This is a Middle Eastern (possibly Armenian), Greek Cypriot dish that resembles a mini pizza with minced meat (usually lamb) and spices, which is popular in many Middle Eastern countries. I was so inspired by it that I created my very own vegan version, with my own interpretation and touch. I do hope you will drool over it as much as we did – seriously, this is an impressive dish, which exudes the most exotic aromas. Easy to make too !
TIP : Serve with My Hummus – see http://www.mouthwateringvegan.com/2010/07/17/my-hummus/
1 medium sized red onion, very finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Extra virgin olive oil for frying
just under ¼ tsp turmeric
¼ tsp cinnamon powder
¼ tsp mixed spice (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mixed_spice)
salt to taste (don’t omit)
¼ of a red chilli, finely chopped
¼ tsp smoked paprika
¼ tsp chilli powder
2 Tbsp tomato paste
a pinch or so of dried mint
2 cups Linda McCartney veggie mince, or Gardein crumbles
½ the juice of a fresh lemon, for garnishing
2 Tbsp fresh flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
medium size pitta breads
- Heat your oil in a saucepan, and gently fry your onions for some minutes.
- Now add the tomato paste and mix. Allow this to simmer for a few minutes, and then add all your spices, including the chopped chillies, and mix. Keep the temperature low as you go along.
- Next, stir in the mince and put the heat up. Don’t leave the mix unattended – you must continue to stir this non-stop until the mince absorbs the flavours – this will take around 10 minutes. If it’s too dry, add a little more olive oil, but not water, as this would make the mince soggy, and we don’t want that for this recipe. Now just sprinkle on the dried mint.
- The aromas will be beautiful in your kitchen, so now taste the mix, and if you’re happy (maybe you need to add more salt), take off the heat, and spoon onto the centre of your pitta bread. If you are making it with hummus – like myself – add the hummus first in a circle, but leaving the centre of the pitta bread without hummus, so that you can spoon on the wonderful spicy mix. Garnish with the parsley, and be generous with a huge lemon wedge. Smile and Enjoy !
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