Kofta Kebabs


These kofta kebabs are made with ground lamb that's seasoned with garlic and six different kinds of spices, then molded onto skewers and cooked on the grill. They are very good!

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
28 skewers


  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 pound ground lamb

  • 3 tablespoons grated onion

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ tablespoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 28 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes


  1. Mash garlic into a paste with salt using a mortar and pestle or the flat side of a chef's knife on your cutting board.

    Overhead shot of garlic being crushed with wooden mortar and pestle

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  2. Mix garlic into lamb with onion, parsley, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, allspice, cayenne pepper, ginger, and pepper in a mixing bowl until well blended.

    Overhead shot of meat mix in a bowl for kofta kebabs

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  3. Form mixture into 28 balls. Form each ball around the tip of a skewer, flattening it into a 2-inch oval; repeat with remaining skewers. Place kebabs onto a baking sheet, cover, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or up to 12 hours.

    High angle of kofta kebabs being formed on skewers, on a baking sheet

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  4. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.

  5. Cook skewers on the preheated grill, turning occasionally, until browned and cooked through, about 5 to 6 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of a kebab should read at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).

    Looking down at grilled kofta kebabs on a baking sheet

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  6. Serve hot and enjoy!

    overhead angle looking at a plate of kofta kebabs with lettuce and tomatoes



The most affordable way to purchase the spices is in bulk at either a health food store or an Asian or Middle-Eastern market.

Serve with yogurt, flatbread, lettuce, tomato, and cucumber.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

35 Calories
2g Fat
1g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 28
Calories 35
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 78mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 46mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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