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 Greek Kofta Recipe

Lamb Kofta
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This is a tasty winter-warmer dish but at the same time it's great for the barbecue. Easy and quick to make it goes superbly with our Greek yogurt sauce and rice or salad.

KEY POINTS

 Preparation Time:  15 minutes  Cooking Time:   12 minutes
 How Difficult  Easy  Freeze?   No
 Servings

4 portions

INGREDIENTS

Ingredients for Koftas

Imperial

Metric

Minced lamb

1lb 2oz

500g

Small onion 1
Small egg 1
Ground coriander 1 teaspoon
Ground cumin teaspoon
Lemon juice or zest of 1 lemon 1 teaspoon
Garlic cloves 2
Dried mint or fresh mint 1 tablespoon (2 for fresh)
Lamb or vegetable stock cube 1
Yogurt Sauce

Imperial

Metric

Greek Yogurt 7oz 200g
Chopped parsley 2 tablespoons
Lemon juice 1 teaspoon

COOK'S NOTES
: The word Kofta (called keftedes in Greece) is derived from the Persian word "koffteh", literally meaning "pounded meat". It is first recorded as a recipe in Turkey.

There are literally hundreds of versions of this dish and they come from countries such as Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Albania and Armenia. Our version is made from lamb with the herbs coriander and cumin making this a distinctly Greek variety.

COOKING EQUIPMENT
1 frying pan
4 skewers (optional)

PREPARATION
Peel and finely chop (it's important to chop finely) the onion.
Peel and finely chop the garlic.
 
METHOD
Put all the ingredients for the Koftas in a largish bowl and mix it well with you hands. Make sure the egg is mixed in well.

Divide the mix into eight and firmly shape each into a ball shape. Firm each kofta well so that it doesn't break up when cooking.

Raw Kofta mix

 
Raw Kota shaped Cool your hands under running cold water for a minute and then mould the Koftas into the shape shown on the right.

Firm each kofta well again so that it doesn't break up when cooking.

 
Rather than put the skewers into the koftas at this stage, cook them first. This reduces the risk of the koftas falling apart.

On a medium barbecue they will take about four minutes each side. In a frying pan on medium to high heat, they will take about 6 minutes each side.

 
While the koftas are cooking, mix the ingredients for the Yogurt sauce with a fork for about 30 seconds.

Skewer two Koftas per person, serve with rice and a salad or green beans and a tomato sauce as we did.


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