Lamb and Pistachio Kofte
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: European
  • 500 g Lamb, minced
  • 1 Onion (grated)
  • 3 Garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 50 g Currants
  • 50 g Pistachios (shelled and crushed)
  • ½ tsp Sweet paprika
  • ¼ tsp Allspice (ground)
  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon (ground)
  • 1 Handful Parsley (chopped)
  • 1 Handful Mint (chopped)
  • Greek Yoghurt
  • Lemon Juice
  • Tahini
  1. Lightly toast pistachios in a dry pan, then crush roughly with a knife or a food processor.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients (apart from the yoghurt, lemon and tahini) together, preferably by hand, for at least 5 minutes until smooth. Form into golf ball-sized patties.
  3. Heat some oil in a pan to medium. Flatten kofte and cook on both sides until golden brown.
  4. Serve with yoghurt mixed with lemon juice and a little garlic and sprinkle with some crushed pistachios. Alternatively, serve with tahini mixed with lemon juice and garlic and a little water and some crushed pistachios. Served with couscous and some grilled zucchini.
Recipe by Craig Cooks at