Lamb koftas

Lamb koftas

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(87 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins Per serving


Serves 8

With only five 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 eight balls, then roll each ball on a board with a cupped hand to turn them into ovals. Thread onto four metal skewers and brush with oil.

  2. 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.

  3. Season if you want, and set aside. Serve the koftas with yogurt and spiced flat breads.

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Sam Standen's picture
Sam Standen
8th Jul, 2020
I make this every couple of weeks and it's a favourite with the family.
12th Feb, 2020
Lovely recipe, glad I also read the comments and atleast doubled up the spices. Served with pitta, salad, and halloumi. Really nice x
29th Jul, 2018
These are a new family favourite, will take the advice from previous comments and increase the spice next time!
balck777's picture
6th May, 2018
This was absolutely yummy! I've been put off making koftas before because of the list of ingredients, but this was simple and delicious. I'm not keen on mint so I switched for mixed herbs. All of us including kids enjoyed it very much. We had it with tortilla wraps, red pepper, cucumber, garlic mayo and houmus.
CotswoldMummy's picture
28th Aug, 2017
Great wee recipe. My family adored these. I read the comments and doubled the spices but my boys said they could have taken even more spice so I'll likely triple the spices stated next time. Served with pitta, mint and yogurt dip, salad and some herby couscous. Also grilled some halloumi on the side so everyone could make up their own pitta pockets. Will definitely make again. Easy peasy...By the way, I didn't bother with the skewers...just popped them straight onto a hot griddle and they worked a treat.
Sam Standen's picture
Sam Standen
8th Jul, 2020
This recipe does not contain wee!
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.


12th Jun, 2017
Hi, does this work better if you use fresh mint?
goodfoodteam's picture
14th Jun, 2017
Thanks for your question Jenna. Yes the recipes uses chopped fresh mint.
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