This lamb kofte with Arabic rice is flavourful and delicious!

lamb kofte recipe

Lamb kofte is one of my families favourite meals, as it is super tasty and fun to eat.

You can always find a minced steak or mince lamb in the Reduced section, so this can often turn out to be a really cheap but good quality meal, that can easily be bulked out , to go further. Add a packet of pitta breads and the kids are in their oils.

A nice thing to add to the lamb kofte is Parsley, chopped up really finely, as this gives it a fab taste and it looks a bit more impressive.

This recipe is based on 4 eating.

dscf0878YOU WILL NEED…..

1 packet Good quality steak or lamb mince

1 crust of stale brown bread

1 egg

2 tbsp. chilli flakes

1 tbsp. cumin

1 tbsp nutmeg

1 tbsp tomato puree

1 tbsp garlic puree

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper



4 cups pf rice

9 cups of boiling water

1 large spoonful of butter

2 tsp salt

1 chicken stock cube

half a cup of ORZO or vermicelli

dscf0880 Melt the butter in a large pan and fry the Orzo or Vermacelli until it is a nice golden brown colour, and then add the rice, stock cube and salt and coat the rice in the butter.

Add the boiling water, give it a good mix and then turn the heat down to a low setting and pop a lid on. This will take around ten minutes, turn off the heat and do not remove the lid until you are about to serve, as the steam will keep on making the rice nice and soft.

dscf0883 In a bowl mix all the Kofte ingredients and break down the bread into small pieces, mix this all together with your hands and work it all together really well.


Shape the kofte into little disks and fry them on a griddle pan or grill them.

Serve this with the rice and a side salad.


I used an Arabic herb called SOMMAK, which goes really well with onions, lemon juice, parsley and salt. Just chop up an onion finely, add 2 tsp of Sommak, chopped parsley, juice of half a lemon and a tsp of salt, mix well and serve.


Try another delicious lamb recipe here.