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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.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Barbeque, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Party Food
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 koftas
Calories 218kcal
Author Charlotte Oates


  • 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