Koftas remind me of holidays, they just seem like the perfect street food!
These Lamb Koftas are aromatic, juicy and delicious, and they have the right mix of spices to give that iconic middle eastern street food flavour.
I absolutely LOVE cooking with lamb, it's one of Chris and my favourite meats!
From a traditional Lancashire hotpot, to roast lamb, to lamb curry (lamb works REALLY well in a curry), Korean style lamb cutlets and my crispy lamb salad (my favourite salad of all time), it's such a versatile meat that works well in so many flavour combinations.
These Lamb Koftas are no exception, the lamb works so well with the spices and the fat in the lamb means they're going to be full of flavour and nice and juicy. This recipe, however, is actually one of Chris's. I'm sure I've mentioned before he loves to cook, and I love it when he does 😊
📋 What do we need?
🧄 The Kofta spices
Lamb Koftas are considered a Middle Eastern dish and there are many variations out there. Most recipes call for a blend of cumin, coriander and cinnamon, to give that iconic Kofta flavour.
* I'm also adding ¼ tsp of chilli flakes along with the spices and seasoning to give a little kick of heat but that's completely optional.
🔪 How to make lamb koftas
Full recipe with detailed steps in the recipe card at the end of this post.
- First of all we're going to fry off the onions until they're just starting to caramelise. This gives a little hint of delicious sweetness to the koftas.
- Next we add the rest of the ingredients into a bowl and give it a good mix together
- Shape the koftas into sausage shapes around metal skewers.
👩🍳PRO TIP When shaping them onto skewers use a damp hand. This will help the mixture stick to the kebab skewer and not your hand.
Then we griddle, grill (broil) or BBQ the koftas until beautifully golden and cooked through.
👩🍳PRO TIP As with most meats you want to rest them for 3 to 5 minutes before serving. This is a key step to ensure that the lamb koftas are lovely and juicy.
Yes, these can be made up ahead, covered and stored in the fridge (uncooked). Bring them out of the fridge and leave them covered for 30 minutes to allow them to come up to room temperature before cooking.
Yes, you can use minced beef with these koftas. As with the lamb, go with 20% fat, so they're nice and juicy.
Yes, this recipe scales quite easily. We made a double batch of these recently using 2x all of the ingredients and it worked perfectly.
You can swap the fresh mint for the same quantity of fresh coriander (cilantro).
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Lamb Kofta Kebab Recipe
- 500 g (1.1 lb) lamb mince
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 small onion - (finely diced)
- 2 cloves garlic - (minced)
- 1 tbsp fresh mint - (finely chopped)
- 2 ½ tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp ground coriander (cilantro)
- ½ tsp chilli flakes - (optional)
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- Add the 1 tbsp of olive oil to a frying pan (or skillet) and heat over a medium heat.
- Add in the finely diced onion and fry for 4-5 minutes stirring occasionally until the onion softens and starts to caramelise.
- Add in the 2 cloves of minced garlic and cook for another 30 seconds stirring continuously.
- Place the onion and garlic in a bowl and allow to cool.
- In a mixing bowl add the minced lamb and the remaining kofta ingredients along with the cooled onion and garlic mixture.
- Mix together until thoroughly combined.
- Shape the mixture into koftas on skewers with wet hands (we're using wet hands to help ensure the mixture doesn't stick to you). Squeeze them quite tightly to the skewers (see note 1 and 2).
- Cook the koftas on a griddle or BBQ on medium to high heat for around 5-7 minutes, turning 3-4 times during cooking (see note 3). When turning it's a good idea to have a set of tongs handy, as the meat needs a bit of extra support when turning initially - as it's quite delicate.
- Remove from the heat and allow to rest for 3-5 minutes before serving.
- Serve with some flatbreads, yoghurt dip and a sprinkling of fresh coriander.
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