Lamb koftas with minted couscous recipe

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serves: 4
Prep: 30 min
Cooking: 10 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 566 kCal 28%
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  • A light and refreshing middle-eastern dish with a zesty twang.


    • Koftas450g (1lb) minced lamb
    • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
    • 1 garlic clove, crushed
    • 10ml (2tsp) ground coriander
    • 10ml (2tsp) ground cumin
    • 5ml (1tsp) paprika
    • 30ml (2tbsp) fresh
    • coriander, chopped
    • Squeeze of lemon juice
    • Couscous
    • 225g (8oz) couscous
    • 45ml (3tbsp) olive oil
    • 15ml (1tbsp) lemon juice
    • 1/2 cucumber, finely diced
    • 4 spring onions, finely chopped
    • 45ml (3tbsp) fresh mint, chopped
    • 4 tomatoes, cut into chunks
    • Lemon wedges and mint sprigs, to garnish


    • To make the koftas, place the mince, onion, garlic, spices, fresh coriander and lemon juice in a food processor. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then process until very finely minced.

    • Divide the mixture into 12 and shape each into an oval. Push each oval on to the end of a long wooden skewer and place on a foil-lined grill pan. Cook the koftas under a preheated medium grill for 8-10 mins, turning frequently until browned and cooked through.

    • Meanwhile, prepare the couscous. Place the couscous in a bowl and pour over 250ml (9fl oz) boiling water. Cover and leave to soak for 5 mins. Fluff the couscous with a fork and stir in the olive oil, lemon juice, cucumber, spring onions and mint. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

    • Serve the koftas with the couscous and tomatoes, garnished with lemon wedges and mint sprigs.

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