Lamb kofte with sweet and sour red cabbage

  • serves 4
  • Easy

With a kick of chilli heat and delicious sweet and sour red cabbage on the side, these lamb kofte make for a quick, easy and cheap midweek meal that everyone will love.



  • lamb mince 500g
  • egg 1, beaten
  • breadcrumbs a handful
  • red chilli 1, finely chopped
  • red onion 1, grated
  • parsley a small bunch, chopped
  • ground cumin ½ tsp
  • cloves 2, ground
  • garlic 1 clove, crushed
  • pitta or flatbreads to serve
  • Greek yoghurt to serve


  • red wine vinegar 3 tbsp
  • golden caster sugar 2 tbsp
  • red cabbage ½, shredded


  • Step 1

    To make the sweet and sour cabbage, put the vinegar and sugar in a small pan and heat until the sugar dissolves. Toss with the cabbage and plenty of seasoning and set aside for 20 minutes, tossing every 5 minutes.

  • Step 2

    To make the koftes, put the rest of the ingredients (except the pitta and yoghurt) in a bowl and mix well with your hands. form into 12 balls and squish onto the end of skewers (soak wooden ones in water for 20 minutes first, so they don’t burn), to make fat torpedo shapes (if you don’t have skewers just grill without). Grill for about 10 minutes, turning until browned and cooked through. Serve with the cabbage, pitta breads and greek yoghurt.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 352
  • Carbs 18.5g
  • Protein 28.1g
  • Fat 18.9g
  • Salt 0.43g
  • Fibre 2.8g