Hello! Today I am sharing with you a delicious dinner recipe which is simple to make for a weekday dinner! These delicious Persian pistachio kebabs are made from protein dense chicken mince and chickpea flour and mildly flavoured with spices like cardamom. Rolled in pistachios for a crunchy texture, they are cutest and healthiest kebabs ever!
I was inspired to make these delicious pistachio kebabs when I was trying my hand at a recipe for a Persian Matzo ball soup where an authentic recipe by Louisa Shafia was shared. I loved the mild flavour of cardamom, the addition of the chickpea flour and the adorable ‘matzoh’ balls. I realised they would make perfect baked kebabs with a few additions and subtractions to the recipe.
When I think of Persian food I always think of rose and pistachios. There is something magical and Arabian nights-esque with the thought of Persia and hence I decided to roll and coat these kebabs in pistachio nuts. I also wanted to use as little additional fat as possible as well as spend the least amount of time in the kitchen. Hence I made these in the oven. It is the least fussy way I think!
Alongside these delicious green tinged Pistachio kebabs I wanted to add a vibrant and delicious dip. I made a variation to my Beetroot hummus with this simple Beetroot tahini dip. I used raw beetroot as I wanted to ensure all the antioxidant benefits of the beetroot. I also added a good dose of tahini and olive oil for creaminess and flavour. My favourite bit is the lemon zest. It really brings so much flavour into these dips. Please use organic lemons to ensure the healthiest source of zest!
I served these delicious Persian pistachio kebabs with this yummy beetroot tahini dip and a delicious green salad of massaged kale, carrots, cucumbers and tomato wedges to make it a satisfying dinner. Leftovers can be made into a scrumptious sandwich for lunch the next day. This would also work great as an appetiser when you have guests coming around!
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