These minced lamb meatballs are served Greek-style on skewers with couscous, chickpeas and peppers and come topped with a tasty mint yoghurt dip
Serves: 4
Prep time: 35 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
Total time: 55 mins
Skill level: Bit of effort




    • 500g (1lb) lean minced lamb


    • 1 onion, peeled and chopped


    • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed


    • 2 tbs chopped fresh mint


    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


    • 250g (8oz) couscous


    • 1 tsp bouillon stock powder


    • 290g jar flame roasted peppers, drained and chopped


    • 410g can chickpeas, drained


    • Juice of 1 lemon


    • 1 tbs chopped fresh parsley


    • Few sprigs of marjoram, optional


    • 2 tbs olive oil


    • 12 cherry tomatoes


    • 4 tbs tzatziki (yogurt with mint or cucumber)


    • Few sprigs of fresh mint


    • 8 bamboo skewers






    1. Soak the skewers in a shallow dish of water. Put the minced lamb into a bowl with the onion, garlic, mint and salt and pepper. Mix everything together well. Shape into 24 walnut-sized balls. Thread 3 lamb koftas on to each skewer. Cover and chill.


    1. Put the couscous into a bowl, add the bouillon stock powder and 200ml (7fl oz) boiling water. Stir and leave for a few minutes for the couscous to absorb the liquid. Add the peppers and chickpeas.


    1. Add the lemon juice, parsley, 1 tbsp oil, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.


    1. Preheat the grill to high. Put the koftas on to the grill pan with the tomatoes and drizzle with 1 tbs oil. Grill for 10 mins, remove the tomatoes and add the couscous. Turn the koftas and grill for 5 more mins.


    1. Serve the koftas on top of the couscous, with a dollop of tzatziki, and garnish with a sprig of mint.
      To freeze, open freeze the kebabs on sticks. Once frozen, cover with film and put into a freezer bag for up to 3 months. Grill from frozen for 25 mins.



Nutritional information per portion



sugars 0.0g fat 5.8g saturates 2.3g salt 0.0g calories 143(kcal)


This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.