Lamb koftas

Lamb koftas

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(53 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins Per serving


Serves 8
With only 5 ingredients, these lean meatballs couldn't be any easier to make

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal141
  • fat9g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs2g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre1g
  • protein13g
  • salt0.15g
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  • 500g lamb mince
  • 1 tsp ground cumin



    An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 fat garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp chopped mint



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

  • oil for brushing


  1. Mix together all the ingredients until well blended. Divide into 8 balls, then roll each ball on a board with a cupped hand to turn them into ovals.

  2. Thread onto 4 metal skewers and brush with oil. To cook on a griddle: heat the pan until you can feel a good heat rising and cook for 3-4 mins each side. Don’t turn until they are well sealed or the meat will stick to the grill or pan. Season if you want, and set aside. Serve the koftas with yogurt and spiced flat breads.

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4th Mar, 2017
If you're going to make the yogurt and mint sauce dip, very finely dice a cucumber into it. Split it in half, use a spoon to scrap the seeds out (or it will be really watery), cut along the length 5 or 6 times, then horizontal to make tiny squares, mix in the yogurt and mint sauce.
29th Nov, 2015
Extremely easy to prepare and delicious. Took on board the doubling up of spices and glad I did. I think it could even take doubling up again. Will make again, especially during BBQ time. Served with yogurt with mint, soft bread and tomato and onion salad.
4th Sep, 2015
Made this yesterday. After reading comments doubled spices and added dried chilli powder. Served in soft tortilla wraps with salad and mint yoghurt dip. Delicious!! 5 stars for ease of making and taste!
29th Mar, 2015
I've made these a few times now, and they're really good but they need a lot more spice - I treble the amount stated and add some chilli flakes, plus a really good dose of salt. Really nice with minted yoghurt, Greek salad and roasted sweet potato and peppers, or herb rice.
4th Jan, 2015
These were simply delicious, will defiantly be making them again! We served them with pittas and couscous.
20th Oct, 2014 were amazing. I served them with warm pittas, an onion salad and a mint and yoghurt dip. Will be doing these quite regular!
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24th Aug, 2014
Simple and delicious, I used 750g of mince, an extra tsp each of ground cumin and coriander and whizzed up half the mince with the chopped mint and garlic, plus a bit of fresh coriander and a splash of lemon juice. This mixed with the remaining mince gives a lovely texture and I served with greek yoghurt mixed with ready made mint sauce.
8th Aug, 2014
So delicious, we'll definitely make these again. I served it with Geek salad (also from bbc good food) and a homemade yogurt and mint dip.
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15th Jul, 2014
divine!!! yummy........ but i had to add eggs coz i cooked them on the bbq!!!
22nd May, 2014
I didn't have any ground cumin, quite annoyingly, so substituted the cumin and coriander for a tsp of raw el hangout. Shaped in to mini burgers, seared in a griddle pan and finished in the oven. Delicious served with a warm sandwich thin, salad and mint yogurt dressing.


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