Lamb Koftas with tomato rice and lentils


Lamb Koftas with tomato rice & lentils

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 500 grams lamb mince
  • 1 brown onion grated
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil finely chopped
  • 420 gram can lentils drained, rinsed
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 420 gram tin tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken stock or water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup plain greek style yoghurt
  • 12 fresh basil leaves garnish for top

Spice Mix

  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper


  • Make spice mix. Place all ingredients in a bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Place mince, onion, breadcrumbs, cinnamon, garlic, coriander and 1 1/2 tbsp of spice mix in a bowl. Using your hands , mix well to combine. Shape heaped tablespoons of mixture into ovals to make 16 koftas.
  • Place brown rice with spice mix, tin tomatoes and 1 cup water or stock into a pan. Bring to the boil and then turn down heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Add lentils to the rice and cook for a further 15 minutes until all liquid is absorbed. Take of the heat and leave in the pot.Mix with a fork so rice fluffs up.
  • In a frypan, add oil on medium heat. Add koftas . Cook shaking pan so koftas brown all over for 10 mins or until cooked. Serve rice and lentils into a bowl and top with koftas and fresh basil leaves.


When I made this dish. I had no stock so used water and a tin of tomatoes. I also substituted coriander for fresh basil leaves. This is such an easy recipe to do mid week.

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