Lamb Kofta with garlic and mint sauce

Traditional Greek or North African food. These Koftas are quick and easy to make. Add a little chilli if you like them spicier.
15 minutes
10 minutes
20 koftas

Kofta Ingredients

  • 500g lamb mince
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp fresh finely chopped mint leaves
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste

Sauce ingredients

  • 250 ml greek or natural yogurt
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • a squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh mint leaves


  1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Use your hands and press the mixture together firmly as you go to help it bind.
  2. Take small pieces about the size of a table tennis ball and with wet hands form into a ball then into an oval shape.
  3. Thread onto skewers (remember to pre-soak them if you are using wooden or bamboo ones) and place on the heated barbecue.
  4. Cook for around 10 minutes turning regularly until nicely browned and cooked through.
  5. To make the sauce, simply combine all the ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate until required.
  6. Serve the koftas warm on a tortilla wrap or in a pitta bread with salad and drizzled with the garlic and mint sauce.

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