Kofta Lamb Kebabs with Lemon Yogurt Sauce

These kofta lamb kebabs come together quickly, making this the perfect dinner for a busy weeknight. Either wrap the kofta in Naan bread or stuff them in a pita. Drizzle with the flavorful and refreshing yogurt sauce and serve with a cool cucumber salad.


1 pound Niman Ranch ground lamb

1/4 cup minced onion

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon curry powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/4 cup breadcrumbs

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 lemon, zested and juiced, juice reserved

2 tablespoons finely chopped mint, divided

1 cup plain Greek yogurt

Salt and pepper

Naan bread or pita bread, for serving

Chopped cilantro, for garnish

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat the grill to high heat. If using wooden skewers, soak in water to prevent burning.
  2. Stir together the onion, cinnamon, cumin, curry, salt, pepper, breadcrumbs, egg, lemon zest and half of the mint.
  3. Add the ground lamb and gently mix until all ingredients are well combined.
  4. Shape the lamb into 8 oval meatballs. Slide two meatballs onto each of 4 skewers, then flatten them slightly.
  5. Reduce the grill to medium high and grill the kebabs until the meat is cooked through, about 4-5 minutes per side.
  6. While the kebabs are grilling, make the yogurt sauce by stirring the reserved lemon juice and remaining mint into the yogurt. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and let stand for the flavors to meld.
  7. Heat the naan bread for a minute on the grill. Place the kebabs on a piece of naan. Drizzle with the yogurt sauce, garnish with cilantro and serve.

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