For the hummus

For the salad


  • STEP 1

    Using your hands, combine all of the ingredients for the kofta, except the oil. Set aside.

  • STEP 2

    Tip all the hummus ingredients into a bowl, along with 3 tbsp of the chickpea liquid, then blitz with a hand blender until smooth. If you prefer a looser texture, add more of the chickpea liquid and blend again.

  • STEP 3

    For the salad, tip the onions into a bowl with the lemon juice and scrunch using your hands to help soften them. Add the chopped parsley and set aside.

  • STEP 4

    Shape the koftas into 16 balls. Heat the rapeseed oil in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and fry the koftas for 5 mins on each side until browned and cooked through. To finish on a barbecue, cook until they just hold their shape, then thread onto skewers. Cook for 4 mins on each side on the barbecue. Uncooked koftas will keep chilled in an airtight container for a day.

  • STEP 5

    Divide half of the hummus between two plates. Mix half the quick-pickled onions with half of the cucumbers and tomatoes, then serve the salad with the koftas and hummus. Chill the remaining portions for another day. Will keep covered and chilled for up to two days.

Recipe tip

There is some evidence to indicate that plant compounds, including sesamol and sesamin found in sesame seeds, can brighten stress-induced low mood.

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