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Lamb Koftas – Spicy & Easy

Spicy Lamb Koftas with Yoghurt and Mint

We so love these Spicy Lamb Koftas so easy to make and perfect served with a yoghurt and mint dressing. We eat them very often, both in winter and in summer. They are even great chucked on the BBQ from time to time, they are so perfect for a BBQ and they make a refreshing change to the sausages and burgers! I really do love lamb it’s one of my favourite meats. Here served with lots of lovely spices and herbs, including cumin, coriander, mink, chilli for that kick. It’s something different and makes a great change.

So what is a Kofta exactly? Well according to Wikipedia

Kofta is a family of meatball or meatloaf dishes found in South Asian, Middle Eastern, Balkan, and Central Asian cuisine. In the simplest form, koftas consist of balls of minced or ground meat—usually beef, chicken, lamb, or pork—mixed with spices and/or onions. So there we have it!

Have a go and let me know what you think to these Koftas – please do so by dropping me a comment under the recipe. I do so love to have your comments

Also check out my Crispy Chilli Beef also lovely and spicy

Thanks Clare x


Makes 4 – takes about 30 minutes
(You will need 4 metal or bamboo skewers)


  • 400g Minced lamb
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped red Chilli (Very Lazy) or 1/2 fresh red chilli, chopped finely)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Fresh Thyme
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Fresh Mint
  • Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper
  • 1 clove Garlic crushed, or a squirt chilled Garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Cumin
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Coriander
  • 1 lemon (zest) and you will need the juice below


  • Dressing
  • 50g Fat free natural Yoghurt
  • Handful fresh Mint – Chopped
  • 1/2 lemon squeezed



  • Bag of Salad leaves (whatever you like)
  • 1/2 Red onion very thinly sliced
  • Salt & Black pepper
  • 1/2 Cucumber – chopped into small batons
  • Drizzle of olive oil and squeeze lemon Juice

Preparation Method

Method Koftas

  1. In a large Bowl add Minced Lamb followed by all the ingredients under Kofta’s. Mix really well with a spoon
  2. or just use your (washed) hands.
  3. Split the mix into 4 and form each portion around a skewer, squeeze into a sausage shape then as above
  4. photo. Chill for as long as you like.
  5. Grill under a very high heat for 12-15 mins, or BBQ over hot coals, turning a few times

Method Dressing

  1. While the Kofta’s are cooking make the dressing, simply mix the Yoghurt with the chopped mint and juice 1/2 squeezed lemon.
  2. Stir and season.

Method Salad

  1. Dress the salad leaves, cucumber batons and onions with a drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice, toss and season.
  2. When the kofta’s are cooked slide off the skewers with a fork (careful hot!) Serve with the salad and dressing, yum with new potatoes as well !
  3. Yummy and a little bit different …… Enjoy Cx