Eat on the Cheap: My Lamb Kofta

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Serves 4


500g lamb mince – $5
1 egg, lightly whisked – $0.5
3 tbs dried breadcrumbs – $0.5
2 small garlic cloves, minced – $0.25
1/4 small red onion, finely diced – $0.3
1/2 bunch mint leaves, roughly chopped – $1.50
3 tsp ground cumin – $0.2
1 tsp dried chilli – $0.2
Zest of 1 lemon – $1
Salt and pepper
1 can (400g) chick peas, drained and washed – $0.8
1/4 small red onion, finely sliced – $0.3
2 zucchini, julienned – $1
1/2 bunch of fresh mint, leaves removed – $1.50
Juice of 1 lemon – Free as we used the zest
1tbs extra virgin olive oil – $0.2
Salt and pepper
TOTAL: $13.25
Serve with natural yoghurt and pita bread.


Throw all of the ingredients for the kofta, minus the egg and the lamb mince, in a small mixing bowl. This might sound weird, but DO IT! Give the ingredients a good mix together. Then add the lamb mince and the egg to mixture and season well with salt and pepper.
Gently fold the mix together with your hands until it’s just combined. You’re doing it this way so you don’t overwork your meat. Because if you overwork your meat, you get a tough kofta and NO ONE likes a tough kofta!!
Once the mix is combined, shape the mix into 4 identical sausage shapes – again, don’t overwork your sausage. Leave the koftas to rest for half an hour.
Pre-heat your BBQ or hot plate to a medium-low heat. Lubricate the koftas with a touch of oil and then place onto the BBQ for 8 minutes – turning every couple of minutes. Leave the koftas to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
For the salad – it’s super hard so listen up. Throw everything into a bowl, season it with salt and pepper, mix it, then serve it!
All up you just spent $13.25 on dinner for you and three friends!!

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