Love this recipe. I've made it several times now. However, as with most recipes on this site, the spice portions are just too mild to be noticed. With this recipe, I doubled the following ingredients for the kofta and love the results: mint, cumin, turmeric. The sauce portions are PERFECT. Delicious, easy recipe.
OK, so I've perfected this recipe for our house....My recommendation is to use only a smidge of the cumin in the sauce, and to add seeded chopped fine cucumber to the sauce. Kafta's as is.... I've made this many times - we just love this. Husband calls this lamburgers...
So flavorful! I followed the recipe except for using non-fat Greek yogurt and lean beef instead of lamb. I can only imagine how good this would be with lamb instead of the beef. Unfortunately the store was out of lamb. I served the kofta, sauce and rice with grilled zucchini. One question -- why is it called harissa yogurt sauce when there's no harissa in it?
I made these with lean turkey instead of lamb. They were very dry, and really needed a lot of the sauce, which was really delicious. If I make them again, I will probably use a higher fat content chicken or turkey. I can't eat onions, didn't add them, and they were great. Took longer than 20 minutes to prepare.
This was a very tasty meal that came together quickly. I substituted ground beef for the lamb which tasted very good. The only other substitution I made was to use Sriracha chili sauce instead of the red pepper flakes in the sauce. I just used a few drops, as it's very spicy and it worked very well. The sauce really sets off the dish. I didn't have time to cook rice, so I served it with pita pockets instead with fresh green beans on the side. You could easily add some leafy greens to a pita if you wanted to amp up the nutrition profile even further. My kids (7 & 4) ate it enthusiastically! I'll definitely make this again.
I only made the kofta, which I served with couscous and a yogurt sauce cobbled together out of stuff in the fridge. The kofta were great! In order to Bittman-up this recipe (cut down meat per serving) I used only 3/4 lb of lamb and replaced the rest with cooked bulgar. I also substituted the cilantro with mint because I am one of those people. I got tasty, flavorful results with great texture. I'd say this recipe is a great starting point for ground lamb.
I used organic 8% lean beef instead of lamb(we're not huge lamb lovers)and were very happy with the results. I pretty much kept to the recipe but used my food processor for the harissa sauce which was divine! The whole family loved this dish. I added a simple salad of romaine, cucumber and tomato with a quick vinaigrette. I will definitely make this again. It was quick and delicious! A note to others...you can sometimes find saffron at Trader Joe's for a fraction of the cost at other supermarkets...and it comes in an adorable glass jar, which can be used for a bud vase!
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