This makes a spicy and healthy version of one of my favorite dishes. Serve with tabbouleh, pita bread and olives for a wonderful feast. Black beans or chickpeas can be substituted for adzuki beans. Adjust hot sauce and garlic to your tastes.

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Recipe Summary

cook:
25 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 25 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
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Directions

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  • Combine the bulgur wheat and vegetable stock in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 10 minutes, or until liquid has been absorbed. Set aside to cool.

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  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the adzuki beans, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, onion, garlic, cumin, coriander, cilantro, hot sauce, and the egg. Mash with a potato masher or sturdy whisk until fairly smooth. Soak the bread in milk, then squeeze out the excess; add to the bean mixture along with the bulgur. Mix using your hands until everything is well blended. Cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour, or until firm.

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

  • Wet your hands, and form the kofta into 32 oval shapes. Press onto skewers four at a time. Brush with remaining olive oil. Place on a baking sheet or broiling pan.

  • Bake for 10 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Turn over, brush again with oil, and continue baking for 5 to 10 minutes, until crispy.

Nutrition Facts

311 calories; protein 7.8g; carbohydrates 56.6g; fat 6.4g; cholesterol 23.9mg; sodium 343.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2007
Very good. I couldn't find adzuki beans which didn't really surprise me but I found online that red kidneys are an acceptable substitute. They were pretty hard to crush though. Next time I may put them in the food processor before adding them in with the other ingredients. I think my kofta balls would have stayed together better if I'd gotten the beans mashed better. I served this with a quick yogurt sauce that I just made up as I went (yogurt cumin cayene and salt). Very good. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/14/2006
eh This was just "okay" for us. I topped it with plain lowfat yogurt to give it another dimension of flavor. Read More
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16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2007
Very good. I couldn't find adzuki beans which didn't really surprise me but I found online that red kidneys are an acceptable substitute. They were pretty hard to crush though. Next time I may put them in the food processor before adding them in with the other ingredients. I think my kofta balls would have stayed together better if I'd gotten the beans mashed better. I served this with a quick yogurt sauce that I just made up as I went (yogurt cumin cayene and salt). Very good. Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2010
I really liked this! I soaked/cooked my adzukis - they take less time than other beans. I used extra garlic and hot sauce and they came out perfect. I squashed mine like small cookies - no skewers and froze the leftovers. (I tried a few as larger patties and they didn't survive the flipping.) A yogurt dip is essential. This made for a very inexpensive and yummy meal! Read More
(6)
Rating: 4 stars
10/13/2009
overall pretty tasty! i also used kidney beans and used my hand blender to make a thick mush of everything. i used an extra egg and added more hot sauce onion and garlic. i omitted the milk for soaking the bread just added crumbled dry bread. i made the balls in the shape and size that kibbeh/kofta usually is and put them on skewers (which was tricky) but it just seems best to make about golf ball size balls and forget the skewers. delicious with yogurt sauce hummus tabouli etc. as part of a meza dinner (instead of falafel really) my husband and i both really liked this recipe and we'll definitely make it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2011
Made them into small balls and after flipping I squished them down a bit. I also used a food processor to mix it all together. Very good! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/12/2008
very tasty and a great alternative for vegetarians. I used kidney beans in replacement of the others though and they turned out great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2006
Good one!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2007
These were really good. Remind me of a black bean burger mix. I think these would make great patties I shaped them into dumplings as they wouldn't stay on a skewer and I added seasoned bread crumbs and milk separately. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/14/2006
eh This was just "okay" for us. I topped it with plain lowfat yogurt to give it another dimension of flavor. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/16/2006
I didn't want to soak my adzuki beans so I use knidneys that I had I still found it quite tastey and would reccommend it. I had a hard time with the skewers so I think next time I will just make them small patties. Read More
(3)
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