Kofta is a general Middle Eastern to Indian term for grilled ground meat—usually mixed with other things. You may form the meat mixture into balls, loafs or stuff it into something—leaves, vegetables, whatever. What you flavor/add to the meat, and what you do with it then, is limited only by your own imagination. Koobideh is the Persian name for kofta made with beef or lamb, although I have frequently known it to be made from beef and lamb in the local Persian restaurants. Today, wife Jan asked for koobideh meat balls with rice for dinner. The traditional Persian accompaniment to the meat is steamed rice, called chelow.
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Adapted from a Persian Mama recipe
For Labor Day it is tradition to have a barbecue. Just to be different this year, I decided to make koobideh hamburgers (alternate spelling kubideh). In Persia (Iran), this finely ground and seasoned meat is usually grilled on a thick skewer. Forming it into a patty to barbecue is a most California Fusion thing to do. While the burger was international the condiments were all American—well sort of—Japanese mayonnaise, German mustard, tomatoes, sweet onions, Romaine lettuce and the buns of your choice.
When I join my wife for lunch at the university, we sometimes go to Café Pomegranate. While this is primarily a Persian restaurant, sometimes they go a bit wild with their soup of the day. Last week it was lemongrass soup. It was so good that I decided that I would have to deconstruct it.
One thing I like to do is play with my food. I like to take a traditional recipe and do strange things to it. Last week I made an English shepherd’s pie, but I made it with an Indian flare. I was watching a show the other day about how every culture has its own version of meatballs, usually with a sauce. I though why not do Persian kūbide as a meatball with sauce?
Simplified and adapted from FxCuisine
I needed a rice dish for my Persian feast, for the starch eaters not on Ketogenic diets. I wanted to do something more than plain rice, so I used my trick of looking up “Persian rice” on Google image to see if anything struck my fancy. I found a Persian Jeweled rice recipe that looked good, but produced way too much for my meal. I reduced the quantities and simplified some of the techniques to adapt it to my needs.