Saturday, October 2, 2010

Lamb, lemon & dill souvlaki recipe

The Arabic Food Recipes kitchen (The Home of Delicious Arabic Food Recipes) invites you to try Lamb, lemon & dill souvlaki recipe. Enjoy cooking tasty Arabic food and learn how to make Lamb, lemon & dill souvlaki.

Sometimes the simplest dishes are the best and this light, summery souvlaki is a fine example

Serves 4 as a main or 6 as part of a meze
Preparation time 20 mins
Cook time 6 mins plus marinating


2 garlic cloves , finely chopped
2 tsp sea salt
4 tbsp olive oil
zest and juice 1 lemon
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh dill
700g lean lamb such as neck fillet or boneless leg, trimmed, then cut into large chunks
pitta bread or flatbread, to serve

1. Pound the garlic with sea salt in a pestle and mortar (or use a small food processor), until the garlic forms a paste. Whisk together the oil, lemon juice, zest, dill and garlic. Mix in the lamb and combine well. Cover and marinate for at least 2 hrs or overnight in the fridge. If you're going to use bamboo skewers, soak them in cold water.

2. If you've prepared the lamb the previous day, take it out of the fridge 30 mins before cooking. Thread the meat onto the soaked or metal skewers. Heat the grill to high or have a hot griddle pan or barbecue ready. Cook the skewers for 2-3 mins on each side, basting with the remaining marinade. Heat the pitta or flatbreads briefly, then stuff with the souvlaki. Add Greek salad (see 'Goes well with', right) and Tzatziki (below), if you like.


Combine a 250g pot Greek yogurt; ½ a cucumber, peeled, deseeded, then coarsely grated; 1 garlic clove, crushed; 3 tbsp chopped dill; 2 tsp white wine vinegar; a pinch of sugar and some salt in a bowl and mix well. Chill for 1 hr if time permits. For a twist, try adding chopped mint instead of the dill.

Nutrition per serving

457 kcalories, protein 34g, carbohydrate 0g, fat 35 g, saturated fat 14g, fibre 0g, salt 0.27 g

Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2009.

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