Lamb Koftas

The spiciness and taste of these lamb meatballs, very typical in the Middle East, are perfectly balanced by the freshness of a yogurt and cucumber sauce aside. Yummy!

Ingredients (for 2)

  • 1 1/2 cup ground lamb
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 cup white yogurt
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander / cilantro
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 garlic clove
  • salt & black pepper


  • Soak some wooden skewers in hot water for a few minutes
  • In the meantime, take a small bowl and mix the yogurt with extremely finely diced cucumber
  • Sprinkle with some lemon juice and set aside
  • In a large bowl, stir to combine the minced lamb with the fresh chopped coriander, parsley, cumin, minced garlic, salt, and black pepper
  • Wet your hands with some water and start to roll with your hand about 2 tbsp of the mixture into a sausage shape
  • When you have shaped all meat in koftas, carefully push a soaked skewer lengthways into each kofta
  • Take a grill pan and gently brush it with some oil (you can soak a bit of paper with the oil and then gently rub the grill)
  • Heat the grill pan at high temperature and cook the koftas, turning frequently, for about 8 minutes for slightly rare, or 10 minutes for well done
  • Serve hot with some yogurt cream aside!

Tips from the Chef

  • Be sure to use white non sweet yogurt
  • Try to cook your koftas on the barbecue and your Sundays will never be the same again!