Skinny lamb and spinach kofta

These spicy kofta are really easy to make and, at only 36 calories each, fit in perfectly to a 5:2 menu. We had them with a big helping of salad with feta and olives, a dollop of reduced fat hummous and some home-made tomato toast (just toasted sourdough bread, piled high with finely chopped tomatoes and spring onions and left just long enough for the juice to soak into the bread – yum!). All that came to just over 400 calories, so you could easily have it as a fast day meal.

I got 9 kofta out of this mix, but you might get more (or less). To make it easier for you, the calories count of the whole mixture is 324 – just divide that by however many kofta you make.

5:2 recipe: skinny lamb and spinach kofta – 36 calories each

Skinny spinach and lamb kofta

Ingredients – makes 9 (or more/less!)

  • 150g lean lamb mince: 249 calories
  • 40g frozen chopped spinach, defrosted: 10 calories
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped: 23 calories
  • 2tsp harissa paste: 12 calories
  • 1 cube Dorot ginger: 5 calories
  • 5g frozen chopped garlic: 6 calories
  • 1tsp ground cumin: 8 calories
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander: 5 calories
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon: 3 calories
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes: 3 calories


  • Put all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and squish it all together with your hands until thoroughly combined.
  • Form into meatball or kofta shapes, place on a pre-heated baking tray and cook for around 25 minutes.
  • Halfway through cooking time, check the kofta – if there’s a lot of juice/fat in the tray, tip it away and dry off the tray.

I made the lamb kofta for dinner on a fast day last week and my husband and I both enjoyed them. They’re packed with flavour and I served them with a small salad. We’re having them for dinner again tonight!


Hi Alison. Thanks for trying out the recipe – I’m so glad you enjoyed them! And thanks for letting me know too – I love to hear things like this! Enjoy them again tonight :-)