Grilled Cumin-Lamb Pitas With Couscous And Yogurt

Grilled Cumin-Lamb Pitas With Couscous And Yogurt
Grilled Cumin-Lamb Pitas With Couscous And Yogurt

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

6

servings

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

--

minutes

SERVINGS

6

servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2

    cups plain yogurt

  • 2

    garlic cloves pressed

  • 1

    tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • Salt to taste

  • 2

    teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1

    teaspoon ground coriander

  • 2 1/4

    pounds boneless lamb sirloin trimmed, and cut into 1" cubes

  • 1

    cup water

  • 1/4

    teaspoon salt

  • 2/3

    cup couscous

  • 1/2

    cucumber seeded, chopped

  • 1

    ripe tomato chopped

  • 1/2

    small onion halved, sliced thin

  • 2

    tablespoons olive oil

  • 2

    tablespoons chopped fresh dill

  • Freshly-ground black pepper to taste

  • 6

    pita breads - (6" dia)

Directions

Set strainer over large bowl. Line strainer with 2 layers of cheesecloth (do not let strainer touch bottom of bowl). Spoon yogurt into strainer. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour (liquid will drain out and yogurt will thicken; discard liquid). Mix yogurt, garlic and lemon juice in small bowl. Season to taste with salt. Rub cumin and coriander over lamb pieces. Thread lamb onto 6 metal skewers. (Yogurt and lamb can be prepared 4 hours ahead. Cover separately and chill.) Combine 1 cup water and 1/4 teaspoon salt in medium saucepan. Bring to boil. Add couscous. Remove from heat. Cover; let stand until liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Transfer couscous to large bowl; fluff with fork. Cool to room temperature. Stir in chopped cucumber, tomato, onion, olive oil and fresh dill. Season with salt and pepper. Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Grill lamb to desired doneness, turning frequently, about 10 minutes for medium-rare. Transfer to platter. Sprinkle with salt. Grill pitas until heated through and lightly toasted, about 1 minute per side. Place 1 pita on each of 6 plates. Spread yogurt mixture evenly over pitas. Spoon couscous down center of pitas. Slide lamb off skewers onto couscous. This recipe yields 6 servings.

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