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Lamb and Pistachio Koftas Recipe


This is an easy and simple but delicious midweek meal that has beautiful flavours! I’ve chosen to make these koftas a bit special by including FreshLife Pistachios and Ground Almonds in the mixture – it gives them a tasty nutty flavour and great texture. Pistachios have a lovely sweetness and give great crunch, while the Ground Almonds help keep the koftas nice and moist. Both are a source of healthy protein, too – bonus!


Lamb and Pistachio Koftas Recipe
  • ½ Medium Onion
  • ¼ Cup Chopped FreshLife Pistachio Kernels
  • ¼ Cup FreshLife Ground Almonds
  • 1 tsp Ground Cumin
  • ¼ tsp Chili Flakes
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 500g / 1lb Lamb Mince or Beef Mince
  • 2 tsp Oil
  • 1 Bag Baby Spinach
  • ½ Red Onion
  • ¼ Cup FreshLife Whole Cranberries (or you can used Sliced if you don’t have Whole)
  • Juice of half a Lemon
  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Pepper
  • 4 Pita Breads
  • ¼ Cup Greek Yoghurt
  • Extra FreshLife Pistachios for sprinkling on top
  1. Make the koftas by combining the onion, pistachios, ground almonds, cumin, chilli flakes, minced garlic clove, salt and lamb mince. Roll out into oval shaped meatballs.
  2. Heat a heavy based pan over medium-high heat and add the oil. Cook the koftas on each side for 4-5 minutes or until browned and cooked through.
  3. While the Koftas are cooking make the salad. In a large bowl combine the spinach, red onion and cranberries. Add in the lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper. Toss the salad well.
  4. Warm the pita bread up in the oven or a baking tray for 5-10 minutes at 180/350.
  5. To serve the koftas, top the pita bread with the salad, 2 of the lamb and pistachio koftas and a drizzle of greek yoghurt. Top with a few chopped pistachios for some texture and enjoy.

Thanks to FreshLife for sponsoring this recipe. They have a delicious range of nuts, seeds and dried fruit – awesome for adding texture and flavour to your recipes, no matter what you’re making. The range is available from the baking aisle in Countdown and selected New World stores.

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