Nelly combines hot and cold with this quick and easy balanced dish. His chimichurri sauce lives to offset his spicy ground lamb.






Skill level

Average: 4.6 (12 votes)


  • 1 cup coarsely chopped watercress leaves
  • 2 tbsp chopped oregano leaves
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley  
  • 1 small jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 125 ml (½ cup) olive oil
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) red wine vinegar

Lamb kofta 

  • 600 g lamb mince 
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika 
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 3 tsp ground cumin
  • 3 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • Salt to taste

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


  1. Preheat the barbecue chargrill (or the oven to 180˚C).
  2. For the lamb kofta, place all the ingredients into a bowl and use your hands to combine well.  Once you're happy with the seasoning, shape 100 g portions around metal skewers and refrigerate until ready to cook.
  3. For the watercress chimichurri, place the watercress, oregano, parsley, jalapeño red onion and garlic in a bowl and stir to combine well. Mix in the salt, olive oil and vinegar. You can also place all the un-chopped ingredients in a small food processor and blitz until coarsely chopped.
  4. Chargrill or bake the kofta for 6-7 minutes, turning occasionally. Spoon over the watercress chimichurri and serve. 


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Photography by Danielle Abou Karam.