Lamb Kofta Kebabs

    1 hour 50 minutes

    These barbecued kebabs have six kinds of spices and are wonderful served with yoghurt, flat bread, lettuce, tomato and cucumber.

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    Serves: 28 

    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 teaspoon sea salt
    • 500g lamb mince
    • 3 tablespoons grated onion
    • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
    • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 28 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes

    Preparation:45min  ›  Cook:5min  ›  Extra time:1hour chilling  ›  Ready in:1hour50min 

    1. Mash the garlic into a paste with the salt using a mortar and pestle or the flat side of a chef's knife on your cutting board. Mix the garlic into the lamb along with the onion, parsley, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, allspice, cayenne pepper, ginger and pepper in a mixing bowl until well blended.
    2. Form the mixture into 28 balls. Form each ball around the tip of a skewer, flattening into an oval; repeat with the remaining skewers. Place the kebabs onto a baking tray, cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes, or up to 12 hours.
    3. Preheat barbecue for medium heat and lightly oil grate.
    4. Cook the skewers on the preheated grate, turning occasionally until the lamb has cooked to your desired degree of doneness, about 6 minutes for medium.

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    Very good, tastes authentic. I use ground beef instead of lamb and serve with the traditional garlic sauce: 4 gloves of garlic, peeled and crushed, 1/4 c olive oil, juice of 1 lemon, 1/4 teaspoon salt. Process in blender or food processor. If the mixture is too runny, add mayo to thicken it to a creamy-thick consistency. Serve over the koftas.  -  23 May 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Made these with only ground beef, and baked them for 25 minutes at 350, and served them with some lettuce, yogurt, tomatoes, and a sliced up garlic pickle in a pita - delicious!!!  -  07 Jul 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    We recently moved from the Detroit metro area where we were lucky enough to have our choice of many of the best middle eastern restaurants in the U.S. These kebabs taste just like the Kofta we sampled in so many places - delicious!! We used beef instead of lamb, but I have also had chicken kofta.  -  10 Jun 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)