Ground Lamb Kofta Recipe with Surprise Serving of Veggies

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lamb kofta and israeli salad

This ground lamb kofta recipe blends ground lamb with minced mushrooms, fresh herbs, flavorful spices. It’s an easy main dish that your family won’t even realize contains a serving of veggies.

WHAT IS A LAMB KOFTA?

A kofta is a kind of meatball or meatloaf dish that is typically found in South Asian, Middle Eastern, Balkan and Central Asian cuisine. Here in America, kofta is most commonly thought of as a Middle Eastern or Greek dish.

tzatziki sauce on lamb kofta skewers

The ingredients, and how the kofta recipe is cooked, varies depending on the region. In Morrocco, they are cooked in a tagine. Israeli cuisine has a fish version that is cooked in a tomato stew. In India, vegetarian koftas are quite popular.

So a lamb kofta is simply a dish made of ground lamb mixed with other finely chopped ingredients to form a smooth paste. This ground lamb kofta recipe is pan fried and then served on skewers for a fun kebab you can eat with your fingers.

By using a fatty meat like lamb, your are able to pan fry these koftas without needing any additional oil or fat. If you don’t eat lamb, any ground meat will do. Some people prefer to use ground beef instead of lamb, but we love the authentic flavor the lamb provides.

BLENDING FRESH MUSHROOMS INTO GROUND LAMB

Lamb can be an expensive meat to purchase, but its flavor is unlike any other. Fresh mushrooms are a great way to add bulk to ground meat dishes. They have a meaty texture that can blend easily into the ground lamb to stretch your meat without anyone noticing.

crimini mushrooms in a wood carved basket

I’ve been blending mushrooms into meat for years, so it was a no brainer for me to take the Blenditarian Pledge. I’m a Blenditarian because I love how easy it is to add vegetables to my family’s food!

The Blenditarian Pledge is simply choosing to integrate more mushrooms into your favorite ground meat dishes, like this ground lamb kofta recipe, for better flavor, better health, and better sustainability.

Mushrooms are fat-free, cholesterol free, low in calories, and provide important nutrients like vitamin D, B vitamins, antioxidants and potassium. They are also great for the environment. Mushrooms require very little growing space or water, and are ready to harvest in just a matter of days so they are one of the most earth-friendly and renewable crops available.

crimini mushrooms

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HOW DO YOU MAKE LAMB KOFTA?

  • Start by finely chopping your mushrooms in a food processor then transfer them to a bowl.

mushrooms ground in food processor

  • Sprinkle the ground mushrooms with a pinch of salt, and let sit 15 minutes.
  • Place a small yellow onion, three garlic cloves, fresh parsley, oregano, and mint into the food processor and mince finely. These are you aromatic ingredients.

aromatic ingredients for lamb kofta in food processor

  • Wrap your mushrooms in a paper towel to wring out all the liquid.
  • Place drained mushrooms, the minced onion, garlic and herbs, and 2 pounds ground lamb into a large mixing bowl.

Ingredients for lamb kofta

  • Add a teaspoon of kosher salt and cumin, half a teaspoon of coriander and smoked paprika, and a quarter teaspoon of ground black pepper.
  • Use your hands to mix everything together into a smooth paste.

lamb mixture for ground lamb kofta

  • Form the lamb mixture into balls or “fingers” of meat, and place a few in a non-stick skillet on medium high heat. No need to add olive oil, they will cook in the fat from the lamb
  • Fry the lamb kofta about two minutes on each side, until browned all over.

HOW LONG DO YOU COOK LAMB KOFTA?

How long you cook the lamb kofta depends on your cooking method and the shape of your kofta.

ground lamb kofta meal

These finger shaped koftas take about 8 minutes to cook in the frying pan.

You can also cook all of the kofta at once in the oven. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F, and line the kofta up on a foil lined, rimmed baking sheet. Cook for about 20 minutes.

Whatever method you use to cook your ground lamb kofta, use a meat thermometer to make sure the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F.

HOW TO SERVE LAMB KOFTA

lamb kofta with tzatziki and cucumber salad

We like to eat our lamb kofta on skewers, but they don’t actually cook very well on the skewers, so I insert them after pulling the kofta off the heat.

I dish up a platter of the lamb kofta and drizzle it with homemade tzatziki sauce (made from Greek yogurt, lemon juice, cucumber, garlic, and dill). Top them with a sprinkling of chopped mint, since mint goes so well with lamb and it looks absolutely beautiful.

You could also sprinkle with chili flakes if you’d like a little heat for your lamb kofta.

I typically serve these with an Israeli salad of chopped cucumber, tomato, and red onion tossed with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

lamb kofta dinner

They are also wonderful with feta cheese zucchini fritters, and bruschetta, or stuffed into Greek salad pita pockets.

MORE LAMB RECIPES:

Looking for more ideas for cooking lamb? Here’s some favorites we’ve curated from Eating Richly and our blogging friends.

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ground lamb kofta recipe

5 from 2 votes
lamb kofta and israeli salad
Ground Lamb Kofta Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

This ground lamb kofta recipe blends ground lamb with minced mushrooms, fresh herbs, flavorful spices. It’s an easy main dish that your family won’t even realize contains a serving of veggies. These lamb koftas are gluten free, low carb and keto friendly. Skip the tzatziki sauce and they are dairy free as well.

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Servings: 20 koftas
Calories: 134 kcal
Author: Diana Johnson
Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound crimini mushrooms
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 3 large garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley loosely packed
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint loosely packed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano loosely packed
  • 2 pounds ground lamb
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Tzatziki Sauce to serve
  • chopped mint to serve
Instructions
  1. Place mushrooms in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.

    mushrooms ground in food processor
  2. Transfer chopped mushrooms to a bowl, sprinkle with salt, and let sit 10-15 minutes.

  3. Place a onion, garlic, parsley, mint, and oregano into the food processor and pulse until finely chopped.

    aromatic ingredients for lamb kofta in food processor
  4. Wrap the salted chopped mushrooms in a paper towel and wring out all the liquid.

  5. Place drained mushrooms, the minced onion, garlic and herbs, and ground lamb into a large mixing bowl. 

    ground lamb kofta ingredients in bowl
  6. Add salt, cumin, coriander, paprika, and pepper, then mix well with clean hands until you have a smooth paste.

    ground lamb kofta mixture
  7. Form the lamb mixture into "fingers" about 2 1/2 inches long and an inch in diameter.

  8. Spread your koftas out in a large non-stick skillet on medium high heat. Fry in batches for about two minutes on each side (four sides).

  9. The koftas are done when the internal temperature measures 160 degrees F. Remove from the pan and spear a skewer through each one.

  10. Place on a platter and drizzle with tzatziki sauce then top with fresh chopped mint.

    tzatziki sauce on lamb kofta skewers
Nutrition Facts
Ground Lamb Kofta Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 134 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 145mg 6%
Potassium 173mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 3.6%
Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 1.8%
Iron 5.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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