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:amb Kofta with rice and lettuce on a platter.

Lamb Kofta

Teri & Jenny
This Lamb Kofta recipe packs a ton of flavor. The ground lamb is seasoned with a mixture of dried spices and fresh herbs, then grilled to perfection. Serve these Lamb Koftas with basmati rice, or get yourself a spread going and add tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, hummus and tzatziki.
5 from 17 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 21 mins
Total Time 36 mins
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 6
Calories 242 kcal


  • 6 bamboo skewers (12” long and 1/2” wide), soaked in water (~30 minutes)


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 small shallot, minced (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced (or ground) ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • ½ bunch parsley, finely chopped
  • ¼ bunch mint leaves, finely chopped
  • salt and cracked black pepper to taste


  • Place small skillet over medium-high heat. Once skillet is hot, add 1 teaspoon oil. Add shallot, garlic and ginger (if using fresh minced) to skillet and sauté for 4 to 5 minutes.
    Shallots and garlic cooking in a skillet to make Lamb Kofta.
  • Add cumin and coriander (and ginger, if using dry ground) and continue to sauté for 1 minute. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Remove shallot mixture from heat and slightly cool, about 10 minutes.
    Seasoned onion and garlic for lamb kofta recipe.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine ground lamb, shallot mixture, parsley, and mint. Season with salt and cracked black pepper.
    Ground lamb with seasoning in a glass bowl to mix together.
  • Mix together until fully combined.
    Ground lamb combined to make Lamb Kofta recipe.
  • Divide mixture into 6 equal portions and with wet hands form each portion of lamb into a 1 ½” by 7” log. Press a skewer into the center of each lamb log and form the meat around the skewer until secure, leaving about a 4” handle on the bottom and a 1” handle on top.
    Lamb Kofta on a skewers ready to be grilled.
  • Place large grill pan over medium-high heat. Once pan is hot, brush with remaining oil and add skewers, about 1” apart. Grill skewers on each side, for 6 to 8 minutes or until just cooked through, with nice grill marks. Remove from heat, transfer to a platter
    Freshly grilled lamb kofta skewers on a plate.
  • Serve with a bed of basmati rice and a romaine, cucumber and tomato side salad and hummus of choice. Serve.
    Lamb kofta skewers on a platter with pita and rice.



  • *Makes 6 (7” each) Kebabs


Calories: 242kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 13gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 49mgPotassium: 220mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 409IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 2mg
Keyword dinner, grilled lamb, kofta, lamb, lamb kofta
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