Lamb Kofta with Herby Yogurt

Kofta are a sort of Middle Eastern meatball, prepared and grilled like a kebab. They are delicious when served in warm pita along with fresh veggies, or by themselves on a big salad. 


For the kofta

  • 1 lb ground lamb (or beef)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground red chili
  • 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper

For the herby yogurt

  • 1 cup plain, unsweetened yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¾ cup Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Put ground meat, herbs, spices and seasoning into a bowl and thoroughly mix all the ingredients.
  2. Using damp hands firmly shape the kofta into 3oz oblong balls and skewer them for ease of cooking. In another bowl add the yogurt and the finely chopped Italian parsley, thyme and oregano leaves. Add crushed garlic, olive oil and spices. Stir to combine then taste and adjust the seasoning.
  3. On a medium high heat, grill the koftas for about 7 mins to medium rare.
  4. Serve with warmed pita, hummus, and a big leafy salad.
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