Lamb Kaftas with Rose Infused Dipping Sauce

The cuisines of North Africa and the Middle East influence these kaftas or lamb patties. Serve with a rose-infused minted yogurt sauce. Photo credit: Adrianna Adarme from A Cozy Kitchen.

Serves: 12
25 mins Prep time 15 mins Cook time
25 mins Prep time
15 mins Cook time
  • For the Dipping Sauce, mix yogurt, cucumber, mint and rose water in medium bowl. Cover. Refrigerate until ready to serve

  • For the Lamb Kaftas, mix lamb, onion, poppy seed, cumin, salt, black pepper, cinnamon and cayenne pepper in large bowl. Add egg; mix well. Form 2 heaping tablespoons of the lamb mixture into a 3-inch long roll. Repeat with remaining lamb mixture to make about 12 kaftas

  • Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in large skillet on medium heat. Add 1/2 of the kaftas; cook 7 minutes or until cooked through and browned on all sides. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining kaftas, adding remaining 1 tablespoon oil as needed

  • To serve kaftas, carefully slide a wooden skewer lengthwise through center of each kafta. Serve with Dipping Sauce

Cooking tip

Test Kitchen Tip: Rose water is available in the international aisle of some supermarkets, online specialty stores, or Middle Eastern markets.

Nutrition information

(Amount per serving)

  • 138Calories: 138Cholesterol: 44mg
  • Sodium: 199mgProtein: 9g
  • Total Fat: 10gFiber: 1g
  • Carbohydrate: 3g