Turkey & courgette koftas

Use turkey thigh mince in this cheap weeknight treat flavoured with cumin, parsley and mint – perfect with salad and crème fraîche dip

  • Prep:15 mins
    Cook:20 mins
    plus soaking and chilling
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 381
  • fat 17g
  • saturates 8g
  • carbs 23g
  • sugars 11g
  • fibre 6g
  • protein 31g
  • salt 0.6g


  • 500g pack turkey thigh mince
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • zest and juice 1 lemon
  • 140g courgettes, coarsely grated
  • ½ pack flat-leaf parsley
  • ½ pack mint, leaves only, finely chopped
  • 85g half-fat crème fraîche
  • 50g Greek yogurt
  • 1 small cucumber, halved, deseeded and thickly sliced
  • 4 carrots, grated
  • 140g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 flour tortillas, each cut into 8 wedges
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  1. Soak 8 wooden skewers in cold water for 10 mins. In a bowl, combine the mince, garlic, cumin, lemon zest, courgettes, half the mint and parsley, and some seasoning. Using wet hands, divide the mixture into 8 and form into sausage shapes around the skewers. Chill for 20 mins.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together the crème fraîche, yogurt, remaining mint, a squeeze of lemon juice, and some seasoning, then set aside. Toss the cucumber, carrots, tomatoes, remaining parsley and remaining lemon juice together in a bowl.

  3. Heat the grill and line the rack with foil. Toast the tortilla pieces for 3 mins on each side or until crisp. Brush the koftas with the oil and grill for 14-16 mins, turning until browned. Serve the koftas with the salad, minty dip and tortilla crisps.

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