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Lamb kebabs and lentil bites

Make these Indian-style bite-sized lamb balls and crisp lentil nibbles for perfect party snacks or a starter.

Ingredients

For the tamarind sauce
For the mint yoghurt
For the lamb kebabs
For the lentil bites

Preparation method

  1. For the tamarind sauce, put all the ingredients into a blender with four tablespoons of water and blend until smooth. Transfer to individual dipping bowls or ramekins.

  2. For the mint yoghurt, put all the ingredients into a blender with a pinch of salt and blend until smooth. Transfer to individual dipping bowls or ramekins.

  3. For the lamb kebabs, combine all the ingredients, apart from the vegetable oil, together in a bowl. Season, to taste, with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and knead for a minute or two with clean hands until everything is thoroughly mixed.

  4. Break off small pieces of the mixture and shape into balls, about the size of golf balls.

  5. Pour enough oil into a large frying pan to come about 2cm/¾in up the sides of the pan and place over a high heat. When the oil is hot, add the balls, in batches if necessary to avoid overcrowding the pan, and turn the heat down to medium. Fry for 5-6 minutes, turning occasionally, or until golden-brown and cooked through. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Keep warm.

  6. For the lentil bites, tip the lentils into a food processor and blend until coarsely mashed, but not puréed. Transfer to a bowl and add all the remaining ingredients, apart from the gram flour and vegetable oil. Season, to taste, with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and mix well.

  7. Add one tablespoon of the gram flour and mix thoroughly, then repeat this process until all the gram flour has been incorporated or until the mixture is thick enough to hold its shape.

  8. Pour enough oil into a large frying pan to come about 2cm/¾in up the sides of the pan and place over a medium heat. Test when the oil is hot enough by frying a small piece of onion - if the onion sizzles rapidly in the oil, it is at the correct heat.

  9. Carefully place one tablespoon of the mixture into the oil at a time, repeating until the pan is full but not overcrowded (you may need to fry them in batches). Fry for 5-6 minutes, turning occasionally, until crisp and golden-brown and cooked through. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.

  10. Serve the warm kebabs and lentil bites with the sauces for dipping.

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