Lamb Kofta by Bertus Basson

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With the release of my new book – Road Tripping – I’d thought it’s only right that I share one of my favourite recipes from the book! After much deliberation I settled for Bertus Basson’s Lamb Koftas! These are not only delicious and packed with flavour – but they are super easy to pull of at home. So please, do yourself a favour and get your hands messy with this one!


You will need:

  • 400g minced lamb
  • 10g fresh coriander, chopped
  • 5 g coriander seeds, toasted and crushed
  • 5 g cumin seeds, toasted and crushed
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • loads of salt and pepper


Mix all of the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl, and knead the mince thoroughly until properly combined. Shape into balls and fit three on each skewer. Place on a braai grid over moderate coals and braai, while turning them often until browned on all sides. You want the koftas to still be juicy, so make sure you don’t overcook them.

While the koftas are on the go, lightly toast some pita breads and make a little salad by mixing together thinly sliced cucumber, chopped red onion and mint.

Once ready – prepare yourself for the best skewer of your life and tuck in!


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