Authentic Lamb Kofta Recipe

Kofta’s are meatballs…Greeks make lamb koftas, but us Indians combine a spiced lamb meatball mix with a fragrant curry sauce. Its a marriage made in heaven! To make the cooking process faster, a day before I fried a batch of onions (around 6 onions) to last the week for other dishes. Also, making this dish when fried onions have been cooked prior, reduce the smell and time taken to make this dish.

Authentic Lamb Kofta Recipe

Serves up to 6 people

Lamb Meatballs

Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 cup fried onions
  • 2-3 tbsp oil
  • 3 small cardamoms, break the shell and grind the black seeds
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 bayleaf
  • 1/2 frozen ginger cube
  • 1 frozen garlic cube
  • 1tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp Laziza Queema mix
  • 1/2 tsp kashmiri chilli powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp Alpro coconut yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp tin chopped tomatoes
  • 700ml water

Method: Kofta’s

Mix the lamb mince with all the ingredients until well combined. Make ~24 evenly shaped balls, cover with clingfilm and place in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.


Method: Sauce

Heat the gas to a medium/high heat, in a large saucepan add the oil and onions. After 3 minutes add the ground cardamom seeds and cinnamon . After 1 minute add the ginger and garlic and fry for another minute. Add turmeric, chilli, cumin and masala powder. Stir well and add tomatoes, mix and fry the spices until the spices separate and oil is visible around the edges (~ 5 minutes).


Turn the gas  to a low heat, add the yoghurt and mix. Then add 150ml of water, use a hand blender and blend the spice paste until smooth.


Put the heat back up to medium and add salt and remaining water. Simmer the sauce for 5-7 minutes until the sauce gets thicker (lid off). Slide in the meatballs one by one and shake the pan to settle them, cover with the lid and add the bayleaf. After 3 minutes, carefully shake the pan side to side (do not mix).



Simmer for 25 minutes until the meatballs are cooked through. Serve with Basmati rice


I don’t add bread into the kofta mix as I prefer the meatballs MEATY.  You can also use Turkey mince if you’d like it to be healthier. This had a punch of flavour! When you are craving comfort food, try my authentic kofta recipe… you won’t be disappointed.

Much Love,

Kimren xo

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