Tave Kosi (Lamb and Yogurt)

Prep Time
Cook Time
2h 45m
Ready In

Recipe: #34392

February 25, 2020

"The ingredients in this dish – lamb, butter, oregano, garlic and yoghurt – speak of Albania’s Mediterranean cuisine. Also known as tave Elbasani, after the city in central Albania where it originates, this comforting classic is popular throughout the country"

Original is 8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (446.7 g)
  • Calories 695
  • Total Fat - 40.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 16.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 711.7 mg
  • Sodium - 493.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 18.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.2 g
  • Sugars - 2.9 g
  • Protein - 61.9 g
  • Calcium - 200.2 mg
  • Iron - 6.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.4 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Heat 2 tablespoons of butter and the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

Step 2

When the mixture is hot but not smoking, add the lamb and mix well.

Step 3

Cook, stirring regularly for 5 minutes or until the meat is golden brown.

Step 4

Add garlic and cook, stirring for 2 minutes, then add water.

Step 5

Bring to a boil and cook over low heat for 1 hour 30 minutes.

Step 6

Season with salt and pepper.

Step 7

Remove the lamb and reserve.

Step 8

Pour the rice and the oregano in 2/3 cup of the broth obtained and cook according to the package instructions. Reserve the rest of the broth.

Step 9

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Step 10

Melt 6 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan.

Step 11

Add the flour to obtain a roux, then add a large ladle of reserved broth. Mix well.

Step 12

Remove from heat and let cool.

Step 13

Whisk the eggs for 1 minute then add the yogurt and whisk for 2 minutes.

Step 14

Add the broth and butter mixture and mix vigorously with a whisk until smooth.

Step 15

Add the cooled rice and season with salt and pepper.

Step 16

Spread the pieces of lamb at the bottom of a large baking dish, pour the egg mixture, sprinkle with the remaining butter, diced.

Step 17

Bake for 40 minutes.

Step 18

Serve immediately.


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