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sweet & spicy lamb koftas

sweet & spicy lamb koftas

When looking for inspiration for healthy on-the-go finger food, I find that the mediterranean food I grew up with has a lot to offer, and I thoroughly enjoy revisiting old family recipes. These koftas are quick and easy to make, keep well, and will provide you with the perfect make ahead lunch box item for kids and adults alike.



makes 10


500g lamb mince
1/4 cup unsulphured dried apricots (the brown ones)
1 cup chickpeas (drained)
1 red pepper, finely chopped
1 egg
1 teaspoon ground smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon olive oil

Possible extras:
Chorizo, diced finely
Feta, diced finely
Chopped parsley



prep time: 20mins
cook time: 20-25mins

  • Preheat oven to 190°C

  • Add the drained chickpeas to a food processor with one tablespoon of olive oil, a pinch of salt and blend until smooth

  • In a large bowl, add the lamb mince, chopped apricots and peppers and mix well

  • Add the ground chickpeas, egg and all spices and mix everything together

  • With your hands, start forming the kofta in sausage like shapes and set aside

  • Once all done, we recommend metal skewers to cook them in the oven as they help distribute the heat through the meat and speed up the cooking process

  • This mix should make 10 individual koftas

  • Slide the skewers in the over for 20 to 25 minutes until nicely coloured and cooked through


the health boost tip

This recipe is so easy and delicious. That same mix could be made into mini burgers/sliders, or even meatballs. They are delicious hot or cold and that is why they make the perfect lunch box item with mashed avocado and wrapped in a flat bread.

For more healthy inspiration for your kids lunch box, check our blog section.

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