Quick Lamb Kofta with Harissa Yogurt Sauce Recipe

Quick Lamb Kofta with Harissa Yogurt Sauce Recipe

Preparation Time: 20 Minutes
Servings: 4 (serving size: 3 patties, about 1/4 cup sauce, and about 1/3 cup rice)

Ingredients:
Rice:

  • 1 (3 1/2-ounce) bag boil-in-bag jasmine rice
  • 1 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions

Kofta:

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh onion
  • 2 tablespoons 2% Greek-style plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground lamb
  • Cooking spray

Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup 2% Greek-style plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup chopped bottled roasted red bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Procedure:

  1. To prepare rice, cook boil-in-bag jasmine rice and saffron in boiling water according to package directions.
  2. Drain; fluff rice with a fork. Sprinkle with green onions.
  3. While rice cooks, prepare kofta. Combine cilantro and next 9 ingredients (through lamb); shape into 12 oblong patties.
  4. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray.
  5. Add patties to pan; cook 10 minutes or until done, turning occasionally to brown on all sides.
  6. While kofta cooks, prepare sauce. Combine 1/2 cup yogurt and remaining ingredients.
  7. Serve sauce with kofta and rice.
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