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Lamb Kofta Kebabs - Easy and Delicious

Lamb Kofta Kebabs are easy to make and more to the point, they are delicious! My 'make it up as you go along' recipe for Kofta Kebabs worked. 

Lamb Kofta Kebabs
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Okay, this isn't the best plated-up picture in the world but you get the idea.

Anyway, there I was at work on Monday filling up the meat fridges when I spied kebabs and so felt the need to be making them.

Once again I read the back of the packet to see what they'd put in and went home with a mission to make them.

Must say, I was really pleased with the result and will make these again.

I cooked them on my amazing electric griddle thing - perfect! But you can, of course, use a grill pan.

Turn them a couple of times so they cook evenly. When they are nicely done and cooked through serve straight away.

Lamb Kofta Kebabs on Grill

I served them with pitta bread that I'd put on the griddle before the kebabs.

Along with a lemon wedge, shredded white cabbage, onion, tomato, cucumber and a couple of pickled chilli peppers (shop brought in a jar).

The dipping sauce was a hot pepper sauce; again shop bought.

Please note

This post was written in 2009 and since then I have come up with a far better lamb kofta recipe - no breadcrumbs involved, check it out!

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Yield: 6
Author: Jan Bennett
Lamb Kofta Kebabs

Lamb Kofta Kebabs

If you are going to cook these on a BBQ soak the skewers in water for an hour beforehand. I'm not too sure if they would fall apart though on a BBQ - I did have to be careful turning mine.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 10 MinTotal time: 20 Min


  • 1 slice of bread to make breadcrumbs
  • 1 onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 500g minced lamb
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons of garam masala
  • ½ a teaspoon of cumin **as garam masala already contains cumin I only used this much
  • 1 and a half tablespoons of Belazu Rose Harissa
  • a squeeze of lemon juice
  • freshly chopped flat-leaved parsley
  • a little salt and pepper
  • 6 wooden skewers about 8 inches in length


  1. You will need a food processor/whizzy thing. Tear the slice of bread in half - leave the crust on it won't matter. Whizz for a few seconds till you have breadcrumbs - remove and set aside.
  2. Now quarter the onion and throw that in along with the garlic cloves and whizz that up till the onion is chopped nice and small.
  3. Now put in the minced lamb but only whizz for a few seconds, as you don't want it too whizzed up or it will go all horrid and paste-like.
  4. In a large mixing bowl put in the onion and garlic the egg yolk, rose harissa paste, garam masala and cumin.
  5. Give it a good mix and then add the minced lamb along with 5 tablespoons of the breadcrumbs and a squeeze of lemon juice.
  6. You need to mix it together to even out the spices and combine it all. Just be careful not to get carried away mixing or as I said before, the lamb will go like paste.
  7. When your almost done, season with a little salt and pepper and add the parsley to the mixture.
  8. I found 5 tablespoons of breadcrumbs worked just fine, but if you think your mixtures is too sloppy - if you've paid attention it shouldn't be! But if it is, then you can add a little more of the breadcrumbs.
  9. Divide the mixture into 6 and using your hands mould it around each wooden skewer keeping them all the same size and shape.
  10. You can take a little of the mixture and fry it, have a taste then you'll know if you need to add more of anything.
  11. I usually do this, but couldn't actually be bothered so took a chance and they were perfect. Now get them cooking.
  12. I cooked them on my amazing electric griddle thing. But you can, of course, use a grill pan.
  13. Turn them a couple of times so they cook evenly. When they are nicely done and cooked through serve straight away.
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  1. Interesting concept, Jan. They sure do seem simple to prepare and I'm liking the blend of flavors. Another keeper!

  2. You've got them spot on Jan - you have some great ideas!

  3. That's brilliant, Jan, you made these kebabs simply by reading the back of the packing!!! These kebabs u made look delicious! Thanks for sharing^^.

  4. Man those look good Jan. Do you ship over to the US? :)

  5. Those look fantastic Jan! I have never had a Kofta, but can see it's about time I got with the program! You are such a great cook! I like to look at the packaes in M&S and figure out how to do it myself as well!

  6. These are just perfect for barbecue season Jan.

  7. These do look good! And easy and simple.

  8. looks delicious - I really like eating kebabs but am terrified of the commercial versions you find outside - you never know what's lurking. Homemade ones are so much better.
    It was lovely meeting you today. Hope you made it home alright xx

  9. Was lovely to meet you today Jan!

    The kebabs look very tasty :)

  10. Jan,

    It was great to meet you too, now I've met you I can just hear you narrating the stories on your blog and laughing! Your mediterranean inspired food looks great. x x x

  11. These kebabs sound really tasty. I have been looking for more ways to use harissa.

  12. The lamb kofta kebabs look wonderful - perhaps I should pop these onto my bbq this weekend.

  13. OH MY GOD...I made Simit Kebab (Turkish) this week, look much like yours. We have the same cravings...yummy!

  14. Great job, Jan. I bet these were yumptious.

  15. Wow...The lamb kofta kebabs look yummy. This is new for me, tomorrw i will try for breakfast.



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