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Wednesday, 13 April 2011

RECIPE: Spicy Lamb Koftas (Or Koofteh as we say in Iran)

So many countries around the world have their own version of these meaty patties and it just goes to show you how versatile they can be. I love every single version of them, but here is my own version that borrows its earthy spices from the middle east, but takes its heat from the fiery chillies that the Indians use to flavour their version. I like to serve mine with aromatic Basmati rice, which makes the perfect accompaniment.

Spiced Lamb Koftas

500g minced lamb (minced beef also works)
4 inches grated ginger
2 red chillies
4-6 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon of turmeric
8 spring onions (white parts only)
1 heaped teaspoon of cinnamon
2 heaped teaspoon of ground cumin powder
1 tablespoon of Maldon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon of cracked black pepper
1 very generous handful of coriander
Tablespoon of cooking oil


Place the lamb mince into a mixing bowl then finely chop your chillies and garlic and thinly slice your spring onions and add them to the lamb. Add all your seasonings and spices to the lamb and finely chop your coriander and also add to the lamb. Using your hands, really work in all the ingredients into the mince and ensure the are all well incorporated and divide the mixture into balls (roughly the size of golf balls) and pat them down to flatten them. They should be approximately 3 inches wide and about 1 inch thick.

In a preheated frying pan on a medium-high heat, add your oil and without over-crowding your frying pan, fry several of the patties at once. Once in the pan, don’t keep moving them around, just leave them to colour nicely on each side, allowing 6-8 minutes cooking time on each side. Once cooked through, serve immediately. Great with rice, but naan bread or tortilla wraps are also a great way to eat them, perfect with a drizzle of thick Greek yoghurt.


  1. Hi, I've just discovered you're blog and in loving your recipes! I was just wondering if there was another way to cook these other than frying them? I'm sure this is a silly question but could they be grilled?

  2. Hi! You definitely can grill, BBQ or dry fry them (as lamb has plenty of fat in it!) Good luck and let me know how it goes! Best wishes Sabrina x