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Lamb Kofta with Spiced Yogurt
Perhaps due to my Australian decent, the birth of spring at my house means delicious, juicy barbecued lamb. Since Mother Nature is off to a sluggish start for outdoor grilling this year, this dish is just as lovely cooked inside. Lamb can be a polarizing meat choice for some, so I find these cumin and garlic infused kofta balls offer a milder tasting option for those who may be on the fence. It serves up nicely with a fresh side salad or grilled veggies, plus the lamb balls themselves are an easy make-ahead recipe.
Preheat oven to 450 F
• 1lb ground Lamb
• 1/2 medium white onion
• 2 garlic cloves
• 1 tbsp cumin
• 2 to 3 in. of thinly sliced cucumber (don’t cut them too thin, you want a little crispiness in every bite).
• 1 tsp salt
• 1 tsp cracked pepper
• Crushed chilli oil (to taste)
• 1/2 cup greek yogurt
• 2 tbsp fresh torn mint
In a food processor, add onion and garlic and pulse until finely minced, then add lamb, cumin, salt-pepper and continue for a few seconds until combined. Remove and roll into golf ball sized portions.
In a fry pan over medium heat, add a healthy splash of olive oil, fry balls gently, turn and rolling occasionally until golden, remove and place on a parchment lined baking tray and roast for 5 to 7 minutes.
Smear yogurt on your platter, add lamb balls, sliced cucumber, drizzle with crushed chili oil (or your favourite chili oil or sauce) and fresh mint.