Keto Ground Lamb Kofta Recipe

lamb kofta recipe

Juicy, richly flavored and utterly delicious, this easy lamb kofta recipe makes a great dinner. This version was designed with keto in mind, so you won’t find any breadcrumbs in there. Enjoy these with sauce, pita bread and sliced salad veggies.

Koftas are popular all over the Indian subcontinent including the Middle East, Balkans, Central Asia, and also northern Africa. They’re enjoyed in Greece, India, Pakistan, Albania, Iran, Afghanistan, Georgia, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, Morocco, Turkey, and Romania.


  • 1 pound (450g) ground lamb (lamb mince)
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro (fresh coriander)
  • 2 minced garlic cloves (or garlic powder)
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger (or a pinch of dried)
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion or shallot (or onion powder)
  • Pinch each of oregano, dried coriander and cumin
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Oil, for frying


  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl using your hands.
  2. Divide the mixture into 8 pieces and roll each one into a ball.
  3. Squeeze them so they’re elongated and about 1/2-inch (1.5cm) thick.
  4. Arrange them on a plate and cover with foil, plastic wrap or another plate.
  5. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  6. Heat a good splash of oil in a skillet.
  7. Add the lamb koftas and cook them for about 5 minutes per side.
  8. Cut into one to check for doneness (no pink remaining) or use a meat thermometer to see whether they are 160 degrees F in the center.


  • Prefer to air fry this lamb kofta recipe? They’ll take about 12 minutes at 375 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  • Something tangy like sheep’s cheese or feta really goes well with this lamb kofta recipe.
  • Feel free to tweak the ingredients – I added a pinch of mild curry powder because I was out of cumin (well I wasn’t – I found it later in the wrong place in the pantry, but never mind!)


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