Spicy Lamb Kofta Meatballs

    45 minutes

    Lamb kofta meatballs flavoured with cumin, cinnamon and pepper and partnered with a garlicky cucumber sauce.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 500g lean minced lamb
    • 1 onion, finely chopped
    • 1 egg
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 3 teaspoons olive oil
    • 2/3 cup Greek-style yoghurt
    • 3 teaspoons olive oil
    • 1/2 Lebanese cucumber, coarsely grated
    • 1 garlic clove, crushed
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Soak eight wooden skewers in cold water for at least 30 minutes. Alternatively, use metal skewers.
    2. Mix together the mince, onion, egg and spices in a bowl. Add salt and pepper, then bind the mixture together either in a food processor or by kneading with your hands.
    3. Divide the mixture into sixteen equal portions, then roll into balls. Thread two meatballs onto each of the skewers, leaving a space of about 2cm between them. Lightly brush with the oil. Preheat a grill to a moderate heat.
    4. To make the dip, blend the yoghurt with the oil, then stir in the cucumber, garlic and salt and pepper to season. Mix well and chill until ready to serve.
    5. Put the skewers under the grill, about 12cm from the heat (if your grill is not 12cm high, watch the skewers carefully when cooking to avoid burning). Cook for about 15 minutes, turning regularly, until golden. Serve with the yoghurt dip.

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    So simple. I actually made them as rissoles and baked them in the oven at a medium temperature because I was roasting beetroot to go with them. Then served the yoghurt mix on the side  -  16 Oct 2012


    Something else. I added garlic to the mince  -  28 Nov 2010


    Used different ingredients. To the mince mixture I add about 1/2 cup of fresh bread crumbs and 1/2 cup chopped continental parsley plus a tablespoon of tomato paste which adds a nice authentic flavour. In the yoghurt dip I used a lebanese cucumber as it is slightly sweeter and the seeds are smaller. I also added a few finely shredded mint leaves.  -  09 May 2011