Fast Recipes

Spiced lamb köfte with warm carrot salad

Australian Gourmet Traveller gourmet fast recipe for spiced lamb köfte with warm carrot salad.

By Emma Knowles
  • Serves 4
  • 30 mins cooking
Spiced lamb köfte with warm carrot salad
Spiced lamb köfte with warm carrot salad

The köfte (step 1) can be made a day ahead. You’ll need 4-6 metal skewers for this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 small Spanish onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) olive oil
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 3 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2 tsp each dried chilli flakes and dried mint
  • 800 gm coarsely minced lamb
  • Finely grated rind of 2 lemons
  • To serve: shop-bought hummus, coriander, lemon wedges and warm flatbread
Warm carrot salad
  • 50 ml olive oil
  • ½ Spanish onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots, cut into julienne on a mandolin
  • 90 gm thick plain yoghurt
  • Finely grated rind and juice of 1 lemon

Method

Main
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 200C. Process onion and garlic in a food processor until finely chopped. Heat 30ml oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, add onion mixture, stir occasionally until tender (2-3 minutes). Add ground coriander, spices and mint, cook until fragrant (1 minute). Transfer to a large bowl, refrigerate to cool, add lamb and lemon rind, mix with your hands until mixture comes together (2-3 minutes). Mould ¼-cups of mixture into oval shapes and thread 2 onto each metal skewer.
  • 2
    Heat remaining oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat, add skewers and cook, turning occasionally, until browned (3-4 minutes). Transfer to oven and cook until cooked to your liking (5-6 minutes for medium).
  • 3
    For warm carrot salad, heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat, add onion and garlic, stir occasionally until tender (3-4 minutes), add carrot and stir occasionally until tender (4-5 minutes). Remove from heat, add yoghurt, lemon rind and juice, season to taste and serve with lamb köfte, hummus, coriander, lemon wedges and warmed flatbread.