Lebanese Dishes

Kafta bil Siniye aka Lebanese Kafta Bake

April 8, 2020

A house favourite! Recently we started layering it with eggplants and it made the entire difference. The eggplants absorb the tomato sauce and are just delicious.

Lebanese Kafta Bil Siniye (Kafta casserole)

Course Main Course
Cuisine Lebanese
Servings 3 people

Ingredients
  

Kafta mix

  • 250 g minced beef
  • 250 g minced lamb
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 small finely chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp all spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp salt

For assembling

  • 2 medium sized potatoes sliced into 2cm circles
  • 1 large onion sliced into rounds
  • 1 medium sized eggplant sliced into rounds
  • 2 tbsp salt for eggplants
  • 2 medium sized tomatoes sliced into rounds

Sauce

  • 2 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp all spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 3/4 cup water add more if the sauce is too thick

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 180C rack in middle
  • Start by mixing all the Kafta ingredients together. Make sure they are well incorporated. You can mix by hand or in a food processor
  • Spread the Kafta mixture in a baking tray (if kitchen is warm cover and place in fridge until you’re done with the rest)
  • Slice your potatoes, if you want you can prebake them for a bit so they take less time to cook. This step is unnecessary but sometimes it saves you time
  • Slice the eggplant, sprinkle generous amounts of salt and let it rest so the water comes out of it. Around 10-20 min. Wash them well, pat dry them, sprinkle olive oil on them and bake for 10 min in your preheated oven
  • Slice your tomatoes and onions while eggplant cooks and mix the sauce ingredients together. If the sauce is thick add a bit more water to thin it out
  • Layer: kafta, potatoes, onions, eggplants, and tomatoes. Pour the sauce over them and make sure there is enough sauce
  • Cover with aluminum foil, and bake for 45min then uncover and bake for another 15-20 min

Notes

  • The sauce should almost reach to the top of the baking pan, so all your vegetables can cook simultaneously. You don’t want uncooked potatoes while eating
 
  • You can also serve with rice and vermicelli for some extra delicious carbs 

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3 Comments

  • Reply Nada April 19, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    What is the thickness of the Kafta? Does it shrink?

    • Reply Mrs.Clueless April 21, 2020 at 12:18 pm

      Hi! if you’re using a very fatty cut then it will shrink, mixing beef and lamb should help with the shrinking. I flatten it to around 3-4cm

  • Reply Atef July 4, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    Very good thank you

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