Look at these savory lamb kofta kebabs… They are packed with the most beautiful and fragrant Middle Eastern spices you can imagine!
Serve these beauties with a generous scoop of flavorful and fluffy orange zest couscous!
I have a serious weakness for Middle Eastern spices!
How about you?
Because there is just something in them that make me salivate right away.
It is like smelling caramelised onions.
And what better type of meat goes better with those spices than lamb!
Look at these savory lamb kofta kebabs below.
I love harissa paste.
Have you heard of harissa before?
It is a Tunisian spicy paste I use quite often when cooking.
Harissa is a flavorful chili pepper paste that consists of dried red chili peppers, garlic, olive oil and a bunch of toasted spices such as caraway seeds, coriander seeds and cumin seeds.
You can even make harissa paste at home from scratch if you like, it is easy and fun!
If you like the sound of that, then I would like you to take a look at the harissa paste recipe by The Spruce Eats.
I have tried that recipe before and it is a winner.
Lamb Kofta Skewers with Harissa & Couscous
You can use this harissa flavor bomb in stews, soups and meat marinades.
Or add extra olive oil and dip some bread in it!
It is just delicious.
Do you also like harissa?
Then you surely have to take a look at my spicy harissa spaghetti for instance.
That is hands down one of my husband’s most favorite pasta dishes.
And what about the couscous?
Do you often cook couscous?
I love it to bits. It is light and fluffy, and that fine texture of the couscous grains in your mouth is very pleasant.
If you prepare couscous the right way of course: here is how to do it!
This flavorful couscous is the perfect side dish for these sizzling lamb kofta!
Best Harissa & Lamb Kofta Skewers Recipe
Look at these savory lamb kofta kebabs... Packed with beautiful Middle Eastern spices and served with a flavorful orange zest couscous!
- 6 oz dry couscous (170 g)
- 1 cup vegetable stock (240 ml)
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 9 oz lamb mince (250 g)
- 1 tbsp spicy harissa paste
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp paprika powder
- a handful fresh cilantro chopped
- a handful fresh mint chopped
- 2 tbsp orange zest grated
- 2 oz fresh cucumber (55 g), diced
- a handful canned chickpeas
- 2 tbsp red onion chopped
- 2 tbsp raisins chopped
- garlic powder
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp unsweetened yogurt
- olive oil
- First of all, make couscous. Bring the vegetable stock to a boil. Then pour the dry couscous in a heat resistant bowl and add the hot stock.
- Place the butter on top and cover the couscous. Let it sit for 10 minutes. In the meantime add the lamb mince to a bowl and sprinkle with half of the cumin, half of the coriander and half of the paprika. Then add the harissa and season with some garlic powder and salt.
Knead the lamb mince well. Then divide the lamb mince in 4 portions. Shape it into even balls (or any shape you want) and push a skewer through each of them. Place the skewers in the fridge for now.
Stir the warm couscous well. The stock should be fully absorbed by now. Let the couscous cool down fully. Add the freshly chopped mint and cilantro and the rest of the spices.
Stir well and add the orange zest, chopped raisins, diced cucumber, chickpeas, red onion, a drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice. Season with a pinch of salt.
Stir the couscous well. Check the seasoning and add extra spices or condiments. Place the couscous in the fridge. Grill, pan fry or bake the lamb skewers until cooked through. Then divide the couscous over deep plates and top with the lamb skewers. Finish with a tablespoon of yogurt and serve.
Where does kofta come from?
Kofta is a dish that originated in the Middle East, Central and South Asia, and has since spread to other regions.
It is made from various types of ground meat, spices, and vegetables, and can be shaped into balls, patties or cylinders.
What meat is usually used to make kofta?
Kofta is usually made with ground beef, lamb, or chicken.
Occasionally, it can also be made with fish or vegetables.
Can you make vegetarian kofta?
Yes, it is possible to make vegetarian kofta.
Instead of using ground meat, vegetables such as potatoes, eggplant, or zucchini can be used to make the dish.
What to serve lamb kofta with?
Lamb kofta is a delicious and flavorful Middle Eastern dish.
To accompany it, you could serve it with a side of couscous, roasted vegetables, a simple salad, tzatziki sauce, hummus or grilled flatbread.