Lamb Kofta

I first started making Lamb Kofta only a couple of years ago when I was living with a family for a year. It became one of those go to recipes when ever lamb mince was on special. Honestly, they are just really fancy lamb rissoles, but because they are shaped differently and put on a stick, everyone thinks they must be something amazing!

What is it with things on a stick? Kids will generally eat everything if it is on a stick???? maybe it is just one of life’s mysteries! If I am just making them for me I don’t bother with sticks but they look a bit more fancy if you are taking them somewhere. They are a great alternative for a BBQ and you can prepare them a day ahead, but don’t forget to soak the wooden sticks so they don’t burn up on the BBQ.

Lamb Kofta

They are much tastier if you leave them for a few hours, but just as good if you make them and cook them. In fact, if you make them the day before, it allows all the flavours to get yummier. I often make them in the morning and leave them all day…. it is so nice to know that dinner is mostly done! They are also great to make and put into the freezer for those times when you couldn’t be bothered! Defrost, make some couscous (5  minutes) and serve with a salad and some yogurt.


3 Cloves of Garlic

2 Onions

1 kg of Lamb Mince

5 Teaspoons of Ground Coriander (10g)

3 Teaspoons of Ground Cumin (5g)

2 Teaspoons of Smokey Paprika (5g)

1/2 Bunch of fresh Parsley (leaves only)

20g of lemon juice (approximately 1/2 lemon)

2 Eggs

Salt and Pepper (to taste)

1 cup bread crumbs (120g)

Ingredients Couscous

2 Cups of Dry Couscous (320g)

2 Cups of Boiled Water (300g)

2 Teaspoons of powdered stock (1 Tablespoon of TM Paste)

60g of Unsalted Butter


1. Grated onion and garlic (YES GRATE, close your eyes while you do it).

2. Place grated onion, garlic. finely chopped parsley and all other ingredients into a bowl and mix until well combined.

3. Shape into Kofta’s (I find it best, if you are using sticks, to shape the kofta around the stick.)

Lamb Kofta

Ready for the BBQ

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In the Frying Pan without sticks… you choose!

4. Cover and leave to rest in the fridge overnight or at least for a couple of hours.

5. You can pop them under the grill, in a frying pan or on the BBQ.

NB if you are BBQing please soak the sticks in water as this will help them not to burn!

Couscous Method

1. In a large bowl, combine boiled water, stock, and butter and mix until combined until better is almost melted

2. Pour dry couscous into we mixture and stir quickly to combine.

3. Cover bowl immediately with Cling wrap or anything so that is an airtight seal.

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4. Leave or 5 minutes then fluff with a fork and it is really to serve.

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5 minutes later it is done!

So then all you have to do is put some couscous on a plate pop on a few kofta and give a generous dollop of yogurt. I also like to sprinkle a bit of chopped fresh coriander over the top too!

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Just a little bit fancy for the blog



1. Place onion, garlic and parsley into mixing bowl and chop 3 seconds/speed 7 scrape down the side of the bowl and repeat.

2. Add all other ingredients and mix 15 seconds/speed 5.

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It looks better when it is cooked.

3. Shape into Kofta’s (I find it best, if you are using sticks, to shape the kofta around the stick.)

4. Cover and leave to rest in the fridge overnight or at least for a couple of hours.

5. You can put them in the Varoma and steam them for 20 minutes then pop them in to a hot pan to brown them or put them directly in a frying pan, under the grill, or on the BBQ.

Make couscous as above, but in your Thermoserver!

Lamb Kofta

This recipe makes 24 kofta, but remember they freeze really well, so if you won’t eat that many make the whole lot and put some in the freezer for later. It takes the same amount of time to do 1kg as it does 500g! Save time and then you know that you have a meal/s ready to go! i hope you enjoy my version of Lamb Kofta.

I really do like when you pop in and leave a message for me, especially if you have made the recipe and it worked for you or your family!

Enjoy Irresponsibly!

Liz x