Lamb Koftas

Master the basics

Eating clean gets a lot easier once you have mastered a few essential recipes. This recipe is basic, not like basic unicorn basic, more like beard and flannel basic. Back to the point (which isn’t Unstable unicorns), having basic skills and recipes in your arsenal means you will never be left with only UberEats as your weeknight options. Once you master this recipe, the possibilities are endless. 

Revisiting family favourites

I’ve been revisiting recipes that have been some of my old school recipes and family favourites that were our staples when we got started as clean eaters. I first posted this recipe in 2015; at that time, the kids were fussy, vegetables had to be hidden and disguised, and there was no potential for intense flavours or spice. 

Times (thankfully) have changed, the kids have grown (like man-sized grown), and they now enjoy a wide range of foods. Things like vegetables are enjoyed, spice and chilli are consumed without complaint, and new ingredients are tried without tantrums.

As the kids have grown, my recipes have changed organically to meet their palates and preferences, I’ve updated this recipe because of that, but fear not, all I have done is make it a little bit better.

Great for a bulk cook

Koftas have always been one of the regular bulk cooks and freeze options in my recipe book because they are simple to make and very quick to cook. This recipe is my go whenever I find minced lamb on offer. They are a brilliant option when you have a busy week but want a quick and tasty meal, and I like to serve them with salad and a simple dressing.

Lamb koftas recipe

Ingredients

  • 400g Lamb mince
  • 2 tsp. parsley
  • 1 tsp. garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. ground coriander 

Soak eight bamboo skewers in a glass of water for 10 minutes.

In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients. 

When the meat is well mixed, divide the mix into eight balls.

Take one of the soaked skewers and shape a ball of the meat around the skewer. 

You should end up with a sausage on a stick.

Repeat with the remaining meat and skewers.

Heat a little oil in a frying pan over a medium heat.

Cook the koftas over a medium heat until the meat is browned all over. 

It should take 6-10 minutes. 

Alternatively, line a baking tray with baking paper or a silicone liner.

Pre heat the oven to 200 degrees C / 400 degrees F

Place the koftas on the baking tray

Bake for 10 minutes

Serve while the koftas are hot.

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Credit: Cath @ easycleaneats 

Ingredients

  • 400g Lamb mince
  • 2 tsp. parsley
  • 1 tsp. garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. ground coriander 

Directions

  1. Soak eight bamboo skewers in a glass of water for 10 minutes.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients. 
  3. When the meat is well mixed, divide the mix into eight balls.
  4. Take one of the soaked skewers and shape a ball of the meat around the skewer. 
  5. You should end up with a sausage on a stick.
  6. Repeat with the remaining meat and skewers.
  7. Heat a little oil in a frying pan over a medium heat.
  8. Cook the koftas over a medium heat until the meat is browned all over. 
  9. It should take 6-10 minutes. 
  10. Alternatively, line a baking tray with baking paper or a silicone liner.
  11. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees C/ 400 degrees F
  12. Place the koftas on the baking tray
  13. Bake for 10 minutes
  14. Serve while the koftas are hot.

Nutrition

Per Serving:303 calories; 11 g fat; 2 g carbohydrates; 17 g protein

Equipment

  • Bamboo skewers
  • Mixing bowl
  • Frying pan

Nutritional disclaimer

Nutrition information is provided as an estimate based on the ingredients used and available in my area (New Zealand). The nutritional information is here to help you understand the recipe; I use MyFitnessPal to generate my estimates. For more accurate nutritional information, please use a nutritional calculator with the ingredients in your area.

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