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Spicy Lamb Koftas and Courgette Tzatziki with Greek Salad

28 Mar 2016 4 35 Mins

Prep time: 35 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes

This recipe is an absolute cracker. The koftas are packed with big flavours, the tzatziki has a great twist and it’s all topped off with aromatic dukkah – this dish really is international.


500 grams lamb mince
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 red onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons cumin seeds, toasted and crushed
2 teaspoons chilli flakes
salt and pepper
2 medium courgettes
200 grams plain Greek yoghurt
1½ teaspoons sumac
1 garlic clove, minced
juice of half a large lemon
salt and pepper
Greek salad
1 medium cucumber, halved and cubed
250 grams cherry tomatoes, halved
½ cup olives
120 grams feta, cut into small cubes
half a red onion, very thinly sliced
small handful fresh oregano
salt and pepper
olive oil
To serve
4 medium size pita bread, warmed in the oven
100 grams rocket
4 tablespoons dukkah

4 x metal skewers


Koftas: Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until soft and tender. Add the cumin seeds and chilli flakes and cook for a further 2 minutes then set aside to cool.
Once cooled, add the lamb mince and mix well to combine. Divide into four equal portions, shape into sausages and thread each one onto a metal skewer.
Heat a barbecue or griddle pan to high and cook the koftas for 5-6 minutes, turning to ensure all sides are cooked.

Tzatziki: Grate the courgettes onto a clean tea towel. Sprinkle over a good pinch of salt and leave for 5 minutes. Gather up the tea towel and squeeze out all the moisture. Place the courgette in a large bowl with the yoghurt, sumac, garlic and lemon juice. Mix well, season to taste with salt and pepper and place in the fridge until required.
Greek salad: Place the cucumber, tomatoes, olives, feta and onion in a serving bowl. Mix well, season with salt and pepper, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and garnish with the fresh oregano.
To serve: Place some rocket on each pita, add a kofta, top with tzatziki and sprinkle with dukkah. Serve with the Greek salad.

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