The easiest way to make these Middle Eastern-inspired herby lamb koftas is to blend a flavour paste with the onions, herbs, raisins and spices in a food processor.
If you don’t have a food processor, simply chop all the ingredients up very finely. Use your hands to mix everything together and shape it into slightly flattened torpedo shapes as is tradition.
You could also roll them into meatballs and flatten them lightly or even make burger patties and serve them as a lamb burger. Use a griddle pan to cook these and to prevent them from falling apart or oven roast for 30 minutes on a greased baking sheet at 180C.
These lamb koftas are best served in warm pita bread with a vibrant salad and lemon wedges. I love a simple cucumber, tomato and red onion salad dressed with vinaigrette and herbs such as mint and parsley. A few green leaves won’t go amiss either.
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Herby lamb kofta with yoghurt sauce
- 500 gms lamb mince
- 1 free-range egg
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- Salt and pepper a generous amount
- Lemon wedges to serve
- Pita bread & salad to serve
- 1 onion roughly chopped
- 20 gms parsley
- 20 gms fresh coriander
- 10 gms mint
- 50 gms seedless raisins or sultanas
- 50 gms blanched almonds almond flakes or pine nuts, toasted
- 1 tsp cumin
- ¼ tsp turmeric
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup full-fat yoghurt
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- ¼ tsp cumin
- Juice of a 1/2 lemon
- 1 Tbsp finely chopped chives or parsley
- Salt & pepper
- Place the lamb mince, egg, oregano and a generous amount of salt and pepper in a large bowl.
- Add all the flavour paste ingredients to a bowl of a food processor and blend until you have a rough paste. Add this to the lamb mixture and using your hand’s mix well.
- Shape into the kofta or meatball shape, flatten slightly, and cook on a griddle or frying pan with a little olive oil until cooked through and firm.
- Make the yoghurt sauce by combining all the ingredient and seasoning with salt and pepper according to taste.
- Serve with toasted pita bread, yoghurt sauce and a salad of your choice. Cucumber, tomato and red onion works really well here