Lamb Koftas Lamb Koftas
Prep 15 minutes
Total 25 minutes
Serves
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Lamb Koftas

These delicious lamb koftas are packed with flavour and incredibly quick and easy to make. The lamb mince is seasoned with onion, garlic, fresh herbs and spices, then grilled to perfection. Serve with Saffron Rice or warm, homemade Flatbreads and salad for the perfect summery meal.

Ingredients
For the kofta:
  • 1 kg lamb mince
  • 1 onion, grated or very finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1½ tbsps ground cumin
  • 1½ tbsps fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 1½ tbsps fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • ½ tbsp crushed red chilli flakes, optional
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • ½ tsp freshly-ground black pepper
  • wooden or metal skewers
For the garlic and herb yoghurt sauce:
  • 150 g natural yoghurt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

METHOD 

  1. Start by making the garlic and herb yoghurt sauce, if using. Combine the ingredients in a small bowl. Season with sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste. Cover and refrigerate to allow the flavours to develop while you prepare the koftas.
  2. Using your hands, combine the kofta ingredients in a large bowl until well-incorporated and evenly combined.
  3. To make kebabs: 1) Divide into 12 portions and mould onto skewers. 2) Heat a lightly oiled pan, griddle or grill over medium-high. Cook the kebabs, turning occasionally, until just cooked through, around 8 minutes. You don’t want to overcook them as they’ll dry out. Tip: to avoid the meat sticking to the pan or grill, wait until the kebabs are seared and well-sealed on one side before turning. 
  4. To make meatballs: 1) Roll the mixture into 1 heaped tablespoon-sized meatballs. It helps to lightly oil your hands when doing this. 2) Heat a lightly oiled pan, griddle or grill over medium-high. Cook the meatballs until just cooked through, around 8 minutes. You can either individually turn each meatball every couple of minutes or, to make things easier, simply give the pan a good shake every couple of minutes – this will ensure that they brown all over. Note: this will only work with a non-stick pan.
  5. Serve with Saffron Rice or warm, homemade Flatbreads and salad for the perfect summery meal.
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