For the past week I have kind of fallen off the wagon with my eating habits and I knew that if I didn’t try and nip it in the bud, it would escalate and I would put all the weight I’ve lost back on again, which I desperately didn’t want to do. But sometimes, breaking the cycle is so hard. This week, I’m going to plan out my meals, particularly lunches for work and having breakfast so I’m not tempted to snack on crap.
Saturday night is always a night where I like to have a tasty meal. I’m not too strict at the weekend, but I thought this Saturday I would at least try to have something homemade and not too bad for me! Koftas are one of those things that we don’t have often, but when we do, we really enjoy them! The best thing about them is that they’re super simple to do, literally anyone could make them, even if you’re not the most experienced cook and they’re so much nicer than getting a takeaway kebab.
I don’t eat a lot of cheese, but I do enjoy feta so thought it would go really well with the lamb mince and all of the spices. I didn’t make them too spicy, but we had a homemade tzatziki with ours to cool them down. I also served them with salad and wholemeal pitta breads. The quantities below are enough to serve three people as we had some leftovers.
Prep time – 15 minutes.
Cooking time – 30 minutes.
- 450g lamb mince. We got ours from our local butchers.
- 1 medium brown onion, finely diced.
- 1 red chilli, finely diced.
- 1 tsp lazy garlic.
- Good handful fresh coriander.
- 150g feta cheese.
- 1 tsp mustard seeds.
- 1 tsp cumin seeds.
- 1 tsp smoked paprika.
- 1/2 tsp garam masala.
- 1/2 tsp chilli powder.
- 1 tsp ground coriander.
- 1 tsp ground cumin.
- 1 tsp ground ginger.
- 1 egg.
- For the tzatziki – 3 tbsp fat free natural yoghurt.
- Finely chopped fresh mint.
- Finely diced 1/4 cucumber.
- Salt and pepper to season.
- In a large frying pan, add 1 tbsp oil. Add the cumin seeds, mustard seeds and lazy garlic. Fry off for one minute.
- Add the chilli and onion. Make sure the heat is on medium and cook for around 8 minutes.
- Add the fresh coriander and all of the spices to the onion. Cook for two more minutes.
- Remove from the heat and add to a large bowl, along with the lamb mince, feta and an egg.
- Mix all the ingredients together and then shape into small kebabs. I got 10 good size ones out of the mixture.
- Place on a baking tray ready for cooking.
- For the tzatziki, just mix all the ingredients in together.
- I grilled my koftas, put your grill on a medium heat and turn frequently so they cook evenly. Plus, you need no extra oil and they’re not greasy like they would be if you fry them. They take around 15 minutes to grill on a medium heat, any hotter and they will be in danger of burning.