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  • 1/3 pound fatty ground beef or ground lamb per serving -- 75% or less lean, ideally; don't bother with anything leaner than 80% (Alternate: 1/3 pound ground chicken plus 1-1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil per serving)
  • 1/3 clove garlic per serving, crushed
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt per serving
  • 1/6 teaspoon ground black pepper per serving
  • 1/6 teaspoon chili powder per serving
  • 2/3 teaspoon chopped parsley per serving
  • 1/4 tomato per serving, grated (no skin)
  • 1/3 shallot per serving, grated small

Combine all ingredients. Kneed for at least 15 minutes. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Make into small like-sized patties, about four to six kofta per serving.

Grill over a low heat. Serve immediately.

Serve with pita, salad, and yogurt or tzatziki sauce.

Preparation time: 45 minutes (prepare a day in advance)