Greek Koftas with rice and yogurt sauce
500g / 1lb 2oz minced lamb
1 small onion
1 small egg
1 ½ teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon of lemon juice or zest of 1 lemon
2 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon dried mint OR 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
1 lamb or vegetable stock cube
Ingredients For Yogurt Sauce
200g / 7oz Full fat Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1½ teaspoons lemon juicePREPARATION TIME: 15 minutes
Peel and finely chop the garlic.
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.
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.
Mixing ingredients for Greek lamb koftas
Firm each kofta well again so that it doesn't break up when cooking.
Greek koftas ready for cooking
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.
Greek koftas cooking
Skewer two Koftas per person, serve with rice and a salad or green beans and a tomato sauce as we did.
Greek koftas served with rice