Lamb Koftas

Lisa Kotler
by Lisa Kotler
4 servings
35 min

This recipe is so easy and has become a staple in our family. I make it at least once a month on rotation. Sometimes I grill, pan-fry, or broil them. It doesn't matter how I prepare these lamb koftas, they are always moist and delicious. I think it is the seasoning that makes this recipe so delicious. Especially the cinnamon which just pops the flavour. Having fresh herbs on hand also elevates the flavour. I keep ground lamb in my freezer all the time so I can easily whip up this dish for a quick weeknight meal. Serve it with toasted seasoned pita chips, pickled onions, and either store-bought or homemade tzatziki.

Recipe details
  • 4  servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 20 Minutes Total time: 35 min
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Lamb Koftas
  • 1 lb / 500 g lamb mince (ground lamb) 1/2 onion, grated 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro 
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley 
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 black pepper
Lamb Koftas
Add Kofta ingredients and mix well with your hands.
With damp hands, divide the meat into 8 equal pieces and push and shape the meat onto 8 rectangular pieces.
Cooking options: 
Stove: Preheat 1 tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook in batches for 5 minutes in total, turning to brown evenly all over.
BBQ: BBQ on medium-high for about 6 minutes, rotating to brown all over.
Broiler/oven grill: preheat and cook koftas 30cm/10" from heat source for 12 minutes, rotating as needed until lightly browned (you won't get as good a browning as stove/BBQ).
Serve with toasted seasoned pita, tzatziki and pickled onions
Spice Mix
Mix all ingredients into a bowl
Add to the lamb in a mixing bowl
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