Try this delicious Lamb and Mushroom Kaftas recipe served with cumin yoghurt sauce.

The recipe makes approximately 10 koftas.



Yoghurt sauce:

  • 250ml double cream plain yoghurt
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 small garlic clove, finely grated
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

To serve:

  • 8 large pitas / 16 mini pitas
  • Crunchy fresh lettuce
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Lemon wedges
  • Olive oil for cooking
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Working in batches, place the mushrooms in a food processor and blitz until fine.
  2. Sauté in a dry, hot pan until all the moisture has been cooked out and the mushrooms begin to brown. Allow to cool.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add the lamb mince, cooled mushrooms, and the rest of the kofta ingredients. Mix well.
  4. Divide the mixture into 10 even balls.
  5. Using damp hands, shape the mixture around 10 medium-sized metal skewers.
  6. Place in the fridge while you preheat the grill to medium-high. Brush grates with a little neutral oil.
  7. Grill koftas until golden brown all over and just cooked through.
  8. Allow to rest for 5 minutes.
  9. Whisk yoghurt sauce ingredients together and season to taste.
  10. Serve koftas alongside warm toasted pitas, crunchy lettuce, and generous dollops of yoghurt sauce. Sprinkle everything with mint leaves and flaky salt.
  11. Serve with lemon wedges, and enjoy!

Lamb and mushroom koftas recipe

Lamb and Mushroom Koftas Recipe Notes

This Lamb and Mushroom Koftas Recipe is courtesy of the South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association (SAMFA), a group of farmers who grow and love mushrooms.

They share their passion by promoting all varieties of mushrooms, creating unique recipes that showcase the many flavour profiles of mushrooms, and engaging in charity campaigns that make the world a better place.

Why mushrooms?

These powerful little foods are packed with nutrients and fibres, have very few calories, and are an excellent source of plant protein. If spiced right, they even make a great meat replacement!

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