Grilled Lamb Koftas with Cucumber Raita Grilled Lamb Koftas with Cucumber Raita

Food styling by Ashley Denton | Prop styling by Sasha Seymour Image by: Jeff Coulson

The grilled koftas are also delicious served with hummus and a cucumber-and-tomato salad instead of pitas.

  • Prep time 30 minutes
  • Total time 30 minutes
  • Portion size 4 servings


Cucumber Raita:
  • 1/2 cup plain Balkan-style yogurt
  • 1/3 cup grated peeled cucumber squeezed and patted dry
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic finely grated or pressed
  • pinch each salt and pepper
  • 450 g ground lamb
  • half small onion finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 8 pitas
  • 1 cup coleslaw mix or shredded cabbage
  • 1 lime cut in wedges (optional)


Cucumber Raita: In small bowl, stir together yogurt, cucumber, mint, lime juice, garlic, salt and pepper. Set aside.

Koftas: In large bowl, stir together lamb, onion, cilantro, garlic, chili powder, coriander, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper. Form into eight 4-inch (10 cm) long sausage-shaped ovals, pressing to pack.

Thread onto 8 metal or soaked wooden skewers; brush koftas all over with oil. Place on greased grill over medium-high heat; close lid and grill, turning once, until grill-marked and no longer pink inside and instant-read thermometer inserted in several reads 160°F (71°C), 8 to 10 minutes.

To finish: While koftas are cooking, grill pitas over medium-high heat, turning once, until warmed and grillmarked, about 2 minutes. Top pitas with raita, coleslaw and koftas. Serve with lime wedges (if using).

Tip from The Test Kitchen: For a thick and creamy raita, squeeze and pat dry the grated cucumber before stirring it into the yogurt.

Nutritional facts per serving: about

  • Fibre 4 g
  • Sodium 988 mg
  • Sugars 4 g
  • Protein 34 g
  • Calories 571.0
  • Total fat 16 g
  • Potassium 604 mg
  • Cholesterol 60 mg
  • Saturated fat 6 g
  • Total carbohydrate 74 g


  • Iron 40.0
  • Folate 55.0
  • Calcium 18.0
  • Vitamin A 11.0
  • Vitamin C 15.0
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Grilled Lamb Koftas with Cucumber Raita