Lamb Koftas With a Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

Lisa Kotler
by Lisa Kotler
8 Pieces
30 min

A little dinner inspiration for you. These are lamb koftas with a cool cucumber yogurt dipping sauce. A nice summer dinner that I served with warm pita, salad and smashed potatoes on the side. I sometimes I serve my koftas on a skewer and make kofta lollipops which is fun for entertaining as well. Either stuffed in a pita or on a skewer, the meat is flavourful and can be prepared on a grill, in a skillet or under the broiler. I opted to use the broiler so as to minimize mess and fat. You might prefer to substitute the minced lamb for beef or chicken. Any option works.

Lamb Koftas With a Cucumber Yogurt Sauce
Recipe details
  • 8  Pieces
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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Lamb Koftas
  • 1 lb / 500 g ground lamb
  • 1/2 onion , grated
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs either seasoned or plain
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
Kofta Spices
  • * 2 tsp cumin
  • * 2 tsp coriander
  • * 2 tsp paprika
  • * 1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
  • * 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • /2 black pepper
Yogurt Sauce
  • * 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • * 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • * 1 clove garlic minced
  • * 1 tsp cumin
  • * 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • * 2 finely minced mini cucumbers
  • * 1/4 tsp salt and pepper , each
Grate the onion into the bowl using a standard box grater. Add remaining Kofta ingredients and mix well with your hands.
* With damp hands, divide the meat into 8 equal pieces and push and shape the meat into a rectangular tube shape. onto 8 skewers.
Stove: Preheat 1/2 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).
Yogurt Sauce
Combine the yogurt sauce ingredients and leave in fridge for at least 20 minutes for the flavor to develop.
  • Serve with warm pitas and lots of sides like Israeli salad, coleslaw, tabbouleh, hummus, potatoes or rice. If you serve on skewers, soak before cooking koftas on a bbq.
Lisa Kotler
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