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Zesty Lamb Koftas

These easy lamb koftas flavoured with spices, mint and lemon zest are perfect for a summer barbecue, served in a flat bread with salad and yogurt.
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 koftas


  • 6 skewers - if you're using wooden skewers then soak them in cold water for a few minutes before adding the meat to ensure they don't burn during cooking.


  • 500 g lamb mince
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 2 tbsp fresh mint leaves finely chopped
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • ½ red onion
  • ¼ tsp salt


  • Peel and crush the garlic (2 cloves), finely grate the zest of one lemon and grate (or finely chop) half a red onion.
  • Put all of the ingredients into a large bowl (500g lamb mince, 1 tbsp ground cumin, 1 tbsp ground coriander, 2 tbsp fresh mint, ¼ tsp salt, lemon zest, garlic and red onion). Use your hands to mix everything together until the ingredients are evenly distributed in the lamb mince.
  • Form into 36 balls about 1" in diameter and then thread the balls into the skewers (6 per skewer).
  • These zesty lamb koftas can be barbecued, fried, grilled or cooked in the oven. Check they're cooked through before serving.

To Barbecue

  • Cook on a hot barbecue for about 3 minutes on each side.

To Fry

  • Cook in a large frying pan (over a medium heat) for about 3 minutes on each side.

To Grill

  • Cook under a hot grill for 3-4 minutes on each side.

To Oven Cook

  • Cook in an oven pre-heated to 200ºC/180ºC fan for 6-8 minutes.
  • Serve - These koftas can be enjoyed straight from the skewer or served in a flat bread or pitta with some salad (I added lettuce, tomatoes, red onion and a drizzle of natural yogurt to mine).


The nutrition information provided includes the lamb kofta only and excludes the flat bread and salad pictured.


Serving: 1kofta | Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 14.5g | Fat: 16.9g | Saturated Fat: 7.9g | Sodium: 160mg | Fiber: 0.9g | Sugar: 0.4g

Any nutritional information provided is the estimated nutritional information per serving. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you would like to learn more about how this is calculated.

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Barbeque, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Party Food
Author: Charlotte Oates