsp salt. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are soft.
  2. Mash the potatoes using a ricer or the back of a bottle.
  3. In a pan, add the minced meat followed by all the spices and cook until the meat browns.
  4. Add in the diced onion, garlic and chili. Cook on medium heat until the onions are translucent.
  5. Squeeze in the juice of one lemon and turn the heat off. Set aside until the meat mixture is cool enough to handle.
  6. Take 1 1/2 tablespoons of the mashed potato and form a disk shape. Cup your hand slightly and shape the potato mix by gently pressing it into your cupped hand.
  7. Grab a tablespoon of the meat mixture (or filling of your choice) and add it to the mashed potato.
  8. Bring the sides of the potato together and form a ball. Press gently to flatten it ever so slightly.
  9. In a bowl add two eggs and 1 tsp salt, whisk well.
  10. Dip the shaped potato patties into the egg then shallow fry for 2 min each side.

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