Lamb Kebab Recipe


These lamb kebabs are called kofta kebabs. Unlike Greek lamb gyros, the patties are pan-fried instead of grilled. I mixed the lamb with garam masala, ginger garlic paste, chiles, ground almonds and bread, which gives the kebabs a denser texture. The finished dish is very refreshing, served with roasted vegetable couscous or pita bread and hummus.

As I think I’ve told you, lamb is probably one of my favorite meats, but I don’t cook it very often because of the high cholesterol. If you’re serving lamb for a party, I would advise you to season the meat well with lots of spices to cover the strong, distinct smell that some people might not like.

1. Info for Lamb Kebab Recipe

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  • Servings: 14
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2. Ingredients for Lamb Kebab Recipe

  • 3 pounds boneless lamb shoulder
  • 2-½ teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons papaya paste (see tips)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 6 tablespoons
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • 6 tablespoons canola oil, as needed
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1-¼ teaspoons salt
  • 6 tablespoons ground almonds, roasted and ground into a fine paste
  • 1 cup bread, crust removed and cubed
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped

3. Directions:

  1. Trim the lamb of all visible fat, cut into 1-½” cubes and place the meat and bread in a meat grinder (I used a Kitchenaid meat grinder attachment but you could use a food processor if you don’t have one).
  2. In a bowl, combine the lamb, yogurt, papaya paste, ginger garlic paste, paprika, garam masala and red chili powder. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of oil. Marinate the meat for at least an hour.
  3. Preparing the kebab mixture: Add almonds, caramelized onions, mint and cilantro to the lamb mixture. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Checking the seasoning: In a small pan, heat about 1 teaspoon of canola oil. Add about 1 to 2 tablespoons of the lamb mixture. Cook for about 2 minutes. Taste the meat. Adjust seasoning with more salt and pepper if necessary.
  5. Grease disposable gloves with oil (just as you would for Indian cutlets). Form 14 round thick patties and place them on a tray, lined with parchment paper. Chill them in the freezer for 30 minutes (this step will make the cooking of the patties much easier).
  6. Remove the patties from the freezer. Brush the patties with a little oil and cook them right from the freezer.
  7. Using a large flat non-stick griddle pan, heat 3 tablespoons of oil and pan-fry the kofta kebabs until there is a nicely browned crust; flip them and brown the other side as well, for a total of 3-4 minutes per side.
  8. Serve immediately with sliced jalapeños, fresh mint and cilantro, fresh julienned ginger and lemon slices on the side.
  9. Bon appétit!

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