In need of a little umph and energy?
These Spicy Lamb Koftas from my Ayurvedic bible Eat Right For Your Shape are the perfect energy building food.
Lamb's gamey taste will remind you of the strong blood building qualities of red meat which also helps you build internal heat; a serious requirement of the flighty vata, who tends to feel the cold and become destabilised physically and emotionally. Vatas out of balance caused by a lack of warmth, grounding and digestive fire will be prone to dry skin, poor circulation, muscular aches and pains and arthritis.
Koftas are such a comfort food; even their name is filled with an ultra-cosy vibe. Their hearty nature will warm up your metabolism, so you feel warm from the inside out but can be eaten any time of the year. Rosemary & cumin highlights add to the warmth and spiciness of this rustic and sturdy dish.
Where possible, it’s important to purchase organic and 100% grass fed and finished lamb, which will contain higher amounts of healthy fats including omega-3 fatty acids, bringing another level of wholesome nourishment to build energy and stamina.
Pastured meat’s EPA fatty acid components are also incredibly important for mental health, as EPA is directly linked to brain function and emotional stability.
The fat content in these lamb kofta’s will bring an increase in digestive fire, as will the inclusion of fiery spices like warming ginger and the grounding zing of fresh parsley.
Lamb's natural oily and warming qualities will make you feel capable and maybe even a little competitive. It’ll bring the bounce back to your step, and make you feel more focused and driven.
Enjoy these delightful ayurvedic kofta’s as a midweek meal that’ll be enjoyed by the whole family.
Kids will especially find them fun to eat on their little skewers, and they’re a great way to ground littlies as a trusty witching hour meal to bring them back down to earth!
For busy families, double the recipe for lunch the next day. You can even serve them minus the skewer as a great protein addition to a salad made with seasonal vegetables.
I hope you enjoy them 🙂 Let me know what you think in the comments section below.
Spicy Lamb Koftas
Serves 4 makes 8 koftas
- 500 g (1 lb 2 oz) minced (ground) lamb
- 1 small brown onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 2.5 cm (1 inch) piece of ginger, peeled and grated
- 1 tablespoon chopped mint
- 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf (Italian) parsley
- 1 teaspoon mild paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- Celtic sea salt, to taste
Preheat a chargrill pan or barbecue hotplate to medium. To make the koftas, mix all the ingredients in a bowl until well combined. Divide the mixture into eight portions and form each into a short sausage shape. Thread each onto a bamboo skewer and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
Place the skewers on the prepared pan or hotplate and cook for 10 minutes, turning halfway through.
Serve with a garden salad in warmer months or roasted vegetables in winter.