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“These are just absolutely, utterly, mouth-wateringly DELICIOUS. Serve wrapped in pita breads with tziziki sauce, some cucumber slices, and some alfalfa sprouts. The Pakistani doctor I used to work for was surprised to hear me say I cook these; and even more surprised to find my recipe is almost exactly the same as his mother's.”
12 small patties (or more)

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  1. Toast the cumin and coriander in a dry skillet until they start to pop, but take care not to burn them.
  2. Put all ingredients into a big bowl and work it together with your hands, as if you were making a meatloaf. Once it has formed a workable mass, knead it for a few minutes to make the meat smoother.
  3. Press into small patties, as thin as you can possibly make them. Mine are about five inches across when they're raw, but shrink a lot during cooking. I find pressing between two sheets of cling film (Saran Wrap or similar) helps me get a really fine patty in one piece.
  4. Fry in a hot skillet in the vegetable oil until browned on both sides.

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