Don’t you just love the chance of making food for the family in less than 30 minutes? These opportunities are not always available with a family unless freezer food is the only option. Now a good old freezer surprise isn’t always too bad.
But…we are not here to talk about freezer food…. we are here to talk about these lamb kofta that have a spice to them that really brings out the lovely mellow flavours of the lamb. The thyme and little sugar add a bit of sweetness that can bring down the heat of the chilli if you have chosen a hot one, but I like the heat the chilli and cumin brings.
So try this yourselves when you have only a short window to cook dinner. You can even use beef mince if lamb is not available.
Serving is simple and adds only a little time to the dinner. Commonly served with a warmed pitta and salad try serving with either minted slaw or even red cabbage slaw to add a slightly healthier twist.
Lamb Kofta and Mint Yoghurt Dressing
- 500 g Lamb mince
- 1 red chilli
- 1 white onion peeled and roughly chopped
- 2 Garlic cloves
- 1 tbsp. fresh mint
- 1 tsp. Ground cumin
- 1 tsp. Dried thyme
- 1 tsp. Light brown sugar
- Olive oil for frying
Mint Yoghurt Dressing
- 100 g 0% Fat natural yoghurt
- 1 tbsp. fresh mint finely chopped
- ½ lemon juiced
- Put the red chilli, onion, garlic and mint into a food processor and pulse into fine dice. In a large bowl add the lamb mince, cumin, thyme sugar and fine-diced ingredients. Mix together with your hands, season with salt and pepper and shape in to 8 even sausage style shapes. Place on a plate and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Heat a griddle pan or non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Take out the koftas and brush with a little olive oil. Place the koftas in to the pan and cook for 10-15 minutes turning frequently but allow a nice golden brown colour to form before turning.
- While the koftas are cooking mix the yoghurt, mint and lemon juice in a bowl and place to the side.
- Once cooked serve to your liking. Popular suggestions are with a pitta and slaw. See below notes on some slaw ideas that go great with these koftas.