Monday, 23 March 2015

Lamb Koftes

I’ve just come back from a glorious holiday visiting Marmaris in Turkey.  At first I was a little miffed by the lack of authentic food that I found there, most of the restaurants catered to brits abroad when all I wanted to do was eat proper Turkish food!    We hired a boat for the day and the captain cooked us the most wonderful food.  How he made this feast in the smallest two hob kitchen is beyond me – but it was a delight and a memorable part of our holiday!   He served us the most fantastic Koftes and ever since I have got back I have had a hankering for these little tasty delights!

My recipe may not be the most authentic, but they taste pretty darn good – and I have some good testimonials to them!

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes

Cooking Time: 15 Minutes

Serves 4-6
You Will Need:

500g Lean Mince Lamb (can be substituted with beef if you prefer)
1/2  Red Onion Grated
2 Cloves Garlic Crushed
1 1/2 Tsp Cumin
1/2 Tsp Ground Allspice
1/2 Tsp Dried Oregano
1/4 Tsp of Crush Chilli add more or less depending on how you like it
1/2 Tsp Paprika
Bunch of Flat Leaf Parsley Chopped
2 Tsp Lemon Juice
Salt & Pepper

For the Garlic & Lemon Yoghurt

You Will Need:
Tub of 0% Total Greek Yoghurt
1 Garlic Clove minced
2 Tsp Lemon Juice


In a big bowl combine the mince, onion, garlic, spices,parsley, lemon juice and seasoning

Divide the mixture into equal sized balls and flatten to be more like patties rather than balls

Heat a griddle pan and fry the koftes until cooked through (they expel a lot of fat so you won’t need to use any oil – you can spray a little oil in the pan if you want)

Using the Yoghurt pot, add the garlic and lemon juice to the yoghurt and stir – if you can leave in the fridge until you want to use it, otherwise you can serve straight away

Drizzle the yoghurt on top of the Koftes or dip!

Weight Watchers Pro Points Value: 8PP Serving 4 People 5 Serving 6

Filling & Healthy Value: 7PP for 4 – 5PP for 6

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