Mrsfoodiemumma – Marie Muccio, foodie, wife, mum of three and loving granddaughter – inspiring you to get excited about food!
Who wants to cook up a Middle Eastern feast with me! When you’re after something a little bit different and a bit exotic, lamb koftas are really easy to put together and don’t take long to cook. Full of fragrant spices and fresh herbs they are so delicious too.
Kofta (or kefta) are a Middle Eastern dish made with minced lamb, spices and fresh herbs. Traditionally the koftas are shaped around a skewer and then placed on a hot grill.
When I am making these at home for the family I shape them into smaller portions without a skewer and cook them in a pan. They come out equally delicious but if it’s that smokey flavour you’re after then try cooking them on a Webber or BBQ.
I love a dish that can be prepared earlier or made ahead to make dinner time a breeze. You can roll the koftas and place them in the fridge for up to 2 days. They can also be frozen.
To turn dinner time into a middle Easter feast, lamb koftas are perfectly paired with warm flat bread, creamy hummus, and tabouli. The recipes for these delicious sides can be found at mrsfoodiemumma.com.
There are many variations to koftas and they can be made with beef instead of lamb if you prefer. I add in roughly chopped pistachios to add texture and crunch. So why not try something different and give these a go. I really hope you enjoy these moorish koftas and taste for yourself how delicious every single bite is!
- 500 g lamb mince
- 1 large garlic clove crushed
- ¼ cup pistachios roughly chopped
- ¼ cup parsley finely chopped
- ¼ cup mint finely chopped
- 1 tbs fresh thyme leaves
- 2 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp ground coriander
- 2 tsp paprika
- 2 tsp sumac
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 3 tbs olive oil for frying
- Place all the ingredients in a large bowl along with a good pinch of salt and pepper and mix with your hands until well combined.
- Using damp hands, divide the mixture into 12 equal kofta’s. You can either mold them around BBQ skewers or leave as is.
- Heat the oil in a fry-pan over medium-high heat.
- Cook the kofta’s in batches for 8-10 minutes or until golden all over and cooked through.
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